New Zealand Journals

Travels in New Zealand

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A travel journal to New Zealand by beckyX

Mokai Gravity Canyon Photo, Taihape, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: I was in New Zealand in April 2009, and in November 2006. These are a review of the various places I've been to on my travels.

Mount Victoria

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Attraction | "Stunning Panoramic Views of Wellington"

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Mount Victoria is a 196m tall hill in the Eastern suburbs of New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. It offers unrivalled panoramic views out over the city and the top of the hill is the shooting location of many of the famous cityscape photographs advertising the city.As well as being the name of the big hill, Mount Victoria is also the name of the adjoining suburb, which is largely but not entirely residential. It also lends its name to the Mount Victoria tunnel which runs through the hill itself and is the main way of getting to the airport, which is on the Miramar peninsula to the east.===The Town Belt===The wooded park area on the western face of the ridge forms part...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2009

Mount Victoria
Alexandra Lookout Road
Wellington, New Zealand 6001
+64 0(4) 802 4860 (V

The Shotover Jet

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Attraction | "Apparently the World's Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride"

The Shotover Jet Photo, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Shotover Jet is the name of a New Zealand adventure company based in Shotover Canyon, near Queenstown, New Zealand. They offer what is apparently the world's most exciting Jet Boat right through the steeply walled canyon.===What is a jet boat and how does it work?===You may be wondering what jet boating is. Imagine, if you will, a cross between a hovercraft and a motor boat that can carry up to 28 passengers. These are very rapid boats that can operate in very shallow water and move very close to obstacles. This is ideal for the famous braided rivers of the South Island, which are twisty, shallow, meander over the seasons and have many frequent obstacles.Unlike a propelle...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2009

The Shotover Jet
Shotover River Canyon
Queenstown, New Zealand

Powderhorn Chateau

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Hotel | "Luxurious Hotel on Edge of National Park"

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The Powderhorn Chateau is a luxury hotel located on the outskirts of a small skiing town called Ohakune, about half a day’s drive north of Wellington. If you are driving through the area, I strongly recommend it as a place to stay. We came here in April 2009, which is Autumn in New Zealand and not ski season.===The price===Surprisingly for a luxury hotel, the price is affordable by UK standards even given the current terrible exchange rates, but New Zealand is generally a lot cheaper. Prices are currently around NZD$200 (about £90) per room per night in the summer and NZD$230 (about £100) in the winter. If you can’t afford this for your whole trip, I can recommend a camp site half a ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 12, 2009

Powderhorn Chateau
bottom of Mountain Rd, Ohakune,
New Zealand, South Pacific
+64 6 385 8888

Rolleston House YHA

Hotel | "Rolleston House - Great Youth Hostel in New Zealand"

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Rolleston House youth hostel is a HI hostel on Worcester St in the centre of Christchurch, New Zealand. It is situated close to several bus stops, including the bus to and from the airport (which started running early enough for me to get my pre-10am flight). It also has some car parking available, but most of the people who were there when I was were backpackers.HI is more or less an international version of the YHA, so if you are a YHA member or a member of any other affiliated organisation then you get a $3 (about £1.30) discount per adult per night (with differing rates for children), but this is only really worth it if you will stay more than a couple of nights in hostels over the co...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2009

Rolleston House YHA
5 Worcester Blvd.
Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 (3) 366-6564

Dux de Lux

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Restaurant | "Dux De Lux - Unusual and Good Restaurant in Christchurch"

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Dux De Lux is an "aquatarian" restaurant/bar complex in Christchurch, New Zealand that offers great food for vegetarians (and pescetarians) at a reasonable price. It is located in the city centre, next to the Arts centre, and is extremely close to the Botanic Gardens. On the two occasions that I have been there, the outside seating has been extremely crowded, with a few spaces inside in the restaurant area. Dux de Lux is a complex that is divided into several parts – including the restaurant, three bars, and two outside seating areas. This review is about the restaurant.===The atmosphere===The furnishing and atmosphere here are a quirky mixture of "traditional British pub" mixe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 2, 2009

Dux de Lux
Cnr Hereford & Montreal Streets.
Christchurch, New Zealand PO Box 150
03 366 6919

Mokai Gravity Canyon

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Attraction | "The Day I Tried to Fly in NZ"

Mokai Gravity Canyon Photo, Taihape, New Zealand
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Mokai Gravity Canyon is a centre for performing a trio of adrenaline sports - bungee jumping, canyon swinging and their world famous flying fox. It is located near Taihape, New Zealand, a couple of hours drive North of Wellington.===The Canyon itself===The canyon itself featured in some river scenes of Lord of the Rings, so you may recognise it. The walls of the canyon are sheer and mostly bare with a few lone plants clinging on in a few places. The narrow road leading from the main road to the centre winds back and forth and crosses the canyon by bridge several times. As we crossed each bridge, I noticed that the river was getting steadily further and further below the road, causing...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 2, 2009

Mokai Gravity Canyon
Mokai Bridge - P.O. Box 84
Taihape, New Zealand
+64 6 388 9109

Christchurch Tramway

Attraction | "Christchurch Tramway: Drive Through a Building or Crash into It?"

Christchurch Tramway Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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The Christchurch tramway is a 2.5km long tourist tramway that loops around the city centre of Christchurch in New Zealand. Although vintage trams are used, this is not a historical remnant (the tram networked stopped being used in the 1950s), but were reinstated as a tourist attraction in 1995.Each tram has its own quirks and features, and each driver tells you different interesting stories about the places you are going around. We thought that some of the stories may have had fictional elements added to them - the drivers were all charming and eccentric. Some of the trams are a little more rickety than others, though I found that they were comfortable enough inside for short distances. Wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2009

Christchurch Tramway
7 Tramway Lane
Christchurch, New Zealand 8001
+64 (0)3 366 7830

Arrowtown

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Attraction | "Tiny NZ town: Fab Sweet Shops, Good Walking"

Arrowtown Photo, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Arrowtown is a very small town of about 2000 people in South New Zealand about 21 miles from the much larger Queenstown. It used to be a mining town 150 years ago, but the gold ran out many years ago and now tourism is the new source of gold for the town. Unusually for this area (which is now mainly famous for much more modern extreme sports industry), the town has a historic feel to it, with some very picturesque buildings.When we passed through en route to Queenstown, we were amazed that such a small town could have such a large and varied shopping street. One shop in particular made the visit entirely worthwhile - a chocolatier called Patagonia Chocolates. They have some unusual (and ex...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2009

Arrowtown
Restored quaint Miners settlement
Queenstown, New Zealand

Te Papa Tongarewa

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Attraction | "Our Place in Wellington - Great Museum"

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Te Papa Tongarewa museum ("Te Papa" or "Our Place" for short) is New Zealand's national museum and is right in the heart of Wellington next to the docks. If you only have time to visit one thing in Wellington, visit Te Papa. Many of the collections are online, so if you can't make it all the way to New Zealand, then have a look at the web pages instead. Originally dating from 1992 (or 1998 for the present incarnation in its iconic building), this is a modern museum suitable for children and adults alike and the exhibits are fun and often interactive, whilst still being educational.Most of the exhibitions are free, but you pay if you want to go on a guided tour. Lifts going to every floor h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2009

Te Papa Tongarewa
55 Cable St
Wellington, New Zealand 6001
+64 (4) 381 7000

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Attraction | "Black Water Rafting in Glow Worm Caves"

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Photo, Waitomo, New Zealand
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Waitomo caves is a small village a couple of hours drive south of Auckland in the Waitomo region of New Zealand that is home to a system of caves that are world famous for their glow worms.There are many tours of the caves, with some more adventurous and energetic than others, ranging from sedate boat tours to the blackwater rafting trip we went on: I went on the Rap, Raft and Rock tour, and it was distinctly towards the more energetic end of the spectrum.We were collected from our hostel and driven over many bumpy roads to a shack in the middle of nowhere that housed all of the gear. We put on wetsuits and helmets, some highly fashionable wet suit protectors (baggy shorts) and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2009

Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo Caves Road
Waitmo, New Zealand
64 7 878 8227