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    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

    It's a bit hidden away in Waikanae but is definitely worth seeking out if you're on the Kapiti Coast. It is a shame it isn't more well-known as it is an excellent place to see NZ native birds like keas and kakas up close, plus they have kiwis and tuataras. It is nicely laid out with grassy areas and seats.


    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.


    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.


    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

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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

    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.



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