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Auckland's enviable seaside location has truly led its residents into a love affair with the water. The "City of Sails" sprawls over a narrow isthmus, with rainforest covering the surrounding hills, a field of nearly 50 dormant volcanoes dotting the landscape, and a population melting pot of European, South Pacific, Asian, and indigenous Maori cultures. The result is a tantalizing assortment of unique dining and shopping experiences.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host
®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Auckland, New Zealand. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Auckland and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Auckland insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting memories on your New Zealand vacation.
Voyager Maritime Museum is a place of stories, ambition, courage, exploration and amazing journeys. Discover how the nation’s relationship with the sea has shaped the New Zealand identity; from stories of the Polynesian people’s epic migration to Aotearoa, to early European exploration then settlement and modern-day yachting successes.
Take a ferry from downtown Auckland direct to Devonport or drive over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The historic seaside village of Devonport has a charming and relaxed atmosphere. Stroll around the village at your leisure and visit some of its attractions including the many art galleries, historic points of interest and lookouts. Galleries are scattered throughout the village with a range of art by specialists in glass, ceramics, painting, sculpture and jewelry. Take a break at one of the many cafes or indulge at the renowned Devonport Chocolates.
Auckland's historic market has many shops to browse around, and a New Zealand Walk of Fame. Walk across to the nearby Victoria Park, where you may catch some locals engaged in a game of cricket.
Admire the expansive city and harbor views as you climb over (and under) Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Beautifully situated in the Domain and occupying one of Auckland’s finest heritage buildings, the Auckland War Memorial Museum is a key destination for those wishing to experience New Zealand’s cultural and spiritual history. Exciting stories of the Pacific, the people, and the flora, fauna and landforms of New Zealand’s unique islands are told within a memorial dedicated to those who have sacrificed their lives for New Zealand. The Museum is home to a valuable collection of Maori taonga (treasures) and the daily cultural performances provide a warm, vibrant and entertaining glimpse into Maori culture through song and dance. The cultural experience includes the opportunity to meet, talk and take photos with the performers.
Visit the trendy suburb of Ponsonby and enjoy delicious cuisine, superb lattes or cocktails if more to your taste! For the younger travelers, this is a popular place for nightlife.
This is the perfect spot to take a leisurely stroll and watch the activity in and around the harbor. After you admire the super yachts and launches in the water there are many bars to choose from where you enjoy the views while sipping on fine, local wine.
Born as a gold mining camp in the 1860s, Queenstown is surrounded by towering mountains and nestled against a charming bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Today, the city has evolved into the "Adventure Capital of the World," where adrenaline junkies can skydive, hike, climb, canyon swing, whitewater raft, heli-ski, mountain bike, bungee jump, jet boat, river surf…the possibilities are exhausting. Queenstown's natural beauty, intense energy, excellent shopping, and lively café/bar scene make it a popular destination, with must-see attractions that include Fijordland National Park, a cruise on stunning Milford Sound, a tour of filming sites from the Lord of the Rings trilogy; a gondola ride up Bob's Peak; and wine tastings of the area's excellent pinot noir.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Queenstown, New Zealand. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Queenstown and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Queenstown insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
With the smoothest pinot noir, chardonnay, Riesling, pinot gris, and merlot, you won’t find anything difficult about sampling the vintages at this winery.
This hard-to-find bar has no sign and doesn’t advertise, which makes it the most popular bar for locals in Queenstown. If you can find it, join the patrons at this obscure hot spot on Cow Lane.
For an intimate lunch or cocktail after dinner, head to this bar in Elchardt’s Private Hotel. With only five tables, it’s a cozy spot to reflect upon your Queenstown experience.
Queenstown has an excellent selection of sheepskin and wool products. The Bonz Gallery features original designs—everything from sweaters to jackets—in 100% merino wool.
If you never want to forget the beauty of Milford Sound or Fiordland National Park, visit this gallery and take home one of the artist’s magnificent oil paintings depicting New Zealand’s landscapes.
Skiers around the world head to Queenstown from early June to early October to ski. Rent a pair of skis and join them on the slopes of Coronet Peak.
Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the world. If you’re feeling a little sore from your active pursuits here, visit this spa and request the flotation-enhanced massage.
As the thermal wonderland of New Zealand, Rotorua has attracted visitors for over a century. Built on a geothermal hot spot, the area is a patchwork of natural vents, hot pools, and four volcanic calderas, which now contain lakes. Popular sight and activities include fishing and watersports, golf among the mud pool hazards at Rotorua's public golf course, strolling through the geothermal areas and Maori cultural displays at iconic Te Puia, and visiting Rainbow Springs Nature Park or the Agrodome with its fascinating sheep show and exhibits describing rural life in New Zealand. Other must-try experiences: shopping for Maori arts and crafts, and participating in a traditional Maori feast, the Hangi, an earthen oven technique that results in foods with a distinctive smoky flavor.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Rotorua, New Zealand. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Rotorua and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Rotorua insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting memories on your New Zealand vacation.
This unique thermal park features the only hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. The on-site spa specializes in traditional Maori massage (Mirimiri) and mud baths.
Located just five minutes from downtown Rotorua, this pristine forest is highlighted by a grove of Californian Redwoods. Rent a bike and ride on one of the many world-class trails, take a hike, or trek through the forest on horseback.
Discover the great stories of the Rotorua region through innovative exhibitions and cinema experiences. Learn about the rich culture, volatile landscape and legendary figures that have shaped this fascinating region.
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