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Visiting New Zealand

Both of New Zealand’s halves overflow with outdoor extremes. On the North Island, Rotorua’s volcanic landscape is a mystical backdrop for Maori culture, and Auckland lives up to its watery nickname, the City of Sails. On the South Island, the Southern Alps mountain range peaks at ski-hub Queenstown. Both of New Zealand’s halves overflow with outdoor extremes. On the North Island, Rotorua’s volcanic landscape is a mystical backdrop for Maori culture, and Auckland lives up to its watery nickname, the City of Sails. On the South Island, the Southern Alps mountain range peaks at ski-hub Queenstown.    Close

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Batley - Nothing like home

Written by auskiwi on 06 May, 2013

Not far from the small country town of Maungaturoto, about 1 ½ hours north of Auckland, Batley is a quiet rural location on the banks of the Otamatea River, on the northern side of the Kaipara Harbour. The Kaipara Harbour is a vast expanse of…Read More


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Entry 1 - Paihia, The Bay of Islands

Written by auskiwi on 06 May, 2013

While we were in the Bay of Islands we based ourselves in Paihia which was a great choice. While it isn’t really as interesting historically as say Russell, Waitangi and Keri Keri – don’t get me wrong there is still plenty of history here it’s…Read More


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Entry 2 - Waitangi, The Bay of Islands

Written by auskiwi on 06 May, 2013

What trip to the Bay of Islands would be complete without a visit to Waitangi? Obviously not ours because we went. Unfortunately we forgot to take our New Zealand passports along – New Zealanders can get in free but visitors from other countries must pay…Read More


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Entry 3 - Russell, The Bay of Islands

Written by auskiwi on 06 May, 2013

On our second day in the Bay of Islands we drove around to Opua and took the car ferry across to Okiato and Russell. The ferry may cost $12 ($10 per car and driver and $2 per passenger) each way but it is definitely much…Read More


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Entry 4 - Keri Keri, The Bay of Islands

Written by auskiwi on 06 May, 2013

On our third day in the beautiful Bay of Islands we decided to drive to the historic Keri Keri Basin, about a ¾ hour drive up the coast from Paihia. Keri Keri is quite a large township with many interesting shops along the road coming…Read More


Food, wine and song

Written by jessparkin on 21 Mar, 2012

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…Read More


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Eating New Zealand

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 17 Mar, 2012

Although Maori have their own culinary tradition (of which we had no chance to try as we visited southern parts of the South Island), the food that is eaten by the Kiwis of European origins appeared to be along the lines of traditional English food.…Read More


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Best of NZ

Written by rajkumar_m on 30 Sep, 2011

At times, the least expected takes you off guarded. Queenstown is one of them. Queenstown is beautiful, vibrant and lively. I may even call that’s a best place to settle down after retirement. Its that beautiful. Queenstown is dramatic by looks and dreamy to feel.…Read More


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How to find self catering accommodation in NZ

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 15 Feb, 2011

Finding self catering accommodation in New Zealand is extremely easy. New Zealand is full of specifically those types of accommodation that are either fully self catering or offer self catering options. Kiwis like holidaying, like travel in their own country and like the freedom of…Read More


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Queenstown to Clyde via Arrowtown

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 13 Jan, 2011

We leave Queenstown on a morning of my fortieth birthday, and head for Clyde, a small ex-mining village in Central Otago, about 60 miles away. Our plan is to take a day getting there (as it's going to be undoubtedly scenic, as everything is in…Read More


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