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  • Skyline Gondola and Restaurant

    Queenstown Things to Do

    For the most spectacular view of Queenstown, visit the Skyline Gondola. This takes you to Bob's Peak, offering a panoramic vista over the entire town and its environs. This is the best thing to see if you have only a very short time in Queenstown, and want to make the most of it. In addition to the view, there is a restaurant (which I didn't...

  • Millbrook Resort Queenstown

    Queenstown Hotels

    I haven't stayed at this resort but my boyfriend has. On our trip to Queenstown he took me here to...

  • Skyline Restaurant.

    4 out of 5 stars

    Queenstown Restaurants

    If ever you need an excuse for a food feast indulgence then I would happily recommend the Skyline Restaurant buffet. Each night they serve up an impressive smorgasbord specialising in fresh, local produce and while your feast you are also treated to the most spectacular night views of Queenstown. The buffet begins at 5:45pm and you will need to...



See all 343 Dunedin Tips
  • The Palms

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Dunedin Restaurants

    The Palms Restaurant is set in a older style building,looking out at the Queens Garden. We booked in for my daughter's 18th birthday and ate the most delicious food. The presentation, taste,quantity and staff are to be recommended. This is a 5star plus restaurant in Dunedin. I'd recommend you try here and won't be disappointed. I tried the NZ Lamb....

  • 858 George Street

    Dunedin Hotels

    We spent 3 nights staying here. The two rooms we had (1 twin and 1 double) were spacious,...

  • The Catlins

    Dunedin Off The Beaten Path

    Waipapa Point is one of several places along the Catlins Coast where it is possible to see Hooker’s Sea Lions. These endangered animals are found mostly at the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands, but a few live on the Otago Peninsula, the Catlins Coast, and on and around Stewart Island. Much larger and more aggressive than the shy New Zealand Fur Seal,...


Milford Sound

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  • Easy to have a car

    Milford Sound Transportation

    If you already have a car in New Zealand before taking this trip to Milford take the car with you. I find having your own wheel is the easiest way to get toIs a long drive to Milford but it is a very scenic drive. You are going to stop a few times on the way. We drove to Te Anau the night before, and the next morning we have an early start We took...

  • Milford Sound Lodge

    Milford Sound Hotels

    As others may have commented, there is accommodation in Milford Sound. And by that, I mean only one...

  • On the way to Milford

    Milford Sound Things to Do

    This is one of my favorite place in New Zealand. I love the whole country, So far, NZ is one of my favorite destination.When traveling in New Zealand Milford sound must be in your list. It is quite a remote area but It is really worth of going there. And join the cruise to the fjord which is amazing place to discover. It is a bit annoying going to...



See all 248 Akaroa Tips
  • French Connection shuttle

    Akaroa Transportation

    Full sized bus, $35 return (for a 1.5 hour journey each way from Christchurch) Driver on the way down even gave a bit of a commentary, which is unusual for more or less an express service, and had a scheduled stop at a reasonably priced cafe high on the banks peninsula for 1/2 an hour (to give excursionists a chance to have a coffee before their...

  • Akaroa Criterion Motel

    Akaroa Hotels

    75 Rue Jolie, Canterbury, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, 8161, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • French Bay

    Akaroa Things to Do

    Be amazed by the spectacular views of Akaroa Harbour and the Canterbury Plains on the high scenic drive from Christchurch



See all 210 Kaikoura Tips
  • Divine homemade food

    Kaikoura Restaurants

    Poppy's cafe in Kaikoura has sublime homemade food. The quiche was packed with goodness and came with an awesome tomato relish for $5.Followed this up with a divine cookie cheesecake for $6.50.Friendly service and a bright small seating area.They also do huge ice cream cones.

  • Maxtons On The Shore

    Kaikoura Hotels

    Reading the brochures of Maxtons you would expect beach or at least lovely mountain views but from...

  • Great spot on the coast

    Kaikoura Restaurants

    The Store is a cafe about 60km north of kaikoura, right on the beach overlooking incredible blue sea. Tea and coffee was $8. It was busy on a Tuesday and probably a well known stop off point on the road up and down from picton.They have a lovely garden which is huge and croquet and others games like noughts and crosses for the kids. On a sunny day...


Arthur's Pass National Park

  • Castle Hill

    Arthur's Pass National Park Things to Do

    Look familiar? Castle Hill was the site of the battle scens in the movie 'Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe'. It is in a privately owned station on the road from Christchurch across Arthur's Pass. It is a popular spot for 'bouldering' - climging over the huge limestone boulders. Limestone from this region was used in the...

  • The road from Arthur's Pass to the West

    Arthur's Pass National Park Things to Do

    On leaving Arthur's Pass State Highway 73 runs through Otira Gorge over the Otira Viaduct. After climbing down from the mountains you have a choice.Follow SH 73 along the Taramakau River to Kamara Junction and the intersection with SH 6 along the West coast. ORTake the turn to the right into Lake Brunner Road which takes you past picturesque Lake...

  • Otira Viaduct Lookout

    Arthur's Pass National Park Things to Do

    After leaving Arhtur's Pass township traveling west there is a lookout on the left. From here you can get a great view of the Otira Gorge and the new viaduct. What an amazing piece of engineering. It takes much time off the journey for big trucks and is much safer.The lookout is also a favourite haunt of the cheeky mountain parrot - the Kea. He...



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  • Intercity : Picton to Kaikoura

    Picton Transportation

    If you're travelling around New Zealand and don't have your own wheels, one of the options available to you is Intercity New Zealand.Intercity have a number of ticket options available to you; these include pass options (so that you can keep your itinerary flexible) as well as single/return journey options.If you need to make a firm itinerary to...

  • Tourist Court Motels

    Picton Hotels

    I did not stay here, but it's right in the centre of Picton. Not sure how the cost compares to other...

  • Edwin Fox Maritime Center

    Picton Things to Do

    From their website: The Edwin Fox Maritime Centre is open every day from 8.45am to 5pm (in the Summer until 6:30) at Dunbar Wharf, which is only a two minute walk along the foreshore from the Cook Strait Ferry terminal in Picton. Thousands of people visit the museum and the ship each year in its lovely setting in the Queen Charlotte Sound. To view...



See all 116 Lyttelton Tips
  • Historic Town Walk is a thing of the...

    Lyttelton Things to Do

    Update 2013You can still walk the streets of Lyttelton and pass the sites I had described in the tip below - but instead of the beautiful historic buildings you will find mostly empty sites. Nearly all big old buildings have been demolished in the meantime. One exception: at the site of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Winchester Street you will...

  • No more time-check at the Timeball...

    Lyttelton Things to Do

    Update April 2011 - Update 2013Unfortunately the Timeball Station that had just been renovated was terribly damaged in the 22 February 2011 earthquake and even worse in June 2011. So instead of being dismantled and restored at some point, the beautiful mini-castle-like building was demolished. However, efforts are being made to fund the...

  • The lost beauty of the Harbour Lights

    Lyttelton Things to Do

    Update 2013The Harbour Lights Theatre has been one of the historic buildings that have been demolished soon after the February 2011 earthquake. All you can see there right now is an empty space :-( Although it sits intriguingly on busy London Street you cannot just visit or have a coffee at the Harbour Light Theatre - although it is a licensed...



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  • Historic town

    Oamaru Things to Do

    If you have the time, go for a walk around the "Original Commercial area of Oamaru." This area is known as.... New Zealand's most complete Victorian Streetscape. with buildings dating from the 1870's to 1890's as they were in the past. Most of them are built out of the local limestone. This area is being restored, and although when we walked...

  • Highfield Mews, Oamaru

    Oamaru Hotels

    244 Thames Street, Oamaru, 9400, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Gently visit the yellow eyed penguins...

    Oamaru Things to Do

    Bushy beach is a quiet are along Oamaru coast, where you are likely to see yellow eyed penguins. Differently from the little blue penguins, yellow eyed are very shy, they don't like to see or hear humans. The beach is visible from high above, bringing a pair of binoculars and/or camera zooms is a very good idea!We were lucky enough to see one...



See all 118 Wanaka Tips
  • Intercity : Franz Josef to Wanaka / to...

    Wanaka Transportation

    If you're travelling around New Zealand and don't have your own wheels, one of the options available to you is Intercity New Zealand.Intercity have a number of ticket options available to you; these include pass options (so that you can keep your itinerary flexible) as well as single/return journey options.If you need to make a firm itinerary to...

  • The Moorings

    Wanaka Hotels

    Brilliantly positioned opposite the lakefront right near the heart of the town, the Moorings contain...

  • Puzzeling world

    Wanaka Things to Do

    Extremely recommended, a great fun for adults and kids. also a great dear of toys to remember the wonderful experience.NZ$17 per adult. kids NZ$11.



See all 49 Invercargill Tips
  • Intercity : Queenstown to Invercargill/...

    Invercargill Transportation

    If you're travelling around New Zealand and don't have your own wheels, one of the options available to you is Intercity New Zealand.Intercity have a number of ticket options available to you; these include pass options (so that you can keep your itinerary flexible) as well as single/return journey options.If you need to make a firm itinerary to...

  • Surrey Court Motel

    Invercargill Hotels

    Was the best motel I have stayed in for such a long time. Friendly hosts, the unit was so clean and...


    Invercargill Off The Beaten Path

    The Purakaunui Falls are a cascading multi-tiered waterfall on the Purakaunui River, located in a small reserve of mixed podocarp and beech forest. A 10 minute walk on an excellent track takes you to the falls.The Purakaunui Falls car park has a picnic area with toilets.Another beautiful one, tumbling 20 metres over three distinct tiers.LocationThe...



See all 53 Timaru Tips
  • Visit the Aigantighe Art Gallery

    Timaru Things to Do

    For a start you would surely be interested to know how to pronounce Aigantighe, am I right?Well, it is: “Egg and Tie”.The word is Scottish Gaelic and means: at home.The Scottish name of this Edwardian house refers to the first owners who were born in Scotland and made Timaru their new home. Aigantighe was built in 1908 as the retirement home of...

  • Ashley Motor Lodge

    Timaru Hotels

    95-99 King Street, Timaru, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • The Aviary

    Timaru Things to Do

    Down in the park area, adjacent to the botanical gardens is the Timaru Aviary.It is a small domed enclosure with many exotic birds. There may be some local New Zealand birds, but most are imported. There are parrots, wood birds, ducks, egrets, etc.The fenced enclosure has some segregated cages to isolate some birds, yet many are free flying in the...



See all 76 Hokitika Tips
  • Glass Art

    Hokitika Shopping

    The shop features an area where the art of glass blowing/design is displayed. This is a local craft and beautiful pieces range from souvenir nick nacks to large home design items.I bought a little hand crafted Penguin.Check the link below for a list of items available and their prices. My little penguin cost me ~ $45 NZ

  • Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki

    Hokitika Hotels

    State Highway 6, 30 km north of Haast, Lake Moeraki, South Island, 7842, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Beautiful works of art

    Hokitika Shopping

    I didn't buy my Pounamu in Hokitika but it was made by a Hokitika carver.There are a few shops in the town but I bought some earrings for my sister from the Mâori Heritage Centre. Nephrite Jade, New Zealand Greenstone or Pounamu - all names for a beautiful stone; mainly shades of green but it also is found in other colours from almost black,...


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