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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

  • SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland

    Auckland Hotels

    The rooms and hotel in general were nicer than expected, and service was good. While this hotel may...

  • CIN CIN on Quay

    2 out of 5 stars

    Auckland Restaurants

    Cin Cin is a very fashionable restaurant and one of the oldest established restaurants in the city. It has very unique location in the old Ferry Building overlooking the water. The setting is luxurious, high ceilings, granite and beautiful table settings. The flavour is Italian and Asian with pastas, risottos and noodles. They also have wood-fired...



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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...

  • The Cow Restaurant

    4 out of 5 stars

    Queenstown Restaurants

    The Cow Restaurant is a local pizza and spaghetti house and the menu has remained unchanged since 1976. They hand roll their own pizza bases and make their own breads. It's a bit of an insitution and well known to the locals who come back again and again. I would recommend making a booking as it remains very well patronised. The Cow Restaurant...



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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.

  • Silver Fern Resort Rotorua

    Rotorua Hotels

    We (3 of us) spent 5 weeks in Australia and New Zealand. The Silver Fern was by far the nicest...

  • Wai-O-Tapu

    Rotorua Off The Beaten Path

    This attraction consists of a serious of geothermal pools and bush walks and the infamous Lady Knox Geyser. They are located just south of Rotorua and are best reached by car. You should buy your ticket at the main location and then drive back to the geyser. The geyser goes off only once a day at 10.15am. The interesting thing about the Wai-o-Tapu...



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  • 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,...

  • Port Chalmers

    Dunedin Off The Beaten Path

    Port Chalmers is located on the north shore of Otago harbour and is the deep water port for Otago. A short, 15 minute drive from Dunedin, and we were here! We found a nice lookout here, where my photo was taken from, it had great views of the port area, and of the beautiful Iona church. Port Chalmer's is also famous because the last Antarctic...



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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...

  • Scenic Hotel Te Pania

    Napier Hotels

    very nice staff...very hospitable and some complimentary pens....strategically placed...

  • french tourist beating

    Napier Warnings and Dangers

    today two French tourists were attacked whilst in their camper in NapierThe man was badly beaten by a Maori man and woman, he was whipped with a pistolNZ is not a safe placebe very careful see my other warningsthis is 20th Oct 2013


Waiheke Island

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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...

  • Delamore Lodge

    Waiheke Island Hotels

    83 Delamore Drive, PO Box 572, Waiheke Island, North Island, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Fullers Waiheke Ferry

    Waiheke Island Transportation

    Frequent ferries connect the island of Waiheke with downtown Auckland. I caught one of these ferries, operated by "Fullers", for a daytrip to the island during my visit to Auckland in March 2006. The following information is correct as at that time: Ferry times Ferries leave for Waiheke Island approximately hourly during the day from Auckland's...


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...



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  • Black Cat Cruises

    Akaroa Things to Do

    This is the company you take if you want to go swimming with the dolphins, for $150 for about 2 1/2 hours (you can also go as a watcher from the boat for $79.)I'd been swimming with Hectors dolphins once before and found the water freezing even on a nice day and with wetsuits, so elected to go as a watcher. My boyfriend, who loves the water and...

  • 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

  • St Patrick's Catholic Church - exterior

    Akaroa Things to Do

    The walk follows a circular route, which on the way back, if you turn right, takes you along a residential street past several houses which are old enough to have early French connections, plus the house said to be the oldest one in Canterbury, then turn back and go back downhill, where you will see the Catholic Church, (just before you are back in...



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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...

  • Cook's Lookout Motel

    Paihia Hotels

    My husband and I stayed here for four nights, and were really looking forward to our trip....

  • Open air, cold beer and hot pizza

    Paihia Restaurants

    I believe this place may have changed names or at least goes by an alternative than you'll find on Google. Old name was Vinnies Fish & Chips Takeaway but when I was there, the signboard said "Slice".Regardless, the street views are the same, the ambiance is the same and location is the same. It has a few tables on the sidewalk, but the doors open...



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  • Quirky museum for all ages

    Whangarei Things to Do

    If you think that Clock Museum sounds really dull...visit Claphams Clocks. It is great fun, even if you never gave clocks one thought. The friendly staff will show you around and demonstrate the most amazing movements. You will never look at clocks the same way again!It is for all ages and all levels of clock appreciation. Make sure you have at...

  • Lupton Lodge

    Whangarei Hotels

    555 Ngunguru Road, Glenbervie, Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Waste of time

    Whangarei Restaurants

    The only good thing about this cafe was the location. I ordered the Mondo's breakfast asking for no mushrooms specifying I'm allergic, surprise surprise there was mushrooms. When I asked that it go back to the kitchen the server rolled his eyes and pushed mushrooms off with his fork leaving mushroom sauce and juice all over the rest of the food....



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  • 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...



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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.

  • Poppys Cafe.

    Tirau Restaurants

    Poppys (sic) Cafe in Tirau bakes it's own cakes and scones. There are delicious quiches and pies. The coffee is great and the prices what one would expect. Service can be a little slow and you might have to get up to get your own sugar!

  • The Merchant of Tirau

    Tirau Shopping

    This may not be a shop for travellers, but it could be. Especially if you are looking for some cuisine from home. There is a very interesting array of wine here and lots of other goodies to go with it, both from New Zealand and overseas. Almost a delicatessen. I spent a lot of time just looking and pondering. Now I can go back and buy from time to...



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  • 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...


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    Jan 3, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    If you are planning to drive the South Island this week, you need to know that State highway No.6 has a washout at a bridge at Harihari, so you cannot drive North to South all the way. Both north and south of the bridge are accessible from each end, but you cannot carry on. They are working 24 hrs to repair the onramp to the bridge and at lease get one way traffic flowing. You can check status here:

    • kiwi's Profile Photo
      Jan 8, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      This bridge has reopened but still being worked on. Keep eye on above website for other disruptions from day to day.

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    Dec 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Two large phone companies are providing free wifi hotspots in tourist towns over the summer.

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    Nov 21, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    Mt Tongariro has erupted and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing popular trek has been closed until further notice. Restrictions are in place as to how close you can get to the mountain, for safety reasons. You will need to check daily on current status, if you are planning to do this trek.

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      Nov 21, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      Some domestic local flights have been cancelled due to the ash cloud, some disruption for travellers here.

    • kiwi's Profile Photo
      Nov 21, 2012 at 6:24 PM

      Most flights back on track, but could change daily. More eruptions probable. Tongariro Alpine Crossing track still closed until further notice.

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    Nov 11, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Some high country road passes that tourists often use, have had a little late season snow, so take care of road conditions.

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Dec and Jan - Police will ticket you if you go more than 4km/hr over the speed limit. New holiday speeds, take care.

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