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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.
I'm Sharron and I've been involved in tourism since 1990. I strive to ensure that visitors experience the major tourist activities in each destination along with some of the "off the beaten track" highlights. My extensive knowledge of the country and friendly approach means that visitors to New Zealand always take home fond, long-lasting memories.
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.
Christchurch, with its lush parks and well-kept residential gardens, is fondly known as "The Garden City." It's main feature is the winding, willow-lined Avon River, while other attractions include the historic Mona Vale homestead, the Botanic Gardens with one of the finest collections of exotic and native plants in New Zealand, and the Riccarton House and Bush heritage sites. Nearby is the charming village of Akaroa, a former French and British settlement where native wildlife call its harbor home. These waters, surrounded by volcanic cliffs, feature stunning scenery and are home to fur seals, the rare Hector's dolphin, and the white-flippered blue penguin, the smallest penguin in the world. Don't miss the city's most entertaining street performers at the re:START village project, a shopping district that houses retailers in unique designed shipping containers.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Christchurch, 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 Christchurch and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Christchurch insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Hi, I'm Pauline, and I love that my job allows me to meet so many wonderful people and show them around this beautiful part of the world. I look forward to meeting you and helping you make the most of your stay here.
For incredible views of the Canterbury Plains, Southern Alps, Pegasus Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and the Kaikoura Ranges, take a ride on the Christchurch Gondola.
Introduce yourself to the English-influenced town of Christchurch by scaling 133 steps to the tower of the famous Gothic Revival Church. Sweeping views of the square and surrounding city await you at the top.
Hit Sumner Beach for swimming, surfing, and fun in the sand, a bus ride of about 40min from city. There are plenty of cafes and stores on The Esplanade and in nearby Sumner village.
Sightseeing requires energy, and you can get loads of it at the warm and cozy Honey Pot Café. Stop here for the giant “Full Breakky” breakfast and fuel up for the day.
If you don’t venture to Sumner for the beach, go for the smoked chicken and brie pizza at this local haunt. You won’t regret it!
Once the site of Canterbury University College, the Arts Centre offers fantastic gothic architecture as well as unusual leather, wool, and wooden arts and crafts—an excellent spot for souvenir shopping.
Head to this store in the Arts Centre for a great selection of ethically-made luxury garments. Then enjoy an organic lunch in the shop’s Native Garden Café.
There are many wineries in the Christchurch area, but this picturesque vineyard is a must. You can tour the cellar, visit the tasting room, and even arrange for a tasting with the winemaker.
The Avon River flows through the city of Christchurch, and you can float through this charming city as well. Relax on the velvet cushions of your boat as an Edwardian punter propels you through the prettiest stretches of Christchurch.
Watching the punters float by is as peaceful as being on a boat yourself. Before making your way to the banks of the Avon, head to this gourmet take-out shop for a grand selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts to create a fantastic picnic.
Home of the highest mountains and largest glaciers, Mount Cook National Park is New Zealand's greatest alpine park-home to 19 peaks over 9,800 feet, including dazzling Mount Cook at an altitude over 12,300 feet. The alpine panoramas are incredible here, and many hikes pass within touching distance of the glaciers. Popular activities include a stop at the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center to learn about the history and culture of the region, as well as 4-wheel-drive safaris, boating on glacier lakes, horseback riding, fishing, and flightseeing with snow landings. Nature walks also reveal over 300 species of alpine plants, 40 species of birds, and a wide variety of animals, including the jeweled gecko, red deer, wild goats, and large dragonflies.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Mount Cook, 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 Mount Cook and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Mount Cook insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Up to 3km wide in places, and 29km long, the glacier is one of the longest in the world. Ski planes land on the glacier, allowing visitors to explore.
Established walks include the 10min Bowen Track, the 15min Glencoe walk and nature trails to Kea Point (2.5hr return) and Governors Bush (1hr).
A tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary, humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world’s greatest explorers, the centre showcases the Aoraki Mount Cook region, its people and its place in the universe.
This 2 hour tour gives you access onto the private land the location was filmed at. Inside stories on what it was like to be an orc and rider on location with replica swords, masks and flags for that extra special video or photo for your album. Not just for Lord of the rings fans as anyone with an interest in movie making will enjoy this.
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 or Doubtful 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.
Welcome to New Zealand. I'm Judy, and I look forward to showing you everything I love about this great country. With over 19 years of experience in the travel industry, I'm passionate about New Zealand and excited to share my intimate knowledge of the history, culture and attractions of the country. I want to make sure your visit is not only enjoyable but also informative.
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.
The Onsen Hot Pools experience is all about unwinding and soaking-up Queenstown's spectacular scenery. Immerse yourself in the views, the pure waters, and the fresh mountain air, as your mind and body surrenders to the deep penetrating warmth and gentle massage of their private pools.
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.
Capital of New Zealand, Wellington is surrounded by rolling hills, a rocky coastline, and a positively electric atmosphere. A pedestrian city, it's relatively easy to sample all that Wellington has to offer: top-notch performing arts like the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Royal New Zealand Ballet Company, Wellington City Opera, and several professional theaters; Te Papa, the fascinating National Museum of New Zealand; a gorgeous harbor; and a renowned nightlife. Other highlights include the Parliament Buildings; Old St. Paul's Cathedral; and more eateries per capita than New York City-you could literally eat somewhere different every day for over a year!
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Wellington, 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 Wellington and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Wellington insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Te Papa is New Zealand’s national museum, renowned for being bicultural, scholarly, innovative, and fun. Collections span five areas: Art, History, Pacific, Maori, and Natural Environment.
This icon runs from Lambton Quay through the leafy suburb of Kelburn and up to the Botanic Garden. There are spectacular views of the harbor and city from the top of the terminus, and you can take a stroll through the city's award-winning Botanic Gardens.
Old St Paul's is a fine example of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture adapted to colonial conditions and material.
Keep an eye out for sculptures hiding below seawalls or twisting and turning in the wind, sculptures pop up everywhere around you when wandering through the city.
Wellington’s known as the culinary capital, famous for our tucked-away bars (with award-winning bartenders), quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants, curly fries and really good coffee. Just head to Courtenay Place or Cuba Street to immerse yourself in the delights.
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