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    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.

    When driving west out of Waihi along SH2 you quickly encounter the Karangahake Gorge, which is a very nice area to spend a bit of time in this area of Coromandel. Some amazing walks but with steep steps and also dark tunnels so good walking shoes and a torch essential. Turn your flashlight off when you are in the pump room, and when your eyes are accustomed to the dark you should see glowworms.

    Whangarei Falls are just out of Whangarei on the way to the coast. They are nearly 30m high and have a good flow all year round. There are heaps of easy walking tracks surrounding the falls and a number of picnic areas. A must see in this area.

    The perfect way to unwind after a skiing holiday. Talented, charming therapists and a calm and soothing decor.

    The Cable Cars run every 10 minutes between the Lambton Quay Terminus and the Kelburn Terminus at the top of the Botanic Gardens. It's a fun ride with a couple of tunnels and some lovely views. The view of Wellington from the top is beautiful. At the top there is a Cable Car Museum, public toilets, bus stop, Carter Observatory, a shuttle bus to Zealandia, and the start of the walking tracks through the Botanic Gardens. Children love this trip, particularly waving at the passengers in the other Cable Car as they pass each other at the mid-point of the track. It's around $3 or $4 each way.

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    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.

    A cute, contemporary cafe on the main street of Whangamata. The coffee is excellent, and the lunch choices a cut above regular cafe fare. They are also open for dinner/evening drinks during peak tourist time.

    Bite Deli is located in The Depot, a beautifully restored old building on the main street of Thames that is now home to a small collection of artisans and speciality food stores, that wouldn't be out of place in a far more cosmopolitan location. Although their main focus is obviously delicatessen goods, fine wines etc., Bite also do scrumptious takeaway lunches, baked treats and coffee that can be enjoyed in the Depot's delightful courtyard area.

    Caffeine Cafe is a lovely little cafe with amazing coffee and food. It's very busy and almost impossible to get a table at lunchtime or at breakfast time during the weekend so it's worth getting there early. By far the best takeaway coffee in Whangarei. It's located just 1 minutes walk from the central mall.

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

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    Heaphy Track

    If you head north from Westport you follow the amazing West Coast up past Granity to Karamea. This is a beautiful yet wild part of the country where you find the entrance to the Heaphy Track. This is a five day walk taking you to Golden Bay.

    Auckland Art Sessions

    Within Auckland Art Gallery there is an area where you can join in a actually do some art of your own. On Saturday's the gallery runs a free kids art session on the mezzanine level which is great fun!

    The Hutt River is great for swimming

    The Hutt River runs alongside the Lower Hutt CBD. There are several walking tracks and swimming holes only a few minutes from the centre of town.

    Perfect location before heading North

    I found Upper Hutt the perfect place to stay before heading north up SH2. It's an hour out of Wellington so beat all the traffic, but can regroup and rest before hitting the Rimutaka hill.

    Peka Peka Beach

    Just north of Waikanae is Peka Peka beach. A wild west coast beach which stretches for miles. Can get good surf and there is ample driftwood for making fires and shelters. A true taste of New Zealand.

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    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.

    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 many amazing artists call Wellington home.

    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!

    Pancake Rocks

    The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes during high tides.

    Once New Zealand's busiest port

    In the mid 1800s during the gold rush, Hokitika was New Zealand's busiest port and one of the country's largest towns. Hard to believe now as the West Coast is one of the most remote places you can visit.