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New Zealand Highlights

  • Pro
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    vtveen says…

     'overwhelming diverse scenery', 'friendly warm people' 

  • Con
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     guided tours and activities rather expensive 

  • In a nutshell
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     A beautiful , small, safe country with friendly people!! 

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Auckland

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Auckland_Region/Auckland-1884091/TravelGuide-Auckland.html

1046,2317,240

Christchurch

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Canterbury/Christchurch-1883860/TravelGuide-Christchurch.html

1247,2635,204

Queenstown

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Otago/Queenstown-1881149/TravelGuide-Queenstown.html

647,1719,115

Wellington

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Wellington_Region/Wellington-1881109/TravelGuide-Wellington.html

594,1277,132

Rotorua

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Bay_of_Plenty/Rotorua-2271877/TravelGuide-Rotorua.html

484,1224,111

Dunedin

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Otago/Dunedin-1883732/TravelGuide-Dunedin.html

340,803,84

Napier

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Hawkes_Bay/Napier-1882608/TravelGuide-Napier.html

200,520,54

Milford Sound

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Southland/Milford_Sound-2271904/TravelGuide-Milford_Sound.html

206,712,0

Paihia

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Northland/Paihia-1882314/TravelGuide-Paihia.html

118,263,45

Kaikoura

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Canterbury/Kaikoura-1883278/TravelGuide-Kaikoura.html

207,687,43

Akaroa

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Canterbury/Akaroa-2271889/TravelGuide-Akaroa.html

248,595,11

Waiheke Island

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Auckland_Region/Waiheke_Island-1881301/TravelGuide-Waiheke_Island.html

59,148,18

Whangarei

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Northland/Whangarei-1881054/TravelGuide-Whangarei.html

66,86,12

Lyttelton

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Canterbury/Lyttelton-2271894/TravelGuide-Lyttelton.html

116,320,0

Tongariro National Park

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Taupo_Region/Tongariro_National_Park-1881431/TravelGuide-Tongariro_National_Park.html

81,218,2

Tirau

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Waikato/Tirau-1881465/TravelGuide-Tirau.html

34,118,0

Palmerston North

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/ManawatuWanganui/Palmerston_North-1882300/TravelGuide-Palmerston_North.html

32,92,33

Arthur's Pass National Park

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Canterbury/Arthurs_Pass_National_Park-1884110/TravelGuide-Arthurs_Pass_National_Park.html

86,317,0

Hamilton

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Waikato/Hamilton-1883512/TravelGuide-Hamilton.html

56,226,55

Mount Maunganui

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Bay_of_Plenty/Mount_Maunganui-1884321/TravelGuide-Mount_Maunganui.html

54,158,5

Timaru

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Canterbury/Timaru-1881474/TravelGuide-Timaru.html

53,140,12

Hokitika

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/West_Coast/Hokitika-1884265/TravelGuide-Hokitika.html

76,199,17

Picton

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Marlborough/Picton-2271886/TravelGuide-Picton.html

79,201,28

Invercargill

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Southland/Invercargill-1883323/TravelGuide-Invercargill.html

48,58,34

Wanaka

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Otago/Wanaka-2271901/TravelGuide-Wanaka.html

117,373,39

Franz Josef Glacier

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/West_Coast/Franz_Josef_Glacier-1883626/TravelGuide-Franz_Josef_Glacier.html

127,400,17

Cape Reinga

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Northland/Cape_Reinga-2271855/TravelGuide-Cape_Reinga.html

55,118,0

Oamaru

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Otago/Oamaru-2271900/TravelGuide-Oamaru.html

50,98,16

Greymouth

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/West_Coast/Greymouth-1884266/TravelGuide-Greymouth.html

37,86,21

Rangitoto Island

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Auckland_Region/Rangitoto_Island-1882010/TravelGuide-Rangitoto_Island.html

20,49,0

Arrowtown

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Otago/Arrowtown-2271898/TravelGuide-Arrowtown.html

114,311,7

Te Anau

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Southland/Te_Anau-1881583/TravelGuide-Te_Anau.html

109,317,37

Gisborne

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/East_Cape/Gisborne-1884254/TravelGuide-Gisborne.html

50,105,20

Lake Tekapo

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Canterbury/Lake_Tekapo-1881559/TravelGuide-Lake_Tekapo.html

73,279,0

Ninety Mile Beach

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Northland/Ninety_Mile_Beach-2271857/TravelGuide-Ninety_Mile_Beach.html

39,66,0

Fox Glacier

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/West_Coast/Fox_Glacier-1883630/TravelGuide-Fox_Glacier.html

83,368,3

Waitomo Caves

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Waikato/Waitomo_Caves-1881165/TravelGuide-Waitomo_Caves.html

58,173,2

Hanmer Springs

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Canterbury/Hanmer_Springs-1883505/TravelGuide-Hanmer_Springs.html

44,101,19

Lake Taupo

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Taupo_Region/Lake_Taupo-1881606/TravelGuide-Lake_Taupo.html

112,278,1

Mount Cook National Park

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Canterbury/Mount_Cook_National_Park-1882640/TravelGuide-Mount_Cook_National_Park.html

37,157,0

Blenheim

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Marlborough/Blenheim-2271968/TravelGuide-Blenheim.html

31,71,30

Nelson

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/NelsonTasman/Nelson-1882601/TravelGuide-Nelson.html

92,182,76

Matamata

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Waikato/Matamata-2271868/TravelGuide-Matamata.html

25,124,5

Whangamata

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Coromandel/Whangamata-1881068/TravelGuide-Whangamata.html

18,50,16

Tauranga

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Bay_of_Plenty/Tauranga-1884320/TravelGuide-Tauranga.html

18,49,66

Twizel

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Canterbury/Twizel-2271896/TravelGuide-Twizel.html

31,96,7

Raglan

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Waikato/Raglan-1882051/TravelGuide-Raglan.html

27,90,3

Glenorchy

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/South_Island/Otago/Glenorchy-1883587/TravelGuide-Glenorchy.html

48,129,1

Petone

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Wellington_Region/Petone-1884232/TravelGuide-Petone.html

29,66,0

Otaki

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Australia_and_Oceania/New_Zealand/North_Island/Wellington_Region/Otaki-1884230/TravelGuide-Otaki.html

16,41,0

Auckland

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Christchurch

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Queenstown

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Wellington

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Rotorua

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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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  • Malfroy Motor Lodge

    Rotorua Hotels

    We discovered this motel online, price per room is reasonable for a big group so we gave it a go....

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  • 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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Dunedin

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  • The Palms

    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....

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  • 858 George Street

    Dunedin Hotels

    We spent 3 nights staying here. The two rooms we had (1 twin and 1 double) were spacious,...

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  • 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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Napier

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Milford Sound

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  • On the way to Milford

    Milford Sound Things to Do

    Heading to the Fjord there's a lot of nice place to see, going with your own vehicle is much easier and stop anytime you want

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  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

    Milford Sound Things to Do

    The journey to Milford Sound is just as spectacular as the destination itself, Unforgettable journey the most beautiful place on earth! the cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, the mirror lake. It was very cold during our visit to Milford.We overnight in Te Anau, drove to Milford early in the morning, there's a lot to see on the way...

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  • The Chasm

    Milford Sound Things to Do

    The Chasm is a natural rock feature caused by the waters of the Cleddau river rushing over the rocks. The force is such as to cut holes in the rock to create a waterfall into a huge chasm.The Chasm is reached by a 20 minute easy walk from the car park through temperate rainforest. Footbridges over the river let you see the force of the water close...

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Paihia

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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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  • Cook's Lookout Motel

    Paihia Hotels

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

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  • Not just Ribs!

    Paihia Restaurants

    Mum and I came here because we were given a voucher (buy a meal get one free) from our motel. Also our host at the motel recommended it personally. I believe this is a franchise.We were welcomed warmly and not just by the fire, and the service was very good. The owner came to talk with us bringing some of our drinks and really wanted to know what...

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Kaikoura

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Akaroa

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Waiheke Island

See all 59 Waiheke Island Tips
  • 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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  • Delamore Lodge

    Waiheke Island Hotels

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • 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...

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Whangarei

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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...

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  • Burgundy Rose Motel

    Whangarei Hotels

    100 Kamo Road, Whangarei, North Island, 0101, 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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Lyttelton

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  • Historic Town Walk is a thing of the...

    Lyttelton Things to Do

    Update 2013You can still walk the streets of Lyttelton and pass the sites I had described in the tip below - but instead of the beautiful historic buildings you will find mostly empty sites. Nearly all big old buildings have been demolished in the meantime. One exception: at the site of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Winchester Street you will...

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  • No more time-check at the Timeball...

    Lyttelton Things to Do

    Update April 2011 - Update 2013Unfortunately the Timeball Station that had just been renovated was terribly damaged in the 22 February 2011 earthquake and even worse in June 2011. So instead of being dismantled and restored at some point, the beautiful mini-castle-like building was demolished. However, efforts are being made to fund the...

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  • The lost beauty of the Harbour Lights

    Lyttelton Things to Do

    Update 2013The Harbour Lights Theatre has been one of the historic buildings that have been demolished soon after the February 2011 earthquake. All you can see there right now is an empty space :-( Although it sits intriguingly on busy London Street you cannot just visit or have a coffee at the Harbour Light Theatre - although it is a licensed...

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Tongariro National Park

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Comments (4)

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    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: nzta.govt.nz/traffic/current...

    • 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.

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Two large phone companies are providing free wifi hotspots in tourist towns over the summer.
    telecom.co.nz/helpandsupport...

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    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.

    • kiwi's Profile Photo
      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.

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    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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