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    Gondola Ride to Port Hills

    by kharmencita Updated Apr 30, 2014

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    To be at the Top of the World is always something amazing for me. A gondola lift to the top of Mount Cavendish was opened in 1992, providing convenient access to the summit and a major tourist attraction for the Canterbury area. So i didn´t miss riding on the Gondola way up to the upper part of the Land. With my Family it was perfect because we did lots of fun: joyriding.

    Amazing Cable Car ride to the TOP! me on TOP of the PORT HILLS on Top of PORT HILLS
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    Franz Josef Glacier

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Feb 19, 2014

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    In the year 1983 I managed to visit the Franz Josef Glacier within the Westland Tai Poutini National Park, one of the parks included in UNESCO.
    I had to buy an excursion in the hostel where I was lodged since they told me (and I believed them) that I could not go alone.
    The excursion, together with about a dozen of tourists from several nationalities (there were even two girls from Monterrey in Mexico), took several hours. We were given special shoes and sticks and followed the guide instructions.
    He, our guide, told us that Franz Josef Glacier is the closest located to the Equator in the whole world.
    We all came back to the hostel grateful and happy. It had been a wonderful excursion, and not expensive at all.

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    Waitomo Glowworm Caves

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Nov 8, 2013

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    About 2 hours south of Auckland is this cave known for its concentration of glow worms. The cave itself is not that special but the sight of the glow worms makes it all worthwhile. Unfortunately pictures are not allowed in the cave so you'll have to see for yourself.

    Waitomo Waitomo
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    The Domain - Auckland

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 17, 2013

    This is Aukland's oldest park. It occupies the site of a former volcano. Despite rainy weather we had pleasant stroll here. It is home to The Auckland War Memorial Museum. We also found a statue of Rabbie Burns here - just to make me homesick.

    The Auckland War Memorial Museum
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    Devonport, Auckland

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 17, 2013

    One of the great things to do in Auckland is to go to the old ferry building and go on a boat trip. Had we had time, we would have tried them all. As it was we chose the trip to Devonport. This was a beautiful place and it had great views back towards Auckland and great views of the volcanic island of Rangitoto.

    Devonport Devonport and Auckland skyline. Devonport and Auckland skyline. Devonport and Auckland skyline.
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    Polynesian Spa - Rotorua

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 17, 2013

    We treated ourselves to a wonderful relaxing soak in the geothermal pools at the Polynesian Spa . A splendid way to ease all your aches and pains. Also very theraputic for eczyma sufferers like me. The pools overlook the beautiful Rotorua Lake.

    View over lake from Polynesian Spa Polynesian Spa View over lake from Polynesian Spa
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    Whakarewarewa Thermal Village

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jul 17, 2013

    Our hotel in Rotorua overlooked the Whakarewarewa Thermal Village. At night we could hear the boiling mud bubbling away outside our window.

    We visited Whakarewarewa Thermal Village twice. First, we went during the day and were escorted round by a very friendly Maori guide who showed us all the geothermal activity - steaming pools, geysers, bubbling mud. We also visited the Maori cultural centre and saw traditional crafts and learned more about the Maoris' traditional way of life. Then we saw a Maori dance display, including the famous haka.

    We returned at night for a hangi - a traditional Maori feast cooked in the ground, more entertainment and a very relaxed fun evening.

    Whakarewarewa Thermal Village Whakarewarewa Thermal Village Whakarewarewa Thermal Village
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    Whakarewarewa Thermal Village 2

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jul 17, 2013

    I would strongly recommend a visit here. The Maori people who live here are incredibly hospitable and friendly. It was fascinating to see their buildings with the lovely wooden carvings and to see their traditional dancing.

    Maori craft Maori craft Maori building style Traditional greeting. Traditional Greeting.
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    Old St Paul's Cathedral, Wellington

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 17, 2013

    We paid a visit to this beautiful old wooden building. One of my New Zealand friends tells me she got married here, what a lovely setting for a wedding. This building used to be the cathedral in Wellington, but that role has now been taken by a bigger, more modern building - also called St Paul's Cathedral. The church was consecrated by Bishop Abraham on 6 June 1866. It is located at 34 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon.

    Old St Paul's Cathedral, Wellington.
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    Wellington Cable Car

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 17, 2013

    We arrived in Wellington on Boxing Day. It was, at least on a public holiday, an incredibly quiet place. Most restaurants were closed. One thing still open was the funicular which took us up to the top of the hill. From where we enjoyes great views over Wellington and had a lovely wander round the botaens.

    Wellington Cable Car Wellington Botanical Gardens View over Wellington
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    Arthur's Pass

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 17, 2013

    We wanted to enjoy some of New Zealand's spectacular mountain scenery, so we booked a train trip to Arthur's Pass. We had a couple of hours there before we had to catch the train back so went for a stroll, visited the waterfall and made use of one of the cafes.

    Arthur's Pass Arthur's Pass Arthur's Pass Coastal Walk.
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    Christchurch Cable Car

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 17, 2013

    Now this I do know is up and running again as I checked it out on line.

    We went here by bus from the centre of Christchurch. The cable car takes you up to the top of an extinct volcano. It last exploded 6 million years ago. There are fantastic mountain and sea views from this point.

    View from Christchurch Cable Car. View from Christchurch Cable Car. View from Christchurch Cable Car. View from Christchurch Cable Car.
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    Christchurch Botanical Gardens

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 17, 2013

    We visited Christchurch in 2004. In 2011 it was hit by a massive earthquake; I do not know if these beautiful gardens were affected.

    Our hotel was a bit away from the centre of Christchurch and our most direct way into the centre was to stroll through the botanic gardens, thus we were lucky enough to walk through these gardens repeatedly. Parts of them are by the banks of the river. They were stunningly beautiful gardens with the most wonderful rose garden I have ever seen. From time to time we would see people punting on the river. It felt like we had been suddenly transported to Oxford or Cambridge.

    Sensational roses. Christchurch Botanical Gardens. Christchurch Botanical Gardens. More roses.
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    Breathtaking Scenery, and Unique Wildlife.

    by Anniko Updated Apr 19, 2013

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    World-renowned for its adventure, Queenstown is home to a huge choice of adrenaline based activities ... However, if like us, your desire is to explore at a more relaxed pace, there’s also plenty on offer.

    The Queenstown Skyline Complex sits high on Bob's Peak, and is reached by the gondola cableway. The entrance to catching it, is located 5 minutes by foot from central Queenstown.
    Although I dislike heights, I didn't find the gondola ride to Bob’s Peak too uncomfortable ... if anything, it gave me a thrill. The views from the top are superb, providing a stunning bird's-eye panorama of The Remarkables, and Lake Wakatipu. There is a shop, restaurant, toilets and plenty of seating up there, but the views are the thing. Plus there’s the luge. We didn't try it, but our traveling companions enjoyed the experience.

    Queenstown is known for its spectacular skiing and snowboarding, and turns into a winter sports paradise from May to August. Although a non-skier, we took the bus up to The Remarkables ski fields and appreciated the scenery ... For me, it was my first encounter ever, with snow. It had fallen the night before, and was crisp and powdery. You don't have to ski to enjoy the area.

    We also hopped on the last surviving steamship on Lake Wakatipu, the “TSS Earnslaw”.
    It was a lovely cruise with spectacular views. The steamer, from a past era, was very well maintained. We took the return trip on Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Passengers can check out the engine room, and observe the crew shoveling the coal.
    During the cruise, we saw stunning views of the lake and Queenstown, and amazing scenery of snow-peaked mountains. Seeing the lake from the wharf was great, but aboard this ship, it was incredible.

    The Kiwi Birdlife Park is a great place to view the elusive kiwis that are rare, nocturnal and exist only in New Zealand. The park is a relaxing place to spend time. The area is beautiful with lots of trees, and other rare birds are on display too. We were able to see all of them, and the endangered reptile, the tuatara, up close. The informative show given at the start of our visit was excellent too.

    For something a bit different, and amusing at the same time, there is an underwater observatory beneath Lake Wakatipu where you can view and feed native diving ducks ... (New Zealand Scaup), as well as fish, and an occasional big eel. The observation windows were huge and clean. There were seats too if you wanted to relax a bit. We enjoyed this unique experience, that is hidden under the jetty where thrill seekers board the speed boat.

    On top of Bob's Peak! Skiing on The Remarkables! Cruising Lake Wakatipu! Kiwi Birdlife Park Underwater Observatory!
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    Toilet visit- Hundertwasser Toilets.

    by CDM7 Written Apr 3, 2013

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    Several people had mentioned to me that i should visit the Hundertwasser toilets which is in the small town of Kawakawa in the northern region of New Zealand.
    These toilets were designed by Austrian architect Frienenriech Hundertwasser,who lived in the town from 1975 until his death in 2000.The toilets are a mixture of ceramic tiles,bottle glass windows,mosaic tiling,copper handwork,cobblestone floors and a grass roof.
    I must say it seemed a bit strange taking photos inside a toilet block.

    Inside view. Entrance to toilets.
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There is so much to do and something for everyone. Adventure sports, more relaxed activities and many water based adventures.

Lots of tracks for tramping (hiking) either day trips or...

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