New Zealand Journals

Christmas in New Zealand

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A December 2011 trip to New Zealand by RLB2

Auckland Museum (Tamaki Paenga Hira) Photo, Auckland, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: Well what better way to stay warm in the winter than visit the southern hemisphere?

Andrew Andrew

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Restaurant | "A chic and funky bar right on the wharf!"

Andrew Andrew Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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On one of our last nights in Auckland we decided to eat by the wharf, which is quite a trendy area to be. We wanted to have a couple of drinks and really just de-stress after the conference. Not really knowing where to go, we just headed down to the wharf and were actually heading towards a restaurant when one of the staff members jumped out of this little quirky bar and enticed us in (granted it was the happy hour cocktails that really tempted us). We were looking for somewhere to eat as well as drink and so had a quick look at the menu to try and find a vegetarian option (yes that old problem again). Luckily this bar did a platter of vegetarian nibbles that was not only delicious, but looked amazing...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 19, 2012

Andrew Andrew
201 Quay Street, Princes Wharf
Auckland, New Zealand
(09) 377 0040

Pita Pit

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Restaurant | "A good, quick, healthy lunchtime stop."

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I'm sure everyone has heard of the franchise Subway, which is pretty ubiquitous in every city. Well personally I get a bit sick of bread for lunch and when searching for something to eat in Auckland city centre I found this little shop. While I was there I thought it was a one off shop, but I have since found that this too is a chain, although it seems to be restricted to New Zealand and Australia. I'm sure very soon it will be as ubiquitous as Subway, but do you know what I actually thought this particular store was brilliant. It's located in the CBD of Auckland within walking distance of Britomart (where you catch lots of buses etc.). The format inside is very much like Subway in that yo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 19, 2012

Pita Pit
7 Britomart Place
Auckland CBO, New Zealand
(09) 357 0000

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Attraction | "A bit of a drive, but well worth it!"

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Photo, Waitomo, New Zealand
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On a spare day in Auckland we heard about the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and thought that it might be worth the drive. It turns out that it takes a little bit over 2 hours to drive there from Auckland. The drive is very straightforward and the scenery is worth the trip alone. But the Glowworm caves are something else, being from the U.K. I have seen caves with stalagtites and stalagmites before, but have never seen glowworms. When you arrive there are lots of different options and several different caves that you can visit. I would suggest going to the iSite, which is on the way in to find out about all of these options because it's quite bewildering when trying to search on your own. The two ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 19, 2012

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

Auckland City Hotel

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Hotel | "A comfy place to stay in the heart of Auckland"

Auckland City Hotel Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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I stayed in this hotel for one night after a few nights of backpacking around the North Island. I have to say that compared to some of the places that I had recently slept in this hotel was a little slice of luxury in the centre of Auckland. The hotel is quite conveniently located on Hobson Street a short walk away from Queen Street and a bit of a longer walk to the wharf. Check-in was very straightforward and the staff on the reception desk were polite and helpful. My room was on the 8th floor and right opposite the lifts, which on the one hand meant it was easy to lug my bags around and on the other was a little noisy everytime someone used the lift. My room however was massive and very ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 18, 2012

Auckland City Hotel
157 Hobson Street
Auckland, New Zealand
866-539-8117

Auckland Museum (Tamaki Paenga Hira)

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Attraction | "Learn all about these magical islands!"

Auckland Museum (Tamaki Paenga Hira) Photo, Auckland, New Zealand
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I always like to head to a local museum when I visit a new country so that I can find out as much as I can about the history of the area. Auckland was no different and I soon found my way up to the Domain and the hill (known by the Maori as Pukekawa) that is the base for Auckland Museum. The building has Greek style columns at the front that gives it the look of some sort of Greek haven in the city. The full name of the museum is Auckland War Memorial Museum, which as the name suggests, also has the city's War Memorial to all of the soldiers who have lost their lives in the various wars. If you are interested in this side of the museum then you should head up to the top floor and explore the colourful...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 18, 2012

Auckland Museum (Tamaki Paenga Hira)
Auckland Domain
Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand