New Zealand Journals

North Island of New Zealand

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A travel journal to New Zealand by jessparkin

Quote: A journey around the north

Toast Martinborough

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Toast Martinborough is an annual wine festival which takes place in the small wine town of Martinborough at the bottom of the North Island of New Zealand. IT is approximately one hours drive out of Wellington or you can get there by taking a scenic train ride from Wellington then getting a coach to the location.What is it?Well as the name suggests Toast Martinborough is a celebration of wine, food and live music which takes place in November each year. Think - a good old fashioned pub crawl with great wines instead of beers, amazing gastro cuisine instead of kebabs and a wide range of music.You have to purchase tickets in advance - and be advised get them early as the eve...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2012

Tamaki Maori Village

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Attraction | "A great evening"

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When visiting New Zealand it is impossible to miss the Maori culture and where better to experience this than visiting a Marae (or village). Now an evening visit to the Tamaki village might seem really tacky touristy BUT I think that it was an educational and fun experience. Getting thereSeveral coaches travel to the Marae every evening. The tourist company which runs the visit is owned by the local Maori tribe so all of the drivers are Maori locals. This means that you should expect to be given some "instructions" for the evening on the way there. "Don't stick your tongue out at the chief", "don't laugh at the challenge" are just two of these!It is hard to know if he is ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 23, 2011

Tamaki Maori Village
1220 Hinemaru Street
Rotorua, New Zealand

Hot Water Beach

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Attraction | "Hot water sea? Sign me up"

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Hot water beach is located in the Coromandel area of the North Island of New Zealand and is one of the most interesting places I have ever visited. I can honestly say that I have NEVER been anywhere like it!So what is it?As it says on the tin hot water beach is a beach on the coast. It is a beautiful, sandy beach with gentle seas, very few currents (so good for swimming) and it is kept very neat and tidy. There is no rubbish or mess at all. As it is based at the top of the north island it is one of the sunnier areas of New Zealand (although this is not guaranteed - it can be horrible and wet here too!)Ok you might be thinking a nice beach - but why is it called hot water...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 23, 2011

Hot Water Beach
East Coast of Coromandel Peninsula
North Island, New Zealand

Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.

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Attraction | "Great fun"

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Now, prior to visiting New Zealand I had never heard of Black Water Rafting. I had done White Water Rafting and loved it so figured that whatever it was I would enjoy it. Where is it?The Black Water Rafting company are based in Waitomo in the North Island of New Zealand and organise trips to the very famous glow worm caves of Waitomo.What is it?Black water rafting involves sitting on a big rubber inner tube (basically a big rubber cushion with a hole in it for your bottom!) and travelling along an underwater river, complete with rapids and small waterfalls in the Waitomo Glow worm caves. Can anyone do it?So long as you are over 12 and reasonably ph...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 21, 2010

Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.
585 Waitomo Caves Road
Waitomo, New Zealand
+64 (7) 878 6219

Te Papa Tongarewa

Attraction | "A great museum for a wet day"

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The Te Papa Museum is one of Wellington, and New Zealands top formal attractions in terms of museums and galleries. Located on the sea front set back from the sea by gardens overlooking the harbour it is in a wonderful - if very windy location. The museum is huge and luckily free to enter although they would appreciate it, if you would give a donation. Key attractionsThe museum is worth spending a whole day in , believe me - or if you are in Wellington for a while make several trips. Some of my highlights were1) The earthquake house - yup go into a full sized house and experience a full on earth quake - the whole house shakes, you get to hear the crashes of cr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 9, 2010

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

Westpac Stadium

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Attraction | "Go see the All Blacks or Black Caps"

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The Westpac Stadium is the official name of the "Cake Tin" Stadium in Wellington New Zealand. Why is it called the cake tin? Well (now don't tell my hubby this) but that is just what it looks like - when you are flying into Wellington airport you can see this structure from the air which looks just like a cake tin! It is the official home of Wellington rugby, cricket and now the Wellington Football franchise the Wellington Phoenix!LocationFor a city stadium it is perfectly located, on the sea front - approximately 5 minutes walk from Wellington train station up a pedestrianised route which takes you straight from the station to the stadium. There is car parking but it is ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2010

Westpac Stadium
147 Waterloo Quay
Wellington, New Zealand 6140
64 4 473 3881