Hi, we will be arriving from Sydney landing at 17.10 on a Friday evening at the end of October. We are picking up a car at the airport at the start of a 32 night tour of the north island staying mainly at rented bach's at various locations. We intend staying one night in the Auckland area before heading up to Whangerei on Saturday morning. Before our journey north we need to stock up on food, wine, beer and a chilly bin etc. Can anyone suggest a mid-range motel / hotel that is within walking distance of bars & restaurants that also has a suitable supermarket / store nearby for us to stock up at. We would prefer not to stay too close to the airport as choices are limited, a suitable suburb of Auckland would be preferable. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Dear VTers, can you recommend me a decent accommodation in Auckland? I mean, we'll be travelling quite on a bugdet so no Hilton , please. A small guesthouse will be perfect. Or maybe local company or trustworthy website offering this type of accommodation. Thank you in advance for your advice.
Will be travelling to Auckland for a wedding at Waiuku in April. The following is a rough itinerary. Would appreciate any suggestions and tips:
Arriving Auckland on Wednesday 2pm. Staying in Auckland city.
Thursday morning, renting a car from the city and leaving for Waiuku for the wedding. Staying over night in Waiuku.
Friday morning, booked tour at Spellbound caves. Thereafter, driving to Taupo and staying there for the night.
Saturday morning, drive to Rotorau and Agrodome. Drive back to Auckland and staying the night in Auckland.
Sunday morning return rental car. Depart Auckland Sunday night - shuttle to airport.
1) How are the road conditions? Will a normal car do or do I need to rent a 4x4?
2) Driving from Waiuku to Spellbound Caves, is it easy to find?
3) What is the weather like in April? Is it quite chilly in Waiuku and Taupo?
4) Any coffee places along the way?
5) If i have half a day, with no rental car, would you suggest Devonport or Waiheke?
would like to know how do i take transport from Auckland airport to tepuke?
We're a group of friends (12 total) will be traveling to Australia and New Zealand (South Island), then on the way back will spend one day (arriving to Auckland airport at 10:30am) and one night in Auckland. Next morning at 9:30am we will depart back to US. Can anyone please recommend whether we should get a hotel in the airport or in a city center for this night, and what we can do/see during this short visit?
Thank you in advance.
As part of our honeymoon in September we will have one day from 6 am to 9 pm in Auckland.
Please let me know what can we do in Auckland in one day - we want to do city tour in Auckland- and maybe a sailing to see the city from the ship. what exactly to see in Auckland in one day?
What kind of New Zealand food specialities to try?any recommendation for restaurant where NZ food can be tried - which is not that expensive?
I will be in Auckland just for a day and am looking for a large fishing store for ocean fishing.
Can somebody recomend one?
Thanks in advance.
Hello, could anyone tell me the approximate cost of a taxi from wellington international airport to Brittania Street Petone. thank you.
Hi, this weekend I am going to Wellington and spend 2 nights there (booked a $15 Auckland-Welly roundtrip via Manabus). Estimated time of arrival is around 8am - so I have 6 hours to spend around the city before I can finally check in YHA hostel. My places of interest would be:
For my first day I plan to visit Weta cave and Cable Car/Botanic Garden and then maybe have dinner at Cuba Street. Next day I plan to go to Mt. Victoria (free tour from YHA) and then Te papa.
Would love to hear if you have any suggestions on my planned activities!
I have visitors arriving at Auckland International Airport. They have a child, so how do the taxis do that? If they are on the ramp do they have access to child seats? Thanks for any insight.
When was the castle Pamela in Tirau built?
We'll be traveling in NZ in Jan 2015. We would like to do Tongariro Alpine crossing. We are traveling with our kids, 3 years old son and 8 months baby then. Would it be possible to do the hike by carrying them in backpack where they can sit or is it too hard for us?
All advice are appreciated! Thank you!
Does anyone knows if Hamilton is a great place for an exchange student to go? If the city have many choices of places to go out at night with friends?
Thanks a lot!!
We are new to Auckland having moved here a few months ago from Scotland. We have friends visiting 30th Dec with their children under 10, I am struggling for ideas other than have a BBQ and go to the beach for New Year? the Music festivals look great but as far as I can see they don't seem to be kid friendly...camping is tricky as we wouldn't have enough gear to accommodate all of us. Any suggestions ?? thanks in advance !
Kia Ora! Will be traveling for 2 months in NZ this October and the first thing I want to see is the Hobbiton in Mata mata. If say we are driving all the way up there, how long will it take? Is it better to book a hotel somewhere? Do I have to pay fees for entering the place too?
Can somebody please advice on transport options from Mangatepopo to Whakapapa village in the Afternoon in January 2015. I am looking to cut the Northern Circle Hike one day short.
Is there any public transport?
If not - can I schedule a private transport that picks me up around 4/5pm?
Thanks a lot
I am looking to do the Tongariro NC in January 2015 with my girlfriend. Both of us are moderately fit and have hiked before. After looking at various descriptions of the trek, I am not sure how to split it up. We don't want to rush things and are planning on spending 3 days/2 nights on the circuit, but we cannot do 4 days as this does not fit into our itinerary.
So which huts should we book to have the best possible experience (longer distances on the easier parts of the trek, more time in the rough parts and enough time to take pictures/enjoy the most scenic parts?
Thanks a lot in advance!
What is the cost for visiting the Troll Stroll?
What tour buses stop in Tirau?
Hi All. We have recently moved to NZ from the UK and are currently looking at farms around the Whangerei area. Most people we talk to say it is a beautiful place with incredible beaches, friendly people and a relaxed way of life but there are also a couple of negative comments which keep coming up ......... A big drug problem and hostility towards non-locals (especially immigrants!).
I would really appreciate people's honest views and opinions. I fully understand that every town/city has it's problem areas. We have two small boys (4.5 and 3) and I want to keep them safe and away from the problem areas but feel if we aren't accepted by locals and not supported in our work (beef farming) that we will on a plane back to the UK before you can say Tim Tams!
I fell in love with NZ after travelling extensively in 2000 and have visited 4 times since, so we have a good network of friends who are very supportive but they also have heard some negative comments and are concerned we may be choosing the wrong area to settle.
Thank you in advance.
I'll visit AKL next month and I know there are lots of expensive stuff there. I want to know how often do AKL stores (clothes etc) have sales? Every week? Month? Thank you
Hi there back in 2000 i stayed at a place just before Cape Reinga i think it might have been 20mins before cape reinga but i cant find the place we stayed at and i cant remember the hotel / camping place it had a restaurant and little shop on it and we stayed in like a cabin.
please help :)
Is there bus service to Wairere Falls from Matamata?
looking for a last minute place to stay in Tauranga. For two nights near the pier for the cruise ship.e
would appreciate knowing if there are any accommodations near the pier. Is the pier close to downtown
My Fiance and I are taking our honeymoon in Carins, Sydney, Auckland, and then Fiji. We will be at each place for about 4-5 days. Is there any suggestions for must sees or must do's in these areas. Also looking for unique romantic honeymoon type things? When we are in Cairns we are scuba diving the great barrier, and in Auckland we are spelunking with waitomo. Other then that any suggestions would be amazing! We are going in the end of May- June so I understand it will be warm in Cairns and Fiji and chilly in Sydney and Auckland. I would really love to go wine tasting in Auckland but haven't found enough information yet?
How are the insects in mid April ?
Hi, I canot find any contact details for Motel Monterey. I have stayed there a couple of times over the years and found both it's locality and price to be excellent. So, if I cannot book in here, I migh try the Havana Motor Lodge
hello! we'll be on a cruise ship and one of the stops is tauranga.
any recommendations on what to see and do there?
hello! we're taking a new zealand cruise in a couple months and one of the stops is wellington.
we're thinking of visiting the wineries in the Wairarapa area.
is there a tour service that anyone can recommend? I also heard that there is a tour with bicycles.
also, can anyone recommend three or four wineries that has good pinot noir?
any information would be helpful... thanks!