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Mitimiti is as raw West Coast as it gets, a solitude I haven't discovered anywhere else in Northland and unspoiled by commercialism. My dad was born there and loves the place -- after going there for the first time I understand his reasons!
We were lucky and had great weather the whole time we were in Te Anau and Milford Sound. We were able to see the mountains, and it was something very special to be in the Tasman Sea looking back at the west coast of New Zealand. If you can stay overnight in Milford Sound, do it. I felt like we didn't have enough time …
Napier is a really cute place to stay for a few days! There is loads to do including the spa (which is so cheap), the aquarium and mini-golf! There also seems to be a lot of dance classes happening - salsa was really fun. Pubs are good, but not really a clubby place! Had a really good time here!
I've been kayaking with Golden Bay Kayaks in Abel Tasman and although it was cheaper than the other kayaking companies it was beautiful and exciting. Even though I was beginner at kayaking, I could see a lot of great views within a half day. Awesome place for swimming and remote beaches. Friendly company stuffs. Love …
Motueka is a great place. Looks on the map like a small place to pass through on the way to Abel Tasman, but there's a lot to do there and for staying for a while there can't be many better towns in New Zealand. Small but with the facilities and nightlife of a much larger town, extremely friendly and welcoming locals, …
Waitomo is a very small town situated in the country. The main attraction is the glow worms, but there are other things to see and do. Ppart from a few local pubs and restuarants, there is not much happening in the area of nightlife. But if you want to relax in a natural environment this is a great place that is very …
I spent 6 weeks working in Glenorchy, and it was the highlight of my 6 month stay in New Zealand. I went jet boating with Dart River Safaris, and that was spectacular. I highly suggest a visit.
Really loved the place. Agrodome, Pig and Whistle Pub, and Hells Gate are all musts while in Rotorua.
Methven is a small but beautiful country and ski town. It is situated between beautiful mountains and green fields. The overall atmosphere is friendly (although we didn't see many people). It is not a busy town with nightlife and lots of bars. It has a country feel to it, so if you want to get away from busy and big …
Roxburgh is a nice town with friendly people. It's very far from the next city Alexandra (40 kms).
I did the day hike at Tongariro National Park. It was absolutely amazing - sooo beautiful! Bring lots of water and food. It's a small town.
Paihia is in the bay of islands and is a warm coastal town. The bay has 144 islands and is beautiful.
Dunedin is a great city, full of atmosphere and interesting corners. Don't miss the Otago Museum and especially the Royal Albatross Center.
Queenstown is definitely a party town - there's a lot of fun to be had here so make sure you pop in.
Kaikoura is a beautiful place, the mountains, the sea, the dolphins, the whales - wicked!
A cute little place on the North Island of New Zealand, Coromandel is nothing more than a tourist town with a tiny supermarket that has all the basic products you need, and little tourist shops with nothing more than fishing gear and other water equipments. There is an ATM, and even a local bar, which is not much of a …
Fox Glacier is one of the spots that you cannot miss in New Zealand. It's an amazing place that combines in such a small area totally different landscapes -- who would think it is possible for one place to have a rainforest, glacier, beach, and mountains all at the same time? This is also why this little town is …
Ohakune is the capital of the carrot in New Zealand, and you can have your own photo with the giant carrot at the entrance of the town. The main reasons to stop and stay in Ohakune are the ski fields on Mount Ruapehu in winter, and/or exploring the Tongariro National Park the rest of the year. For the winter time, …
Queenstown is a very well known backpacker destination in the south island of New Zealand. Which is why there are so many hostels in Queenstown. It's based in an area called Queenstown Bay, and has amazing views of the surrounding mountains and scenery that makes the southern island of New Zealand so famous. In the …
New Plymouth is just a few hours drive north of Wellington between the ocean and Mount Taranaki. For hikes and driving along the ocean it is a nice place to be. There are several New Plymouth hostels providing places to stay. You can get a map from the information center with a few places of interests to drive to, …