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    Culture and food capital of New Zealand

    Wellington has been named the culture and food capital of New Zealand with it being crammed with more bars, cafés and restaurants per capita than New York! It is also home to the wearable arts show and has many amazing artists call Wellington home.

    Deborah Jones

    Cafe Culture

    New Zealand is known for it's cafe culture and the city of Nelson lives up to that! Great cafes in this town!

    Laura Thomas

    City of Sails

    Auckland is often called the "City of Sails", due to the large number of yachts and other boats you will see in the harbour. 1/3 of Aucklanders own a boat of some sort and the per capita yacht ownership is the highest in the world.

    Elizabeth J.

    Waitarere Beach

    Waitarere is a quiet seaside village with a very long beach - many places to walk and cycle or walk on the beach or in the forest.

    Leonie

    Growing Area

    Picking apples for a season in Motueka was brilliant fun. The area is a big growing area of pip fruits like apples and kiwis as well as hops and green tea.

    Laura Thomas

    Attractions

    Auckland Zoo

    Our family really enjoyed visiting this zoo. Particularly the great window where you can watch the seals swim past. They have a lot of great animals who all seem pretty content. The day we went the elephant and zoo keeper came onto the lawn while we were eating our picnic lunch! They have good facilities available so you can spend a whole day there if you want. Take insect repellent. We got ravaged by mosquitoes as we sat by a very lovely Japanese pond.

    Beautiful green space in Auckland City Centre. The 75ha park has been developed around the cone of an extinct volcano. Lovely gardens to walk around and the Auckland Museum within The Domain.

    Laura Thomas

    Such a lovely, clean and relaxing gallery with a lot of good art to see but not so much that you leave shattered and all art'ed out! Lovely cafe there too. Right beside Albert Park for a walk before or afterwards.

    Laura Thomas

    Great Forest Marathon

    The only off road marathon in New Zealand - attracts big crowds every April.

    Leonie

    Looking for a fast fun day out then check out the local go-cart joint - Maki Nitro! Located just out of town this place is great with a couple of friends or with a large group. You can just race each other or have teams with real-time lap times to see who really is the fastest!

    Nigel Wells

    Places To Eat

    EKIM Burgers

    These burgers are delicious! And not badly priced. Yummy fresh ingredients and great flavour combos. The chips are chunky and come with home made tomato sauce. It's a great spot they've got on the corner of busy Cuba St, and I love the repurposed caravans.

    The most amazing cafe/bakery food in Auckland in a quaint and quirky atmosphere. They also have a sister shop in Newmarket.

    Elizabeth J.

    Located in the Langham hotel, definitely not your typical hotel restaurant and worth a visit even if you're not staying there. There is an extensive selection of food from the 'eight' kitchens from all corners of the world. You need to go hungry as it is buffet style (which again makes it sound not so appealing but it is the fanciest buffet I have ever seen (bill to match). You can choose specialty meats like kangaroo or ostrich (as well as regulars) they cook in front of you, or you can just help yourself to all the other options including a dessert bar, you will likely be going back for seconds or thirds. I plan to visit again next time I'm in Auckland that's for sure.

    Deborah Jones

    This is THE place in Auckland. The venue is amazing right in front of all the yachts and the food and service is just perfect. The waiting staff are so attentive that you don't even need to fill up your own water glass! Food is delicious and the atmosphere great whether your in for eats or in for drinks.

    Laura Thomas

    Great licensed beach cafe with atmosphere

    Leonie

    Traveller Tips

    4 seasons in 1 day

    New Plymouth is a great place to visit and live. Each season brings the best part of it with hot (not too hot!) summers and cold winters. However, if you're visiting during autumn or spring then you best pack for any season. With Mt Egmont being a stone's throw away it really messes up the weather - it's often said that you can bike in a complete circle and you'll get a head wind the entire way! So dress warm but bring your shorts and jandles just in case.

    Nigel Wells

    Waterfront Playground

    If you are looking for somewhere for the kids to burn off energy, there is a great playground down by the lake. There are toilet facilities and a café.

    Jo B

    Maitai River

    There are lots of swimming holes in the Maitai River. Ask a local to point you in the right direction of them and cool off in the river!

    Laura Thomas

    Cable Bay Walkway

    If your planning on a day trip to Cable Bay there is a great walk that takes you from the 1st car park right to the top of the hill. Great hike, with some steeper areas at times and worth it for the view at the top!

    Laura Thomas

    Getting to Kerikeri by Air

    If flying from Auckland, the flight time is only 45 minutes arriving at the Bay of Islands Airport on the outskirts of Kerikeri. Getting to Kerikeri is a 10 minute drive.

    Laura Thomas

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