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    Facts about New Zealand

    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

    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

    Abel Tasman Climate

    The Abel Tasman National Park has a mild climate so it's great anytime of year! Also great for walking!!

    Laura Thomas

    Abel Tasman Coastal Walk

    The Abel Tasman Coastal Walk takes 3-5 days and is very gentle easy walk.

    Laura Thomas


    Naki Nitro

    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!

    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.

    Jo B

    The Te Pepe Pump Track in Ohakune is a great place to take the kids for a ride. It has been evolving over the last year or so and suits riders of all abilities.

    Jo B

    Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland

    If you are looking for geothermal activity this is a great place to visit. You need to get there before 10 a.m. if you want to see the geyser erupt along with an interesting talk from the guide. There are many tracks to follow to see the various attractions. The bubbling mud pool is a must see. There is a café and souvenir shop and good toilet facilities. The tracks are buggy (and probably wheelchair) friendly if you choose the appropriate path.

    Jo B

    Centre of New Zealand Walk

    What a walk! Brilliant views and I managed up with a baby in a buggy! Highly recommend doing this is walk in Nelson!

    Laura Thomas

    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.

    Great place to get a feed in the center of town with amazing views out to the wind wand and foreshore. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner including some really amazing pizza dishes! Once you've finished your meal you can take a tour around the Puke Araki museum in which Arborio is located.

    Nigel Wells

    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

    Self titled 'mystic Mexican cuisine and tequila bar' it really is very tasty! Great location and relaxed atmosphere, best to make a reservation if going for dinner though. Daily specials like 2 for 1 small bites (shared plates) on Mondays keep it interesting and the pork chimichangas will leave you planning a return trip.

    Deborah Jones

    Such an amazing setting right on the water. Watching the sunset was truly lovely and won't be forgotten!

    Laura Thomas

    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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