New Zealand Things to Do

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New Zealand Things to Do

  • Auckland Museum and Domain

    Auckland Things to Do

    This is Auckland's premiere site. Make sure to reserve plenty of time for this great museum. It is really 3 museums in one site. A Maori/NZ cultural museum, a natural history museum and a war museum. Each museum has its own floor. The museum has no entrance fee but Maori Cultural shows (3 performances in a day) charges $25 NZD for adults. Admission...

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  • City Center

    Christchurch Things to Do

    A good way of seeing Christchurch is to use the classic 1960's open top bus.You have a choice of a 1 hour or a 3 hour tour.The tour comes with an excellent commentary. We found the tour quite emotional as the amount of damage and destruction was far worse than we realised.However, the New Zealand people have big plans for Christchurch and in time...

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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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  • Parliament Buildings & Beehive

    Wellington Things to Do

    Take a guided tour and learn about how New Zealand's government works. You'll see how laws are passed. Bills are introduced into the democratically elected House of Representatives, who then vote on them. When a Bill is passed, it then becomes an Act. New Zealand remains a constitutional monarchy, officially under the Queen, represented by the...

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  • Wai-O-Tapu

    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

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    Piha Beach is situated at the end of Piha Road going through dense native bush. Suddenly the road winds down to the coast. There are wonderful views over Piha Beach, divided through the huge 100 metres high Lion Rock. There is a track to the top with a splendid view over the coastline. Piha Beach is famous for the never ending swells of the...

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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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  • Northland

    New Zealand Things to Do

    It's quite a drive to go up to Paihia, Waitangi and further north, but you'll have lots of opportunity for very scenic and curious sightseeing breaks. The top 10 things to see in Northland, according to my guidebook, included something I had to read twice to believe it: the Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa. Yep, public toilets as a tourist...

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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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  • 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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  • International Antarctic Centre

    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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  • Bungy Jumping

    Queenstown Things to Do

    Even if you don't fancy to make a bungy jump, or if you have little time, try to stop here at the new Bungy Centre and have a look around. This is newly rebuilt and nestled into the surrounding rock, a great amount of care has been taken to blend in with the look of the area. There is a very nice café and facilities including an interactive Bungy...

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  • Te Papa National Museum

    Wellington Things to Do

    this marvellous building shows the (natural, cultural) history of New Zealand. We started at the top, the 6th floor and worked our way down. It is bit oversized, but will gradually fill up. The only drawback is the lunch: so we decided to go outside and returned for the second part later. Also has a very good museum store.

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  • Te Puia

    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

    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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  • Tirau Information Centre.

    Tirau Things to Do

    Tirau Information Centre built (1998) to look like a dog. This is no ordinary dog, but the traditional sheep dog that helped develop the area in years gone bye. At night his eyes and nose are lit with small lights. You can find very nice, clean toilets here at the Information Office, for your convenience, open 9am - 5pm daily. A great place to stop...

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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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  • 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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  • Taupo

    North Island Things to Do

    I would not call it the number one jetboat experience in New Zealand - this clearly is the race through the narrow gorge of the Shotover River near Queenstown. Still the Huka Jet ride is a nice adventure, and they perform 360° spins and race at a speed of 80 km/h along the rocks as close as possible to make you scream. The main difference to the...

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  • Hot Water Beach

    Coromandel Things to Do

    "You really must go to Moko." Our host at Tairua said so on many more than one occasion. So, on our last full day we made the effort. Jenny (from Colonial Homestay) hit the nail on the head. It was worthwhile. This wonderful eclectic mix of art almost seems out of place in this dead end setting but it has become almost as large an attraction as Hot...

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  • Waiheke Island

    Auckland Region Things to Do

    Your visit to Waiheke has to start with one of the ferries. Most people will take Fuller’s(www.fullers.co.nz), from the Harbour Building, but there is another company sailing to the island, called Subritzky (www.subritzky.co.nz), which has also vehicle ferries. Enjoy the view on Auckland’s skyline, suburbs and a couple of small islands in the...

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  • Bay of Islands.

    Northland Things to Do

    There are not many place left in the world these days where you can board a steam train AND go down the main street of the town. Not only that, this town's main street is also State Highway 1! The Kawakawa trains run every day of school holidays and public holidays and the weekends for the rest of the year. These trains are also the fore runner...

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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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  • West Coast

    South Island Things to Do

    Once again we didn't take this tour but at both these villages and also on 'the other side' of Mt. Cook there are helicopter lines that run flights that range from 20 minutes to about an hour (about 200 NZD to well the sky is the limit really). The companys are up and down the main streets of both the villages. I have attached the website of one...

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  • Skytower Complex and Casino

    Auckland Things to Do

    The Skytower dominates the Auckland skyline and provides a great reference point wherever you are in the city. The said building is the tallest tower (328 meters) in the Southern Hemisphere. It's a bit expensive but worth the cost for the great views. For the adventurous type of people, you can also either climb around or absail off the tower.

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  • The Christchurch botanical gardens

    Christchurch Things to Do

    Hagley Park, created in 1855, is the largest open space in Christchurch. It was named after the country estate of Lord Lyttleton and is famous for its open spaces. It is the home of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens to be found on the banks of the Avon River which flows through the park. The open spaces serve a number of purposes including netball...

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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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  • Mt Victoria

    Wellington Things to Do

    If Wellington is like San Francisco, then Mt Victoria is like Twin Peaks. It's the best place within the city to enjoy a panoramic overview of the harbour, the city centre, and the nearby suburbs. Incidentally, the slopes of this hill provided one of the settings for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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  • Te Whakarewarewa

    Rotorua Things to Do

    …or Whakarewarewa… or Whaka is one the most visited thermal areas in Rotorua. It is still a living Maori village in the middle of hot water pools, bubbling mud and mineral springs. After paying the entrance fee we entered the village through an archway and could join a guided tour (or stroll alone) along the several points of interest. The first...

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  • Cape Kidnappers.

    Napier Things to Do

    There are a lot of coastal wineries next to Cape Kidnappers, Elephant Hill, Clearview, Te Awanga Estate, and Beach House Winery. There's a good range from modest to not so, we had a fantastic day cycling around them (rent bikes from www.winecycles.co.nz) after our Gannet Safari. Very flat, easy ride no problem for us "mature" cyclists!

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  • Haruru Falls

    Paihia Things to Do

    They're not really high falls by any means, but they are in a horseshoe shape, which is evidently rare, Niagra Falls being cited as the only other horseshoe shaped falls known. Beware of your belongings in the carpark - there are serious danger signs, I guess because it's a bit of an out of the way, secluded place, without a view of the main road....

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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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