After visiting Coromandel we have booked 4 nights in Rotorua, thinking to visit Taupo from there, return to Rotorua our " homebase" then continue on to the Hawke's Bay area, perhaps around Napier or Wairoa. But now I am re-thinking. Just booking one hotel for 4 nights makes it feel like home, but we would travel to Taupo, return to Rotorua, and then when driving to Hawke's Bay, travel through Taupo again... How much is there to see in and near Taupo, vs, in and near Rotorua ? Should we leave the reservation as it is, or change, and stay one or even 2 nights in Taupo ? This way we don't drive back and forth... Any recommendations?
Hi, What is the best areas/destinations in the Coromandel Pensinsular for a couple of ex kiwis to drive to over Christmas period? Like running, bushwalking and fine cafes, local produce/crafts. Thanks. Joanne
We'll be in Auckland for 2 - 3 nights, and want to see the city sights and visit Waiheke Island. Should we rent a car in Auckland?
Hi I will be in Auckland in Aug for 8 days, wondering if any local who can provide guidance or help out with my trips..please reach out to me..thanks
I plan to visit Auckland New Zealand in February 2017.
1. Is the period of visit is fine or Okay..
2. How many days I may need to see only the v. v. important sight seeing / tourist places in and around Auckland
3. Is there any important attraction near Auckland and how may days it will take.
4. South Island / Christ Church is worth seeing and what is the economic mode mode of transport .
5. Best & economical place to stay in Auckland
Can you pl suggest an interesting terinary of nothern Island
Thank you in advance
My husband and I are travelling to New Zealand (North) from Gold Coast Queensland Australia. We will be driving around in a rental car, stopping in hotels along the way. Have not booked flights yet as not sure whether to fly into Auckland or Wellington first. We would like to stay around 14/15 nights and we would go the end of May/June. So would like some help with an itinerary of where to go, what to see, and how long to stay at each place. Also any reasonable priced rental car companies around. We have travelled the south island a few years ago which was wonderful. Thank you for any help you can give me.
We will be arriving late in the night during the second week of May in Auckland. The next day we intend to do some city sight seeing . We check out on the 3 rd day morning and head towards Paihia.
Which is a good area to stay in Auckland for this short stay? We are looking at mid range stay options like bed and breakfast places. We wish to do the sky walk and perhaps take the ferry to Devenport.
Thank you in advance,
Hi, Im arriving at Auckland airport late Monday afternoon. I'd like to get out to Piha the same night, but not sure how to make it without paying heaps for a shuttle. There's a train out to the Hampton station - but from there I'd need to hitch hike to get out to Piha. My question is, could I trust that I'll easily catch a car around 8pm or would it be too risky and better to pay for a direct shuttle?
We are a family of 4 with two teenage boys. We are travelling from North America to Sydney in July 2016. We arrive at 9am and depart the following morning around the same time. This is our first time in Auckland. Any suggestions on Auckland sites and hotels will be helpful..
My wife and I will be arriving in 3 weeks by cruise ship (8am -6pm). The hop on hop off bus tickets are sold out. What is the best way for us to get around and see the major sights eg TePapa Museum, the waterfront, cable car, Mt Victoria lookout, Cuba St. Any suggestions with the best order and how to get to these places by public transport will be much appreciated.
Hello.... We are 3 Asian girl from Sydney will go to Newzealand on 22 January ~ 31 January it will be our first to visit there so would like to ask if anyone / group that we can joint the itinerary or having adventure together?
As I am quite sensitive: is 2,6 km/1,6miles far enough away from Sulphur Point. In Italy, I wanted to visit the hot sulphur springs of Petriolo , and it choked me already in sight , so I had to turn back.
For visiting the parks I should stuff something in my nose ;)
I want to rent a car for one way from Picton to Dunedin or Queenstown. Anyone know what is best way to do that or is that even feasible?
I'll be staying 2 nights in Wellington before taking ferry to South Island..where I will need car to contine travel. Should I pick up car in Wellington or can I do without one touring in Wellington? Also any suggestions where to stay in Wellington without vehicle and to transport to ferry. thanks
Is the road from Coromandel to Port Jackson suitable for a normal family car?
As I will not be renting a car in Auckland, I thought of getting the AT Hop Day Pass . With this pass, can I use it to take public transport to the airport?
where do the locals in auckland eat, that is reasonable in price
Hello all! I'm moving to Auckland in a few months! Very excited to be back in a beautiful city in a beautiful country. Have done some research for the move but I still have some questions related to administrative matters and would love input from VTers. For context, this won't be my first time living in a place that isn't my home country. In fact, quite the opposite. Been a nomad for a long time so just need to know the specifics for NZ for consideration. Thank you for any help you can offer!
1. Which bank is better to set up a savings account? The most important thing would be customer service and that online banking is available.
2. Which credit cards are best to get/ should I consider getting? There are so many options; I tend to prefer those that help you accumulate miles or those that offer points which can then be converted into miles (no surprises there!)
3. I hear that insulation isn't great in buildings. Other than wearing jackets indoors, any tricks to save on electricity/heating bills?
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.
I need to know must roam places of new zealand and how can I use my bank account there?
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?