New Zealand Journals

Two islands, one country

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A travel journal to New Zealand by catsholiday

Welcome ceremony Photo, North Island, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: We spent a lovely two weeks in New Zealand after our four weeks in Australia. It was a trip that covered most of each of the islands and we saw sights ranging from glaciers to boiling mud pools.

Tamaki Moari concert and Hangi

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Attraction | "Experience Maori Culture and Hangi - I've Had Better"

Welcome ceremony Photo, North Island, New Zealand
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MAORI HANGI EVENING IN ROTORURA - TAMAKI VILLAGE:We were in two minds as to whether to do this trip or not but as our time in New Zealand was limited and this seemed to be the only opportunity to learn about the Maori culture and experience a real hangi we decided that we would pay the price and take the trip. To see what we could learn about the Maori people.I had eaten hangi meals in Australia when I lived there and really enjoyed the experience of food cooked in fire pits. So I persuaded my other half to come on the trip despite the fact tha we usually avoid forced ‘meet the native’ experiences.THE COLLECTION:The bus with a Maori lady driver collected us a...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 5, 2009

Rotorua

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Attraction | "Rotorua - Maori Culture, Boiling Mud, Geysers and Eggy Smells"

Ohinemutu Catholic church Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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ROTORUA:Rotorua is on the North island of New Zealand almost in the middle about three hours drive from Auckland and six from Wellington.We stayed at the Sudima Hotel right beside Lake Rotorua and as we got off the bus the interesting sulphur smell of Rotorua greeted us. It is quite a strong rotten egg sort of smell that gets in to everywhere. I didn’t find it too revolting but others in our group found it very over powering and complained constantly that it even pervaded the air-conditioning in the rooms.The town is quite small enough to walk around the main sights, the lovely steaming lake and the park alongside it and all the way to Ohinemutu. On our first evening we w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2009

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Attraction | "Shine on me little glow worms"

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Photo, Waitomo, New Zealand
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WHERE ARE THE WAITOMO CAVES?We drove from Auckland to Rotorua and on the way we stopped at the Waitomo caves near Otorohanga on the North Island of New Zealand. The caves are about two hours south of Auckland and two hours west of Rotorua so it made a good break in our journey. I really knew nothing about these caves prior to our arrival and was expecting the typical limestone rock formations and variations on stalagmites and stalactites. When we arrived the first impression was not that welcoming as there was some sort of road work taking place and we had to enter through a wooden tunnel which was not that welcoming. The caves were first explored in the late 1800s and were ev...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 5, 2009

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

Lake Tekapo

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Lake Tekapo Photo, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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SOUTH ISLAND NEW ZEALAND: LAKE TEKAPOWe drove from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo , a glacial Lake from the last Ice Age, the drive was about 3hours but we did stop a couple of times for comfort breaks.THE TIN SHED:We were driving by coach from Christchurch to Omerama and our first stop for was ‘The Tin Shed’ which was a huge tin roofed shed selling many wool and other NZ products but they also offered passing tourists free tea/coffee and biscuits to enjoy while looking around at the wool and possum fur items for sale. We found nipple warmers and willy warmers in possum fur but decided against the purchase mainly because we couldn’t think who would appreciate this ge...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 11, 2010

Fox & Franz Josef Heliservices

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Attraction | "Helicipter Flight onto a Glacier"

Fox & Franz Josef Heliservices Photo, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
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WHERE IS THE GLACIER?In New Zealand’s south Island on the West Coast is a real gem known as Westland National Park, a very special area where two permanent glaciers come down to meet a lush green temperate rainforest at about 300 metres above sea level. There are only a few places in the world where two contrasting bio geographical phenomena meet and this is one. The Franz Joseph Glacier is about 12 km long and together with Fox Glacier and the surrounding area has been designated a World heritage site .The Franz Joseph Glacier was named after the famous Austrian Emperor of the same name in 1865 but its Maori name; Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere means the tears of Hinehukatere...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 11, 2010

Fox & Franz Josef Heliservices
Alpine Adventure Centre, Main Road Franz Josef Village
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
+64 3 752 0793

Milford Sound

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Attraction | "New Zealand's Most Visited Attraction"

Milford Sound Photo, South Island, New Zealand
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We were staying in Queenstown and our visit to Milford Sound was a day trip from Queenstown and back. This is quite a normal trip for people wanting to have a trip on Milford Sound and there are many companies offering day trips similar to ours. Milford Sound is New Zealand’s most visited attraction and is a fjord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island, in Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.We were up early for a 7.15 departure and our first stop was at Te Anau at the Lake’s edge where we had a coffee and a walk around the few shops and the lake edge. MIRROR LAKESThe next stop was Mirror Lakes where there were the most amazing refl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 15, 2010

Milford Sound
SW of South Island Within Fiordland National Park
South Island, New Zealand