New Zealand Journals

Second trip to NZ

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A travel journal to New Zealand by beckyX

The Shotover Jet Photo, Queenstown, New Zealand More Photos
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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

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

Hell Pizza

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Restaurant | "Devilishly Good Pizza"

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On my many travels, I have had a few occasions where I have come across a restaurant that I enjoyed so much that I wanted to write about it to tell people to try it. The New Zealand pizza chain Hell Pizza is one such - it proved a real welcome break when I was travelling thanks to it having a vegan pizza option. The rest of you needn't worry - only one pizza out of about twenty is vegan, and a further three are listed as vegetarian. The rest are full of meat - many spicy, some bland.As nearly everyone reading this knows, New Zealand's lamb industry is world renowned. What is slightly less well known is that their dairy industry is just as important to the economy. I hadn't realised how ser...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 15, 2009

Hell Pizza
14 Bond Street
Wellington, New Zealand

Coronet Peak Tandems

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Attraction | "Coronet Peak Tandem Paragliding - Fly Like a Bird"

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I had a spare day in New Zealand and decided try a more "hardcore" adventure sport. I asked around and heard that the Coronet Peak Tandems paragliding was particularly fun - the pilot does all the hard work and you sit back and enjoy the views.===The cost===This isn't a cheap activity, even by the standards of New Zealand adrenaline sports. Paragliding cost NZD$179 (which was about £85) for a half day activity. That included the transport and a cd of pictures and videos.===Booking===I booked the trip through my guide the day before and just had to call to check then wait outside. As is normal for these sorts of activities, I was picked up in a minibus from the door ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 19, 2009

Coronet Peak Tandems

Queenstown, New Zealand

Puzzling World

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Attraction | "What a Puzzler"

Puzzling World Photo, Wanaka, New Zealand
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Puzzling World is a family friendly fun building full of optical illusions near Wanaka in New Zealand's South Island. It is a vibrantly coloured building that is readily visible from the highway and was suitable for small children and adults alike. I would have loved to spend ages here, but I only had time for a whistle stop tour because we were on a tour. Part museum, part exhibition, it has been there for over thirty five years now, so it can't just be for maths fanatics like me!===Location===Puzzling world is located a few miles out from the town of Wanaka which lies on the edge of Lake Wanaka, a couple of hours drive north of Queenstown. This is in the Southern Lakes region of Ne...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 28, 2009

Puzzling World
188 Main Highway 84
Wanaka, New Zealand
(03) 443 7489