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    Kepler Track

    by kiwi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you enjoy hiking and have a reasonable level of fitness and agility, you may like some of our walking tracks. This one, The Kepler 60kms, is in the very scenic area known as Fiordland National Park. You can trek either direction, and it returns to the same point of finish/start. I recommend travelling to Luxmore Hut first and then to Iris Burn hut, not the other way. This means you traverse the tricky and steep staircase in the alpine section, going downhill not uphill.
    You go through a really nice variety of terrain ranging from Beech forest to alpine ridgetops to river valleys and lake fronts. All isolated places made more easily accessible by this great track.
    You can view my photos and report on my Kepler page.

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    SEE A REAL KIWI!

    by kiwi Updated Sep 22, 2004

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    Well you really must see a Kiwi while in New Zealand. There are just a few places to do this. I am a New Zealander and I have never seen one in the wild, mostly because they are nocturnal and are only found in fairly thick bush, where I don't go.
    I have been on bush camps and heard them at night, but never seen any.
    I will compile a list of places to see a kiwi, so you can maybe plan your itinerary to include this.
    Auckland Zoo - Auckland.
    Rainbow Springs - Rotorua
    The Kiwi House - Otorohanga
    Mt Bruce national wildlife bird sanctuary - Wairarapa.
    Kiwi & Birdlife Park - Queenstown

    And I believe you can take tours on Stewart Island during the nightfall to see kiwis grazing on the coast naturally. I'll try to find out a link for you for this one.

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    Cultural visit

    by ray_d Written Jun 28, 2004

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    Waitangi is a spiritual place. Nothing prepares you for the beautiful setting of this historic place.
    Set in acres of lawns and overlooking a most magnificent bay of Islands, this is a place of reverence.
    The meetinghouse is nothing special but in its simplicity it overwhelms the most ornate baroque church. It is a place for the people. A place to think of ancestors.

    One can view an incredible canoe. One that inspires with its length and technology. New Zealand is not only the land but also its people that are as proud and magnificent as the land they live in

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    Waitangi National Reserve

    by martin_nl Written Oct 16, 2004

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    Waitangi is adjoined to Paihia and this is where the controversial treaty between the Maori people and the representatives of Queen Victoria's goverment was signed in 1840. There is quite a lot to see here, like the largest Maori war waka (canoe) in the world, a Marae, and the house where the treaty was signed.

    From the Waitangi reserve you have a great view of both Russel and Paihia in the distance as well as from Kororareka Bay. It is also a great place to sunbath if you have the time and if the sun is shining of course!

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    Milford Sound

    by martin_nl Written Oct 16, 2004

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    At the end of our 4 days tramping through Fiordland National Park on the Milford Track the weather was absolutely awful, however in the evening when we had warmed up again in the hostel in Milford the skies seemed to get clearer. We didn't keep our hopes up high, since you never know what to expect over here, so prepared for the worst for the next day.

    However next morning we got up quite early and as we opened the curtains we saw nothing in the sky, just endless blue!! Had a quick brekkie and shower and off we went on the free shuttle bus. We were among the first people that day to walk in Milford Sound and with such good weather it felt like a privilege. This has to be the most tranquil place in the whole world!!!

    Around noon the tour buses all came in and the atmosphere was gone. However we had to meet up again with the Kiwi Experience bus, because they would take us back to Queenstwon tonight. But first a boat cruise on the Sound for a couple of hours....

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    Lake Manapouri

    by martin_nl Written Oct 16, 2004

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    At the end of the Bottom Bus trip we went to Lake Manapouri. A great lake where we made a short stop. The weather wasn't too great so no-one went for a swim here. Well some maybe did, but not voluntarily....

    If you were to visit Doubtful Sound you would pass Lake Manapouri. At the other end of the lake you are picked up by a bus and that bus will take you a little furter, after which you have to board another boat, to get into Doubtful Sound. Because of time and money shortage at this stage of my NZ trip I decided not to to this trip, but I've heard some great stories about it. Apparently it's not as touristic yet as Milford Sound.

    After Lake Manapouri we were back again in Fiordland and Te Anau where we decided to stay for 2 more nights, so we could walk up to Key Summit.

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    Napier - a snapshot in time

    by K.Knight Updated Jun 26, 2004

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    At 10.47am on February 3 1931, an earthquake registering 7.8 on the Richter scale, destroyed central Napier, killing 162 people.
    By 1933 the town had been rebuilt (2 years!) and what has been created is a remarkable and unique snapshot in time of art deco architecture.
    I have never been a fan of art deco but the guided walking tour, that covers 1.5 km's in 90 minutes, added a unique experience that was truely informative and enjoyable. The tour cost around NZ$10.00 or you can get a brochure and do it yourself without the excellent commentary from the local volunteer guides.
    Cafe culture and alfresco dining thrive in Napier's temperate climate and seaside setting. We enjoyed our time here with a warmer temperature, dining, walking, re stocking our groceries and even taking in a movie. Worth a look!

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    Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter

    by scubaozgirl Written Dec 17, 2006

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    This attraction is completely built underground and well worth a visit.
    Features an underwater world (aquarium), huge friendly stingrays that are fed at certain times during the day. Amazing creatures.

    Take a snowcat ride into a similated antarctic environment to see King and Gentoo penguins. Watch the penguins on the ride or through viewing windows.

    The aquariums feature a variety of fish species, including sharks and moray eels.

    Three tonnes of fresh snow is made every day and 2 million litres of water are replaced daily.
    You are able to dive with the sharks in the aquarium.
    Open 9 -6.00pm daily
    Also features replica of antarctic explorer Scots' hut, cinema, kiosk and gift shop.

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    number one spot in New Zealand !!!

    by vtveen Updated Dec 4, 2008

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    White Island is situated 50 km's off the coast in the Bay of Plenty. This island volcano is part of the so called Taupo volcanic zone, which reaches from Mt. Ruapehu till some islands in the Pacific Ocean. White Island is still very active and you can see the never stopping steam and gas cloud from the mainland.

    Although some companies offer helicopter-flights over the island, I highly recommend to do the guided boat tour from Whakatane with White Island Tours. It is more than worth the money. Total duration of the tour is about 6 hours, including 2 hours visit of the volcano itself.
    The cost of the tour is NZD 175,- (December 2008). In the summer season it is possible (weather depending) to swim or snorkel in the surrounding waters of White Island.
    White Island Tours offers also a shuttle bus between Rotorua and Whakatane.

    It is an extremely fascinating scenery. So remote, so pure, so different from many other spots. It is almost if you are witness of the birth of the earth.
    Always steam, gas and sulphur; everywhere lava and ash.

    Fondest memory
    The highlight of our visit was standing on the edge of the crater overlooking the fluorescent green lake and the steaming (little) craters. OVERWHELMING !!!

    For more info and pictures see my White Island-page.

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    Fur seals at Palliser Bay

    by vtveen Updated Apr 27, 2006

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    Palliser Bay is situated at the most southern point of the North Island, more or less near Martinborough and about 1 hour drive from Wellington.

    Just after leaving Ngawi (a fishermen village on Palliser Bay), still on the gravel road, you will encounter a large colony of New Zealand fur seals. There are seals on the rocks, on some sandy beaches and in the sea.

    Stop your car, walk around and just enjoy these very friendly animals. You can see them, you may smell them and you could touch them (but don't do!!).

    The way they are sleeping, yawning, playing in the sea, looking at you, it is so amazing, so pure. Fantastic !!!!!

    Please don’t disturb this wildlife, so many people after you can also enjoy this unique spot.

    For more info and pictures see my Wairarapa page.

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    small but beautiful

    by vtveen Updated Apr 27, 2006

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    Although the smallest of all national parks in New Zealand, it has a lot to offer.

    Most famous is the Coast Track (total 50 km). It runs from Marahau along some beaches to Awaroa Bay (with a beautiful lodge) and further north.
    You can hike along this beautiful track for more days (along the track you will find also camping areas) or just do a part.

    Take a 'water taxi' from Kaiteriteri or Marahau, disembark on one of the beaches, walk along the track, enjoy the golden beaches and pick up your taxi on another beach and return to Kaiteriteri/Marahau.

    For more info and pics see my Nelson/Tasman page.

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    White Island

    by mad4travel Updated Jan 21, 2005

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    Being a mad volcano fan I couldn't pass up the chance to go to White Island.

    You can get there by boat from Whakatane, the trip takes about 1 and a half hours.

    The landing is interesting. There is a small bay where there used to be a sulphur processing plant. There is a small landing jetty but this has fallen into disrepair. You have to transfer from the big boat to a small landing craft to climb up the side of the jetty. Once there, you leap across a gap where it has crumbled into the sea and then scramble across rocks trying to miss getting soaked as the waves roll in(most people missed and got wet!) - a bit of an assault course and you are not even there yet!

    Once you have done all that its a fairly easy stroll to the heart of the volcano. Half of it has blown away in an eruption earlier this century so you don't have to climb any steep slopes.

    As it is still active there are lots of steam vents and fumeroles and it stinks of sulphur. Gas masks are provided if you get into breathing difficulties.

    You can walk to the top of the crater where there is a milky pool and steam vents bubbling away.

    There is also an interesting Ghost factory where they used to process sulphur until it became economically unviable. You can still see some of the abandoned equipment. On the way back the boat goes aroundthe island and you can see where the workers used to live.

    Its a great day out but not suitable for small children.

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    Huka Falls and Wairakei Park

    by martin_nl Written Oct 16, 2004

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    Just about 10 kilometers north of Taupo you will find Wairakei Park, home of Huka Falls. Youi can walk the Huka Falls loop here which passes Huka Falls and will take you to some more waterfalls at the end. If you're short on time, no worries, Huka Falls are close to the carpark. A footbridge crosses the Waikato river above the falls, which looks more like a giant turquiose rapid. The lookout platform gives you the best views of the falls. If there is a chance for sunshine, just wait a bit and you will see the turquoise colours come out even more.

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    Auckland Harbour Bridge

    by hopang Updated Feb 10, 2009

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    Auckland Harbour Bridge is located across Waitemata Harbour. It connects Central Auckland with Northcote in North Shore City. It is the longest bridge in North Island as well as the second longest in New Zealand. Its length is approximately 1,000 metres. The highest point of the bridge is approximately 43 metres above sea level.

    It is one of the popular tourist attractions in the city of Auckland. The bridge was designed by Freeman Fox and Partners. Auckland Harbour Bridge consists of eight lane motorway and was opened to traffic in 1959.

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    Oracle Tower Observation Deck

    by hopang Updated Feb 10, 2009

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    Oracle Tower Observation Deck is located at level 17 of Oracle Tower at Wakefield Street in the Central Business District of Auckland. It has a commanding 280 degree view of the city of Auckland.

    The newer and higher Sky Tower Observation Decks were not constructed yet when we were in Auckland approximaely ten years ago. Nevertheless the approximate height of Oracle Tower Observation Deck is 60 metres. It provides excellent view of the city those days. It is fully air-conditioned with piped music in the air. Summer in Auckland is very hot. This is a nice place for you to relax inside the air-conditined observation deck and watch the world goes by beneath you!

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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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