Auckland Journals

Whirlawind in New Zealand

A September 1992 trip to Auckland by willgo

Quote: As a family with teenage boys, we wanted to explore a country whose first language was English. New Zealand was do-able because of its relatively small size.

Whirlawind in New Zealand

Overview

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The 'World in Miniature' is the tourism motto of New Zealand, and in a whirlwind tour we were able to see the tropics of the North Island and the fjords of the South Island.

Quick Tips:

Air New Zealand gave us special discounted tickets for teenagers...unheard of in the US.

Best Way To Get Around:

We opted for an Air Pass to save time in island-hopping. In the cities we walked and used public transportation to maximize sightseeing.

Mt Eden

Attraction | "Mount Eden"

Quote:
We were experiencing severe jet lag afer a 21-hour flight from the USA, but needed to run of some energy at Mt. Eden Park before settling into our hotel. The adults could just enjoy the view and absorb some local history.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2000

Mt Eden
Mt Eden Road
Auckland, New Zealand 1003
+64 (0)9 979 2333

Auckland Zoo

Attraction

Quote:
We needed to do something special with the kids before sending them off to school as exchange students for 2 weeks. The zoo was a great introduction to NZ geography, history and wildlife

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2000

Auckland Zoo
99 Motions Road
Auckland, New Zealand 1022
+64 (0)9 360 3800

Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World

Attraction | "Underwater Aquarium"

Quote:
Our kids were always interested in tropical fish but nothing prepared them for the experience of being surrounded by fish as we moved under the water.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2000

Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World
23 Tamaki Drive
Auckland, New Zealand 1005
+64 (0)9 528 0603

Pohutu Geyser

Story/Tip

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A short drive from Auckland was the spectacular area of Whakarewarewa near a more touristy Rotorua where we enjoyed the famed Pohutu Geyser and the pa (Maori village) Both were unusual for us first-time visitors to see through the eyes of our NZ hosts.

Walotapu NZ

Story/Tip

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No far from Auckland the sprawling city we found ourselves enjoying the colored pools, crater steam vents and hot waterfalls of this charming site. The bubbling champagne pool was a site not to be missed.