I think one of the other places worth going to have a look at is the Museum of city and sea on the water front and matiu somes island as well. The old dominion museum on buckle street.
The second Sunday in September - Carterton hosts the Daffodil Festival with a steam train, huge Wai Art Sale, daffodil picking and lots of staff selling local arts and crafts
Did you know the Carterton Events Centre hosts beautiful art exhibitions and can provide you with information about the region between 10-4 every day.
Make sure to take the walk upstream from Huka Falls where you'll find a hot stream joins the river, awesome to take a dip! Or Walk down stream to the Aratiatia Dam and watch the water release at 10, 12 or 2pm!
Kauri Point Reserve and coastal walkway - situated in Wattle Downs, the reserve is accessed from Carnoustie Drive, the walkway can also be accessed from Gairloch Place, Glenross Drive. Provides lovely scenic walkway of Pahurehure Inlet (Manukau Harbour) and views across to...
if you are on a visit to rotorua the first thing is skyline then lake , polynesian spa , museum and if you can afford the scenic flight over volcanic valley.
must visit skyline , lake, museum,polynesian spa and if you can afford the helicopter scenic flights over lake and volcanic valley if you are visiting rotorua in new zealand.
Two tips, incorporated into one! To save money when travelling - travel on the overnight buses or trains, eliminating one night's accommodation from your itinerary costs for each trip taken this way... But, remember to bring earplugs to ensure a good night's sleep. I did this...
Remember to pack your camera charger! You don't want to run out of battery juice when you're surrounded by stunning scenery!
Visit and explore the region's unique and largest volcano, Rangitoto Island, in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. Whichever walk you choose from either Rangitoto Wharf or Islington Bay wharf, there's something to enthrall everyone. Bring your own picnic, and take all refuse home with you...
Take a wonder around The Grove, a pleasant walk at Clifton, signposted just before Pohara in Golden Bay. Take a picnic and enjoy this scenic spot - the kids will love it and so will you.
when traveling on a budget visit the local information center and ask what free things to do you be surprised what you find
Check the Attractions out before you decide to visit a City you have never been to before, just a few clicks on the net and you have the World at your fingertips. Awesome!!!
If you'd like a window or aisle seat on the plane, either choose it at time of booking the ticket, or be the last person to check in and ask at the counter. There's no harm in asking, and it may be free of charge or with a little amount.
Take photos of important travel documents, such as passports, drivers licence, credit cards, cash passports, itineraries, in case they get lost or stolen. Email them to yourself or back them up into cloud storage (Dropbox, iCloud).
If your into short hikes then you should definitely check out the Wye Creek track in Queenstown it only takes about 40minutes and takes you halfway up the Remarkable's to a helicopter pad that looks over the lake. It gives you the most amazing view that makes the hike all worth...
If you are in Hawke's Bay visiti the Arataki honey farm in havelock North. It's free and has lots of stuff for kids, education around bees and free tasting. Afterwards visit Te mata peak where you will get views of all of Hawke's Bay.
Just a short 45 minutes south of Auckland is a wonderful watergarden, the Wrights Watergardens. It is kids, dogs and wheelchair friendly. Meander around the paths, the ponds have wonderful lilly displays and kids will love the turtle colony and the eels in the pond. Its all built...
In Wellington, to do your Lord of the Ring experience go to the Weta Cave but also the Roxy Cinema as has Hobbit themed entrance you can take your photo in and a beautiful cafe and restaurant. You never know who is having a quite coffee while writing the script for the next movie...
Climbing up the Mount offers spectacular views of the bay, but walking up Papamoa Hills (off SH2) offers just as lovely views. It's gorgeous looking back over at the Mount, less crowded in the summer, and just as good exercise :-)
A little known Gem … stop and take the time to have a look around the "Ashburton Aviation Museum". This is a place not to be missed if you have an interest in planes. Excellent display of military aircraft and novel aviation exhibits and artifacts, all supported by interesting...
Stop by the Katikati Information Centre and book a tour of our murals which tell the story of Katikati’s history and people. Take a leisurely walk along the Haiku Pathway on the Uretara Stream and read the largest collection of these special poems in the Southern Hemisphere.
Wairarapa walks and wineries - you cannot beat them! From the Waiohine Gorge to Mt Holdsworth, Fensham Reserve and Mt Dick the views are spectacular and the wine is award-winning
Enjoy a glass of locally produced Point Bush Estate wine at the estate's ‘Vines’ restaurant, and for no extra charge you can relax and enjoy an amazing view over the grape vines, over the township of Waimate and out to the sea in the distance.
See Tauranga on a bike... Great bike to hire at Harbour City Motor Inn
Want to learn all about our great navigators Captain Cook and Kupe? Head to Mercury Bay Museum on The Esplanade ... its amazing!
For the best citrus tarts, head to our local secret - Jandals Cafe on Albert Street! :)
Looking for something tasty on the BBQ tonight? Grab a Whitianga Banga, the best sausages on the Coromandel at Mercury Bay Meats on Albert Street.
Voted best beach in NZ 2013 & 2014. Walk the deserted Ohope Beach and enjoy the serenity of your surroundings
Drive to Jackson bay, a small remote village 50km south of Haast. It's one of the region's best kept secrets.
The TranzAlpine train journey is one of the top six train journeys in the world and absolutely spectacular! Must do!
Visit the Bearded Miners in Reefton - unique locals with long beards, tall stories and billy tea.
Stop at the gates of Hasst and the Blue Pools for some of the best photo stops on the West Coast.
A walk along the waterfront to Te Papa, which has free entry, offers an inexpensive day out.
Take the downhill walk from the Botanic Gardens back to the city to view the old wooden houses.
If you're in the region in March, make it a point to see the Wairarapa Balloon Festival. The Night Glow event is absolutely wonderful!
The cave beneath the Castlepoint lighthouse is amazing and accessible only over rocks at low tide, but watch out for that giant wheke (octopus).
To get a unique view of Castlepoint Lighthouse, be sure to walk the Deliverance Cove walking track. The track starts and finished at the southern end of the carpark and can walked clock wise or anti-clockwise. You also walk under the impressive Castle Rock.
Did you know you can tour 30 wineries in Martinborough on foot?
Check out the Fairfield Bridge over the Waikato River in Hamilton, especially when it is lit up at night.
Stop in Tirau at the corrugated iron sheep and dog for public toilets and tourist information.
Visit the predator-free Ulva Island, just a 15-minute water taxi ride from Oban on Stewart Island.
Make sure you visit Bluff during the oyster season, so you don't miss out on this delicious seafood!
Be sure to kayak in the Doubtful Sound as dolphins often swim along with the kayaks.
Head inland to Takaka and see the impossibly clear waters of the freshwater springs.
Jump on a mail boat cruise and take an eco tour to Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary - it's unbelievably beautiful.
Step back in time at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, the world's largest collection of World War One aircrafts - it's awesome!
For a very hands-on experience, spend a day or two learning to sail onboard a traditional wooden sailboat in Havelock.
Don't miss the Marlborough Farmers’ Market, held at the A&P Showgrounds every Sunday morning and the Marlborough Artisan Market held in town on Saturdays.
The tower on Durie Hill gives excellent scenic views of the Whanganui area.
Whether you’re in a mood for rugged beaches and native bush, walking along the coast or exploring a rich heritage, Auckland’s has it all.
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