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Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour
"The Auckland Hop-on Hop-off tour includes commentary and visits the ""Big 14 Attractions"" of Auckland. Buses leave every 30 minutes in summer and hourly in winter. Explore the likes of Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium Auckland Museum Mt Eden and the Sky Tower to name just a few. Valid for one or two days the Auckland hop-on hop-off tour takes one-hour to complete an entire loop or you can choose to hop-on and off during the day visiting Auckland's attractions along the way. There is a comprehensive audio commentary on the bus as it travels around the loop. The audio commentary is available in English only. Chinese French Korean
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Auckland Museum General Entry Ticket
"Housed in one of the country's finest heritage buildings the Museum's three floors tell the story of New Zealand. From the great Polynesian voyages which first brought people to Aotearoa to the diverse cultures and communities that make up Auckland today Auckland Museum portrays the rich diversity of New Zealand."""Auckland Museum is regarded as one of the finest museums in the southern hemisphere and is renowned for its unique collection of Maori and Pacific treasures.title=Highlights&1=Auckland+Museum+admission+ticket&2=Gain+access+to+three+floors+of+cultural+exhibits&3=See+a+unique+collection+of+Maori+carvings%2C+buildings%2C+canoes+and+treasures&4=Learn+about+Pacific+culture%2C+art+and+heritage
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Auckland Museum Entry Ticket including Maori Cultural Performance
"Enjoy a vibrant and entertaining 30 minute glimpse of Māori culture at Tāmaki Paenga Hira in an engaging performance which culminates in a high-energy spine-tingling version of the world-famous haka. The only venue in Auckland providing daily Māori cultural performances the Museum’s offering is recognized as being one of the best in New Zealand.Your Māori cultural performance also includes the opportunity to meet talk and take photos with our friendly performers. Our cultural group is here under the blessing of Ngāti Whātua our local iwi (tribe) and people of this land.""""Experience the vibrancy of our Maori cultural performance
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Coromandel Tips (5)

Coromandel

You love landscape?
You love scenery?
You should not miss this peninsula!
Hills, bays, villages, twisty roads, houses glued to the cost, trees overlooking the bay - it's wonderful to drive, to walk, to explore it.

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alusru
Aug 02, 2004

Cruise the Coromandel Pennisula

Immediately east of Auckland on the North Island is the Coromandel Pennisula, which is home to some beautiful beaches, great coastline, and some nice little towns.

Make sure you also have some of the famous Green Mussels in Coromandel. After that, take some time to drive down Highway 309 to see the Castle Rock and falls.

For more information check out my Coromandel Page on the link below.

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ATXtraveler
Aug 06, 2005

Coromandel Peninsular

We didn't have the greatest of weather as we travelled round the Coromandel, but it was still very picturesque.
We started at Thames, which is situated at the southern end of the peninsular, and travelled up the coast to Whitianga and down the other side to Hahei.
Some of the roads are quite bendy, but the views from the hilltops overlooking the bays are spectacular, and if anything the angry skies made it more so.
Many tourists visit the area for the Hot Water Beach where you can dig yourself your own spa pool when the tide is out, but unfortunately the tide was in when we got there and we didn't have enough time to wait ... ho hum, maybe next time.

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pugwashman
Oct 09, 2006

Things to do when travelling the North Island.

Hi Steve,

Auckland is your landing point and there are plenty of vans there to rent.
With regard your route you could head South from the airport in Auckland, stay at the Miranda Hot pools the first night, then on to the Coromandel peninsula on the East Coast, travel to the top of the peninsula, cross to the Eastern side and travel South. Lots of beaches, hot pools, a goldmine in Waihi, see the river workings in the gorge and tramp through some tunnels. Then down to Tauranga, great scenery, through kiwifruit country, visit Mount Maunganui Surf beach, then inland to Rotorua. You'll visit thermal wonderland, watch a Maori Concert show and visit a Marae (Maori village), see the buried village (in an earthquake ages ago) see trout in gin clear rivers, travel through forest and lake country. Then inland to Lake Taupo, go trout fishing, see snow covered mountains. Then out to the coast again to Napier our Art Deco city, lots of wineries here, then down the East Coast to Masterton where there are more wineries and great sheep country, do a farm tour. Then inland to Palmerston North, university town, visit a magnificent car museum then amble into Wellington. There you can see our natonal museum Te Papa, possibly do a daily ferry trip to the South Island and back, then leave your vehicle and fly out. Sound good? If you need more detail let me know. And if you want hire rates just pop over to my site. www.campervanhirenz.net Enjoy your visit, John

CamperJohn
Sep 23, 2010
 
 
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Coromandel 2

As you can see on my other tip, it's really beautiful here. But with this picture you might have a better view where the Coromandel are.

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Aug 02, 2004

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Mt Eden

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...
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Wai-O-Tapu

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...
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Mt Victoria

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!...
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Marine Parade

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...
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Oneroa

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,...
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Russell

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...
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