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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.
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®, 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.
Situated on New Zealand's South Island, the "Garden City" of Christchurch is a magnificent hub for exploring the best of the country. Travel north reveals thermal pools, vineyards, and ocean wildlife. Journey west by train over the Southern Alps to discover rainforest and glaciers. Discover the high country to the south with its crowning glory: Mount Cook, New Zealand's tallest mountain. In town, the city'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, Deans Cottage and Riccarton House & Bush heritage sites, and stunning Lyttelton Harbour, formed from a series of ancient volcanic eruptions that created a caldera.
Set against a magnificent harbor, Dunedin is regarded as the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian city in the Southern Hemisphere. On the Otago Peninsula, its rugged rock outcrops, sandy beaches, and tree-clad hills are home to New Zealand sea lions, New Zealand fur seals, the rare yellow-eyed penguin, and royal northern albatross. Dunedin claims New Zealand's oldest university and the steepest street in the world. Popular attractions include the Dunedin Railway Station, the most photographed building in New Zealand, the perfectly proportioned gothic First Church, and Larnach Castle, the only castle in New Zealand.
A remnant from the Ice Age, New Zealand's Franz Josef Glacier is one of the country's most incredible natural attractions. Activities include flightseeing over the glacier, guided valley walks, ice climbing, heli-hiking, whitewater rafting on Class IV and V rapids, horseback riding, gold panning, ATV tours, relaxing in hot springs fed by pure glacier water, boating and kayaking, tours of kiwi habitat in Westland National Park, and more. Meanwhile, the quaint Franz Josef Village area is a friendly hub of restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and modern amenities.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Franz Josef Glacier, 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 Franz Josef Glacier and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Franz Josef Glacier insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Franz Josef's newest attraction, the Glacier Hot Pools, features three invitingly warm main pools and three private hot pools secluded in native bush, fed with pure local glacier water.
Okarito Kiwi Tours is the only tourism venture on the South Island that guides you, in low numbers, deep into kiwi habitat. They explain the Maori myths and legends that surround the story as to how a kiwi became a ground dwelling bird and have 85% sighting success ratio.
Okarito Nature Tours offers kayaking on Okarito Lagoon, New Zealand's largest unmodified coastal wetland and home to a large variety of birdlife including the white heron. Marvel at the excellent views of Mount Cook and the Southern Alps. Kayak through the Okarito river delta and paddle deep into the heart of the rainforest.
Located in the middle of Franz Josef Glacier, on the main highway, you can’t miss it! The food is made from fresh, tasty ingredients. The whitebait patties are a must try!
Greymouth is the largest town on New Zealand's West Coast, yet it still has less than 10,000 residents. Its population grew during its gold mining and coal history, but since those industries have declined, forestry and fishing have become dominant. The local brewery-Monteith's Brewing Company-has been producing beer since 1868 when the gold rush brought 30,000 seekers to the rugged West Coast. Today, the gold rush is over, but the brewery remains a popular destination offering tours and tasting. Other activities include sea fishing, gold panning, white-water rafting, and more. Visitors can also enjoy seeking out jade carvings at the local galleries.
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.
With unique landscapes, stunning Art Deco and Spanish Mission architecture, and a rich cultural heritage-including Maori sacred sites-Napier is best known as home to New Zealand's oldest wineries. Its splendid sunshine, temperate climate, and refreshing sea breezes make Napier ideal for grape growing, as evident by its more than 70 wineries. Situated south of Hawke's Bay on the eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island, palm trees line the streets of Napier, while parks, gardens, and memorials give the water's edge its distinct character.
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From a state of the art interactive wine tasting adventure, to the school of wine, wine museum and specialist wine shop - it's simply a wine lover's haven! Located in Napier's iconic AMP Building is the ultimate wine experience in New Zealand.
For a truly exciting and informative underwater adventure, travel under the Oceanarium on the moving walkway and view many marine wonders gliding by.
Start on Marine Parade at the information center, located next to the park. Stroll through the streets of downtown Napier using the ART DECO WALK booklet. The walk takes a leisurely one and a half to two hours; you will see such a variety of buildings in the styles of the 1930s - Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission, and above all Art Deco, the style of the 20th Century.
Cape Kidnappers is an extraordinary sandstone headland to the east of Hastings, and is one of the largest and most accessible of mainland gannet colonies.
Located in the top corner of New Zealand's South Island, Nelson sits in the sunniest region in New Zealand. From long golden beaches to unspoiled forests and from turquoise, crystal-clear waters to snowy mountains, Nelson offers a wide array of geographic highlights, including three spectacular national parks. Artists are drawn here, and it is known as the creative arts capital of New Zealand, as demonstrated through its 350 arts & crafts studios and galleries. It has 25 wineries producing award-winning wines, and it has the most craft breweries per capita in New Zealand.
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.
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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.
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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.
A year-round resort town set against the stunning backdrop of Mount Aspiring National Park and the crystal-clear waters of Lake Wanaka and local rivers, Wanaka is host to some of New Zealand's best outdoor recreation. Breathtaking alpine views and fresh mountain air await visitors, who can hike, mountain bike, ski, kayak, raft, go paragliding, snowboard, and much more. For those less interested in outdoor adventures, Wanaka offers many unique attractions, including Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World, with illusions, holograms, and the world's first modern-style maze, and The Transport and Toy Museum, with interactive toy displays.
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-diners could literally eat somewhere different every day for over a year!
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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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