New Zealand Things to Do

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New Zealand Things to Do

  • City Center

    Christchurch Things to Do

    I was rather taken with this cone - I think they call it the Chalice - and was surprised to see it there in the Square still in March 2015. I hadn't expected it to survive the quake (maybe it's been restored - great to see it again)

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  • Queen Street & Downtown

    Auckland Things to Do

    Queen Street starts from Auckland Harbour and runs for nearly three kilometers in a virtual straight line. As the commercial as well as shopping hub area, there are a full range of shopping option the souvenir shops are mainly concentrated at the harbour end and there are a number of arcades and side streets with boutique stores and eateries

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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...

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  • Mt Victoria

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wellington Things to Do

    Wanna go for a walk? How about hiking? Don’t worry you don’t need a hiking shoes or a guide. Just take a bus to Mt. Victoria and then walk yourself back to the city. No trolls in the forest, promise! Just an awesome view of Wellington!

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  • Wai-O-Tapu

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rotorua Things to Do

    Even if you have been to Yellow stone park, here is still a must see wonder. The large area covered with various geothermal craters and hot springs and unlike in Yellow Stone, the color come from minerals instead of bacterias. NZ$32 an adult, well worth it.

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  • Marine Parade

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Napier Things to Do

    Marine Parade, as the name suggests, runs along the sea front. The area is very nice. The fountain here, we only saw in the day time, but at night it is lit, I think in different colours. THE NEW NAPIER ARCH (1938) commemorates the rebuilding of the city, is not very new any more! There is a colonnade, with two smaller arches, the Veronica...

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  • Oneroa

    Waiheke Island Things to Do

    Every Saturday morning 8.00am - 1.00pm, the Island holds a community market at the RSA in Ostend. Lots of gifts, arts and crafts, second-hand goods, and even entertainment, organic produce, books, plants, jewellery. This is a popular activity on a Saturday morning, showing typical flair of a lot of Islanders. Experience the character of Waiheke...

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  • Hole in the Rock

    Paihia Things to Do

    The 'Hole in the Rock', properly known as Piercy Island is a rocky island at the northern tip of Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands. This natural feature has been caused by years of water and wind erosion. It is a popular trip for visitors to the Bay of Islands and on calm days some boats will drive through it. The weather on the day I took the...

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  • 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...

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  • Climb the mount

    Mount Maunganui Things to Do

    One thing that is great to do at the mount is walk up it, but why not try and run it. Locals every day are running up and down , faster than i can walk up it , and with a steep incline you will surely tone up fast. Watching the sun go down was also my favorite, with all the lambs grazing around the edge, you wouldn’t tell your in a town.

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  • The Big Sheep Wool Gallery.

    Tirau Things to Do

    When it comes to big sheep, I'm reminded of the one on the outskirts of Goulburn in N.S.W. but this is certainly a worthy challenger. Situated right beside the tourist centre it offers all sorts of woollen items, even ones with possum fur mixed in.

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  • 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...

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  • Hamilton Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Hamilton Things to Do

    The gardens have several distinct sections, including the Paradise Collection, the Productive Collection, the Fantasy Collection, the Cultivar Collection, and the Landscape Collection. I visited the first one. Herein are the Chinese Scholars Garden, English Flower Garden, Japanese Garden of Comtemplation, Italian Renaissance Garden, American...

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  • Church of the Good Shepherd

    Lake Tekapo Things to Do

    Situated on the edge of Lake Tekapo the church was built in 1935 and the first church built in the Mackenzie Basin. Because the Church of the Good Shepherd has caught the attention of the world,many people visit here from all parts of the globe.The church is still used for weddings and baptisms.The views from the church window has to be one of the...

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  • History House Museum

    Greymouth Things to Do

    This little museum is tucked around the wharf-end of the floodwall, just opposite the artistic sculpture of mining tools. History House is pretty small, but it's full of photos and documents from settler days through to later in the 20th Century. You could spend less than an hour there and still see enough to understand the mining, fishing, social...

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  • NZ Classic Motorcycles

    Nelson Things to Do

    An amazing private collection of nearly 300 classic & vintage motorcycles that have been beautifully restored and presented. It covers a wide range of ages and types of bikes with lots of info. Even if you are not really into bikes it’s well worth a visit as the bikes are pieces of art in their own right, supported by stunning posters & paintings...

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  • Wilsons Abel Tasman

    Abel Tasman National Park Things to Do

    The shoreline along Tasman is very diverse and scenic. At this rocky point I saw a large rock balancing precariously on the top of a section of the rugged coastline.I'm guessing that it was a natural geographical formation as it looked way to heavy for a person to lift and set up. And I don't know if this perched boulder is as popular as the often...

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  • Ashburton Aviation Museum

    Ashburton Things to Do

    Located at the old World War II Ashburton Airport, the Aviation Museum is worth a visit for any aviation enthusiasts. You find an interesting array of aircraft from New Zealands flying history. The museum is run by an enthusiastic bunch of volunteers and is a real credit to them all. Exhibitions range from a very early glider, to jet fighters...

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  • Hobbiton Movie Set

    Waikato Things to Do

    Waikato is the home to Matamata, the city where Peter Jackson created the Hobbiton Shire for his movie Lord of the Rings. It is located on a sheep farm just outside of the town, and tours are available to go visit the frame sets that have not been destroyed. There are still markers up where the sets once stood, and there are also story board...

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  • Beehive & Parliament Buildings

    Wellington Region Things to Do

    Free tours of Parliament Buildings operate every day, on the hour. Tour duration is 1hr. Weekdays commencing 10am, last tour 4pm; Saturdays and most public holidays commencing 10am, last tour 3pm; Sundays 12noon, last tour 3pm. Contact the tour desk, ground floor, Parliament House.

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  • Auckland

    North Island Things to Do

    If you take the bus, it is a gentle slope walk to the Museum. Daily 10am to 5pm except Christmas and Anzac Day (April 25). Admission: NZ$5 appreciated (hence optional if you are on a tight budget) At 10:30am there is a guided tour, NZ$10 (adult), $5(children) Great place to discover the rich natural flora and fauna as well as about Maori...

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  • Cathedral Cove

    Coromandel Things to Do

    We had seen Cathedral Cove on many documentaries, so we had to see it for ourselves! Cathedral cove is only accessible by walking or boat and it is a MUST VISIT if you feel you can handle the walk. It is uphill and down dale, so you need to be reasonably fit without leg or knee problems. It is about 2hrs return, it seemed a lot longer than that...

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  • Waitakere Range Regional Park.

    Auckland Region Things to Do

    See the beach where the Piano was filmed. Just a short 45min or so drive from Auckland CBD in the stunning Waitakere Ranges is Karekare. Beautiful black sand beach set in from dramatic cliffs and stunning scenery.

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  • Ninety Mile Beach...

    Northland Things to Do

    The reason why rental companies do not allow you to drive on 90 Mile Beach (which is only 90km or 55 miles long) is simple: The cars are not insured. Often cars get stuck in the sand and have to be left behind. No emergency service is close enough to save the cars from the flood. Mobile phone coverage does not exist in most parts of the area. So...

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  • Bay of Islands

    New Zealand Things to Do

    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...

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  • Canterbury

    South Island Things to Do

    There are many reasons why you may consider adding Arthur's Pass National Park to your itinerary. For some, it makes a great coffee break between Christchurch and the West Coast of the South Island. For others, there is a natural beauty about it. There are even a few adrenaline challenged people who need to hike for days on end throughout the...

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  • Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

    Otorohanga Things to Do

    The Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park seems to be right in the middle of the residential area of Otorohanga. Entry is via the gift shop, straight into the Kiwi House, which is darkened (because Kiwis are nocturnal) and each Kiwi has its own pen (because apparently they are territorial). I was lucky to visit just before Kiwi feeding time...

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  • International Antarctic Centre

    4 out of 5 stars

    Christchurch Things to Do

    The Snow Storm room at the International Antarctic Centre is a well sealed safe environment with real snow. The temperature is set at -4C but at pre-determined times during the day a 'storm' occurs with thunder and lightning and 40kph winds, dropping the temperature to -18C. Visitors are provided with a warm jacket and overshoes. A great...

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  • Mt Eden

    Auckland Things to Do

    This is the highest mount of Auckland. It is an extinguished volcano. The bus cannot reach the top, so you have to walk about 300 meters from the bus stop up to the crater. The view is nice but you definitely get a better one in the sky tower, I was not impressed.

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  • Jet Boating

    Queenstown Things to Do

    The jetboats in Queenstown are quite an adventure. There are now 3 options available. The fastest, thrill seeking option is the Shotover Jet. It departs/docks at their pier at Jack's Point. An easy journey via car or the local bus. This is the shortest yet fastest option with donuts and wall-hanging curves. The other two options leave from the...

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  • Wellington Cable Car

    4 out of 5 stars

    Wellington Things to Do

    Ride the Cable car from Lambton Quay, downtown Wellington, up the hill. There you will find lovely views back over the city and harbour. Also the Botanical Gardens, Carter Observatory and the Cable Car Museum. And yes, there is a coffee shop for refreshments, as well as an enchanting parfumery, you can read about on my other review. Living in...

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  • Te Puia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rotorua Things to Do

    A visit to the Pohutu Geyser is a must when staying in Rotorua.It is situated in the Whakarewarewa thermal valley.The largest of several geysers within the valley which erupts on average once or twice each hour and can reach heights of up to 30 meters.Pohutu Geyser is a complex spring which discharges water in a cyclic manner.It is believed that a...

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  • Te Mata Peak

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Napier Things to Do

    From Napier, head to Hastings, then Havelock North, and follow the signs to Te Mata Peak, about 30k's. The Peak, is 400 metres above sea level, and was named after a Maori Chief Ta Mata O Rongokako, a giant of a man, who, acccording to legend, had the misfortune to fall for the beautiful daughter of the Heretaunga chief. Amongst the challenges...

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  • Russell

    Paihia Things to Do

    Across the bay from Paihia is the town of Russell. It was originally called Kororareka and was the first Europesan settlement in the area. The local Mâori people very soon realised that there was valuable trade to be had with the European and American ships and the town flourished but, as a place without laws, soon earned teh nickname 'Hellhole of...

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  • The Arthur's Pass Road

    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. OR Take the turn to the right into Lake Brunner Road which takes you past picturesque...

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  • Saltwater Hotpools

    Mount Maunganui Things to Do

    Hot Saltwater Pools I love to go here, especially at night, and soak in the naturally heated salt water pools. Set outdoors with lovely furns overhanging and of course the dominant presence of Mt Maunganui looming above, it's a really enjoyable experience. For people staying in either the apartments or the campground the pools are merely a few...

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  • Castle Pamela

    Tirau Things to Do

    Private collection of Dolls, Toys and Royal Albert China well displayed in this unique castle built to house these. Situated in a really nice spot overlooking lovely rolling farmland, not far from the centre of town. They have a nice large Cafe with nice food and drinks, including Devonshire Teas. The theme is regal and you can buy trinkets if you...

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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...

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  • Hamilton Zoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Hamilton Things to Do

    Hamilton Zoo is compact and interesting, and you can get quite close to the animals. It's beneficial to buy a Zoo Guide so you can better manage your visit. This zoo is in many global programmes to help with the survival of endangered species. It's not a huge zoo on the global scale, but is very close to the city, has interesting animals and is...

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  • Sheepdog Monument

    Lake Tekapo Things to Do

    Border Collie dogs were introduced to the area in the 1800's byt the Scottish shepherds. Without these dogs the area could not have been farmed with any success. A memorial to the saviour of the McKenzie County has been erected at Lake Tekapo.

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  • Te Papa Museum

    Wellington Region Things to Do

    New Zealand's Te Papa Mueseum opened on the 14 February 1998. The Museum is located in Wellington the capital city. With waterfront views and a unique architectural design, Te Papa is one of the city's most visted attractions. Te Papa challenges the concept of what museums should be. Many of the exhibits celebrate & educate what it means to be a...

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  • Rotorua

    North Island Things to Do

    Just got back from NZ and Rotorua, I agree with the reply about the Sheep Shearing demo at the Agrodome being great. Just the Host's greeting to the crowd is a show in it's self. Take your video camera. Also spend some time in the Polynesian Spa, for $20 NZ you can soak in 7 pools of varying tempetures from 37 to 42 degrees with a view of the Lake....

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  • Driving Creek Railway

    Coromandel Things to Do

    One thing you can't fail to notice here and there are embankments made of empty bottles. The rumour around is that Barry drank most of them and the paintwork reading "Barry's" emblazoned across a couple of hundred bottles embedded in one probably reflects that . The railway employs around a dozen people these days. It zig-zags up the slopes at...

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  • Cornwall Park

    Auckland Region Things to Do

    Make sure u visit one of the many volcanoes around Auckland....there aren't too many Cities around the world where suburbs and remnants of volcanoes intermingle... Maungkiekie (or One Tree Hill) is a cool place to see views of Auckland....u can drive all the way to the summit....and it's free!

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  • Cape Reinga

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Northland Things to Do

    Cape Reinga is popularly regarded as the country's northernmost point but in fact the Surville Cliffs (formerly: Kerr Point) on North Cape at the eastern tip of the land up there are almost five kilometres further north. As Cape Reinga is better accessible and surrounded by the old Maori legend of the spirits heading back home it has become the...

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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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