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    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.

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

    Amy Turner

    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

    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.

    James

    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.

    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

    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.

    Liz

    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.

    Liz

    Traveller Tips

    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!

    Laura Thomas

    Caroline Bay

    This is a lovely safe swimming beach. There is a really good playground, toilets, and if you head down there at dusk you see the penguins coming out.

    James

    Private, local hot pools

    If you want to put in a bit of effort, there are several hot pools along the river in Hanmer. They are relatively easy to find and the locals are very happy to tell you where the 'secret' pools are.

    James

    Good place for skiing

    Although Turangi is known for fishing it's an ideal place to stay for a Ruapehu skiing holiday. It's only just over an hour to the mountain and you have more facilities than the mountain towns with Taupo on your doorstep.

    James

    Huka Falls

    Huka Falls is a very impressive, powerful waterfall on the outskirts of Taupo. They are free to visit and well worth the short drive north.

    James

    Facts about New Zealand

    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

    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.

    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

    Large and at high altitude

    Lake Tekapo covers an area of 83 square kilometres (32 sq mi), and is at an altitude of of nearly 1000m (1 km) above sea level.

    James

    Sperm Whales

    The waters of Kaikoura are the ideal temperature and depth for sperm, and sometimes, other, whales. You can often see them from the shore or you can take quite a pricey boat ride.

    James

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