New Zealand Journals

New Zealand- a holiday made in heaven

A March 2005 trip to New Zealand by b.e.g28

Devonport Photo, New Zealand, South Pacific More Photos
Quote: Once seen, never forgotten--the only way New Zealand can be described. Culture, excitement, stunning scenery, and gorgeous food... it's a country that has it all and so much more.

New Zealand- a holiday made in heaven

Overview

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The country from North to South is one continuous highlight. No matter what your taste in holiday--adventure, laid-back, exploring, walking and hiking, relaxed touring--the country has it all. Auckland, Milford Sound, Christhchurch, whale-watching, Te Anau, geysers, lakes and mountains, legend and folklore, Wellington, Napier, the Catlins, the Transalpine Express, Te Papa--I could go on. New Zealand is the stuff of dreams.Quick Tips: Fly direct--it's cheaper from the UK, and you don't lose any holiday time in NZ. The best way to see NZ is by car, and hiring is cheap, fuel is cheaper, and roads are empty (especially on the South Island). Bus and trains will get you to most parts of the bot...Read More

Aspen House

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Hotel

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Aspen House is a functional, clean, and renovated hotel about 5 minutes from Auckland’s main Queen Street and a short walk to the harbour front and ferry terminals. It is located in a very quiet corner of central Auckland, yet so convenient to all that central Auckland has to offer. A bright red-fronted brick building with 24-hour reception, it has been recently refurbished to a high standard. Expect frills and extravagance and you will be disappointed, but each room has a TV and hair dryer. Breakfast is provided in the cost, and there are laundry facilities at a small cost. The staff we met was helpful and friendly, and the hotel plays host to people of all ages. The airport shut...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 13, 2005

Aspen House
62 Emily Place
Auckland, New Zealand
+64 (9) 379-6633

Sky Tower

Attraction

Sky Tower Photo, New Zealand, South Pacific
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Sky Tower dominates Auckland’s skyline whether you enter by road or sea. New Zealand’s tallest man-made structure at 328m, the views from the two viewing centres are both stunning and panoramic. The bottom three floors accommodate shops, banks, and a casino, which are free to enter. An escalator will take you down to the Sky Tower ticket booth for a $15 ticket to the lower viewing platform (an extra $3 will take you to the second viewing platform). The view from either platform demonstrates the urban sprawl that is Auckland, low rise and vast. The views of the harbour front, Devonport, Bayswater, the 46 (count them) volcanoes, and Auckland’s parks are incredible and worth the visit....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 1, 2005

Sky Tower
Victoria Street at Federal Street
Auckland, New Zealand 1001
+64 (9) 363 6000

Devonport

Attraction

Devonport Photo, New Zealand, South Pacific
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Devonport was the first European settlement in Auckland and many of the original buildings still stand today. The whole suburb is a mix of one- and two-story Victorian wooden buidlings, churches, and tree-lined avenues. The suburb is demoniated by the volcanic Mt Victoria, and a brisk 15-minute walk from the ferry terminal will see you basking in the most amazing views of Auckland. The tourist information office will provide you with a map of "Old Devonport" and following their route will ensure you spend a very happy 2-3 hours exploring the whole peninsula without gettign lost. A sprinkling of cafes and coffee bars line the main street, should you wish to revive yourself, b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 1, 2005

Devonport
Devonport, Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand
+644 (9) 446-0677

Hamilton Gardens

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Attraction

Hamilton Gardens Photo, New Zealand, South Pacific
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Hamilton is New Zealand’s largest inland city with a population of over 100,000 and approximately 110km south of Auckland. It has a reputation of being industrious, working class (blue collar), and slightly characterless. This is somewhat harsh. Hidden on the road from Cambridge is a park of stunning beauty and charm - Hamilton Gardens. The gardens are split into several categories, market garden (fruit and veggie), natural, and herb for example. However, the highlight is the recreation of garden styles from around the world and through the ages. You will find a medieval renaissance garden, a roman villa, a Persian aromatic garden, a 15th-century Japanese garden, and a Ch...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2005

Hamilton Gardens
State Highway 1.
Hamilton , New Zealand
+64 (7) 838 6782