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  • Queen Street & Downtown, Auckland

    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

    SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland

    Auckland Hotels

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

  • Waterfront Café, Auckland

    Waterfront Café

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Auckland Restaurants

    Sarah and I needed an excuse to come visit Auckland, and there was just such a reason when Kiwi decided to throw a mid-winter VT meeting. Her choice for the restaurant was the Waterfront Cafe, which is considered the most reasonably priced restaurant in a high price region of Auckland called the Viaduct Basin. The evening was very exciting,...



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  • Skyline Gondola and Restaurant, Queenstown

    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

    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, Queenstown

    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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  • Mt Victoria, Wellington

    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!

  • Novotel Wellington Capital

    Novotel Wellington Capital

    Wellington Hotels

    Novotel is conveniently located downtown with direct lift access to Lambton Quay, a shopping area....

  • Fishermans Table, Wellington

    Fishermans Table

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Wellington Restaurants

    This restaurant has a perfect location - situated at the waterfront of Oriental Bay, only a short distance to Wellingtons city center, it has a splendid view of the bay and the harbour district. The restaurant is very popular among both locals and tourists. So it is highly recommended to reserve a table in advance. Service and quality were...



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  • Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua


    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

    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


    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 Albert Arms Tavern, Dunedin

    The Albert Arms Tavern

    Dunedin Restaurants

    This solid establishment is world famous in Dunedin for its yummy doorstep toasted sandwiches. You can get other hearty pub fare at student prices. The Albert is a nice plcae to while away a windy Otago afternoon watching the rugby or cricket. Doorstep toasted sandwich of course!!

  • 858 George Street

    858 George Street

    Dunedin Hotels

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

  • The Catlins, Dunedin

    The Catlins

    Dunedin Off The Beaten Path

    Waipapa Point is one of several places along the Catlins Coast where it is possible to see Hooker’s Sea Lions. These endangered animals are found mostly at the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands, but a few live on the Otago Peninsula, the Catlins Coast, and on and around Stewart Island. Much larger and more aggressive than the shy New Zealand Fur Seal,...



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  • Marine Parade, Napier

    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

    Scenic Hotel Te Pania

    Napier Hotels

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

  • french tourist beating, Napier

    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


    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

    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

    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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  • Enjoy a boat tour of the Fiord, Milford Sound

    Enjoy a boat tour of the Fiord

    Milford Sound Things to Do

    No one ventures that drive through the Homer tunnel unless they plan to venture into Milford Sound, and so after enjoying some adventures en route, we pulled into the little enclave of Milford (pop. 170) at the head of the Sound around 12:30 -- giving us time for a pleasant lunch and shore stroll before our 3:00 PM trip. It was scheduled to be a...

  • Milford Sound Lodge

    Milford Sound Lodge

    Milford Sound Hotels

    As others may have commented, there is accommodation in Milford Sound. And by that, I mean only one...

  • Easy to have a car, Milford Sound

    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...



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  • Quirky museum for all ages, Whangarei

    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

    Lupton Lodge

    Whangarei Hotels

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Waste of time, Whangarei

    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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  • Hole in the Rock, Paihia

    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

    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

    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...


Arthur's Pass National Park

  • Castle Hill, Arthur's Pass National Park

    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...

  • The road from Arthur's Pass to the West, Arthur's Pass National Park

    The road from Arthur's Pass to the West

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

  • Otira Viaduct Lookout, Arthur's Pass National Park

    Otira Viaduct Lookout

    Arthur's Pass National Park Things to Do

    After leaving Arhtur's Pass township traveling west there is a lookout on the left. From here you can get a great view of the Otira Gorge and the new viaduct. What an amazing piece of engineering. It takes much time off the journey for big trucks and is much safer.The lookout is also a favourite haunt of the cheeky mountain parrot - the Kea. He...



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  • French Bay, Akaroa

    French Bay

    Akaroa Things to Do

    Why did they name French Bay? when we drove into town for lunch it became immediately apparent that the French had played a greater role in Akaroa’s history.Be amazed by the spectacular views of Akaroa Harbour and the Canterbury Plains on the high scenic drive from ChristchurchHalf the street names were French, and nearly all of the neat colonial...

  • Akaroa Criterion Motel

    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

  • Scenic Bays, Akaroa

    Scenic Bays

    Akaroa Things to Do

    Just 90 minutes drive from Christchurch it is popular with day trippers, although the Banks Peninsula’s wealth of attractions. The scenic Summit Road which winds along the hills of the volcanic peninsular offered spectacular views of Akaroa Bay and the Pacific oceanThe beautiful harbour dominates the landscape. There is lots of exploring to do in...



See all 116 Lyttelton Tips
  • Historic Town Walk is a thing of the..., Lyttelton

    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...

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

    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...

  • The lost beauty of the Harbour Lights, Lyttelton

    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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  • The Big Sheep Wool Gallery., Tirau

    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.

  • The Castle Cafe., Tirau

    The Castle Cafe.

    Tirau Restaurants

    Approaching Tirau from the south, you will see a big castle on a hill. Of course we don't have castles in New Zealand and this one is actually a cafe where you can stop for a cup of coffee and something to eat. Being a castle freak, I was intrigued enough to go up and have a look, but I didn't stop for food. There is a gift shop inside and the...

  • The Christmas Heirloom Company, Tirau

    The Christmas Heirloom Company

    Tirau Shopping

    The Christmas Heirloom Company sells Christmas decorations all year round. They have the most incredible selection of trees and themed decorations - some traditional stuff, and more quirky ideas too. I saw a tree decorated with surfing santas and penguines wearing shades! Lots of glitter, sparkle and all things Christmassy. A lot of people like to...


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  • 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:

    • 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.

  • 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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