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Newbury St, Manukau, Auckland 2023, New Zealand
Saturday morning and this is the place to be to get a true slice of the Pacific. The Otara Flea Markets have rows and rows of fresh fruit, clothing, bric-a-brac and of course food, but it's the Polynesian colour and music that makes it so special....
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23 Tamaki Dr, Orakei, Auckland 1071, New Zealand
Created by a deep sea diver / explorer / adventurer, Kelly Tarlton's is one of Auckland's Top 5 Attractions. As you walk through the underwater glass tunnels you'll see stingrays float effortlessly overhead, sharks swim purposefully and jellyfish...
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Rotorua, New Zealand
Before traveling to Rotorua, everyone will warn you that it smells like rotten eggs. Don't be put off, that's only because of the amazing geothermal features of the area. And the smell comes and goes, too. Sitting on a caldera, Rotorua has...
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Hot Water Beach 3591, New Zealand
While other beaches specialise in the standard characteristics of white sand and clear waters, on the east coast of New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula lays Hot Water Beach, which promises an experience like no other. Due to an underground river of...
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585 Waitomo Caves Rd, Waitomo 3977, New Zealand
Waitomo, on New Zealand’s North Island, is known mostly for its glowworms. This is one of the few places in the world where they exist and millions of visitors descend onto the village every year to walk through the dark caves and see the sparkly...
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126 Broadway, Matamata 3400, New Zealand
Welcome to Middle Earth in the South Pacific, and an ideal stop for traveling fans of the author J.R.R. Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies. Near the rural town of Matamata—itself a destination for its LOTR-inspired...
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Mt. Taranaki, Taranaki 4391, New Zealand
Lesser-known ski fields are often run by clubs and have the benefit of thinner crowds and the opportunity for skiers and boarders to glide and carve where others haven’t. Rainbow Ski Area near Nelson on the South Island is great for boarders and...
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Raglan, New Zealand
If you go to New Zealand, Raglan should be near the top of the list. Even if you've never surfed before, experiencing that culture in Raglan is a blast. I took my first surfing lessons there. The instructors were very kind and patient with us...
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Lake Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
On the shores of New Zealand's largest lake sits the holiday town of Taupo, in the center of the North Island. Popular with vacationers and adventure travelers, there is plenty for everyone. An ancient volcanic crater, nowadays Taupo is a...
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10 Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Rd, Frankton, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand
He knows what he's talking about. Fantastic food and wines at this small-production vintner outside of Queenstown.
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Maunganui Rd, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, New Zealand
On Sunday mornings from 9am-1pm, Mt. Maunganui has a local farmers market within the car park on its main road, Mt. Maunganui rd. You’ll find everything from local produce to fresh juices made on the spot, from decadent Belgium waffles to...
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169 Haven St, Moeraki 9482, New Zealand
Straight from the boat to your plate, it doesn't get any better than this. Fleur Sullivan's fantastic restaurant on the water in tiny Moeraki Village on the coast of North Otago (near Dunedin) is truly a destination restaurant. Plan your trip...
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1, 53 Courtenay Pl, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
My go-to spot for after-work drinks is the Library in Wellington, and no, not the public library. Right on Courteney Place, there is a nondescript sign reading "The Library" in front of a simple doorway with several staircases. If you know what to...
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10 Queen St, Auckland 0920, New Zealand
For the most creative cuisine in New Zealand, head to the Matakana Coast, one hour northeastof Auckland. This laid-back area is home to artisan food shops and more than 32 vineyards that produce Bordeaux-style varietals such as malbec, merlot, and...
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Milford Track, Fiordland National Park 9679, New Zealand
Steve from Trips and Tramps makes a great tour guide through the Milford Track. The guided half-day hike, an easy seven miles on a well-groomed trail, was just a tease—given the time, the full four-day, 33-mile track would be well worth it. We...
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Manawatu-Wanganui 4691, New Zealand
In good conditions, the Tongariro Crossing can take anywhere from about 5 hours if you’re really hoofing it, to 8 hours if you meander and stop to breathe on the tricky ascents and descents. Budget more time if you want to summit additional peaks...
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Cape Palliser 5772, New Zealand
Driving around the southern roads in the North Island often lulls you into believing that this pocket of New Zealand is mostly rural farmland with more sheep than you could ever imagine. Once leaving the comfort of the Wairarapa wine region, it...
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Maungapohatu 3079, New Zealand
There's no doubt that outdoor enthusiasts visiting New Zealand will want to spend most of their time on the South Island. The mountains are bigger, the landscape is more dramatic, and there don't seem to be any people around to bother you. But...
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153 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa, Auckland 1081, New Zealand
It seems like Vino Vino has been around for ages, but despite all the new competition it continues to hold its head high with what I consider the best views in Oneroa. the food is as sensational as ever - big juicy scallops as entrees,...
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Unit 3 a, Matiatia wharf, Matiatia, 6 Oceanview Rd, Waiheke Island, Auckland 1081, New Zealand
We originally planned to rent bikes to visit the wineries on Waiheke Island, but due to the threat of rain, we decided to rent a car. Unexpectedly, we ended up with a roadster with bat-wing doors (felt like it would break down at any minute, but...
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Oneroa, Auckland, New Zealand
Only 35 minutes away from Auckland City by ferry, Mudbrick Restaurant is one of the gems of Waiheke Island. A short taxi ride from Matiatia Wharf and you're there - trying to decide whether you should be looking at the view or the menu. A...
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20 Sea View Rd, Ostend, Waiheke Island 1081, New Zealand
Waiheke Island is carved with numerous scalloped coves along the leafy mountain coastline about 45 minutes from Auckland. It’s both the weekend retreat for New Zealand’s upper crusts and full time home for eclectic middle-age men and women who...
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46 Valerie Cl, Warkworth 0983, New Zealand
The first time I went to Ransom Wines, it was for a bachelor weekend, and it would have to be the most civilised meal I've ever had with a bunch of men. Very fine wine, great platters, relaxing views and helpful service meant that this bunch of...
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725 Man O'war Bay Rd, Waiheke Island, Auckland 1971, New Zealand
In a bay discovered over 200 years ago by explorer Captain James Cook (the first white man to set foot in New Zealand), lies a vineyard dedicated to fine wine and good food. Man O' War vineyard is on the "other" side of Waiheke island, a drive...
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152 Trig Hill Rd, Waiheke Island, Auckland 1081, New Zealand
Peacock Sky is an unhidden gem - a special vineyard in plain sight that is slightly off the beaten track. With a sun-drenched position overseeing a valley, European-inspired eating spaces, three different areas to have curated wine and food...
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218 Te Whau Dr, Waiheke Island, Auckland 1971, New Zealand
Out of all the vineyards in Auckland this is one of my favourites. It's not just because of its stunning location and awe-inspiring views, and not just because of the amazing service and extensive, extensive wine collection, it's not just because...
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376 Karangahape Rd, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Coco’s is like our second living room. My staff and I come here in part because the scene and the rustic, Italian-inspired food are so good, but also because everyone is a friend. 376 Karangahape Rd., 64/(0) 9-300-7582. This appeared in the...
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315 Queen St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
24 different sakes on offer means that Kura Japanese Restaurant can turn into a loud, funny place and that's what we love about it. It also helps that it's conveniently located just metres away from Auckland's live comedy venue, The Classic. The...
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124 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa, Auckland 1081, New Zealand
A favourite with Waihekians, The Oyster Inn has already made an impression despite being relatively young. The islanders love the laid-back atmosphere, and even if you're coming from 'town' - like me - you'll be given a cheery welcome before you...
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90 Federal St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
The hardest thing about dining at Masu is deciding which of the three kitchens you'd like to choose from. Do what we did - some palate cleansers from the Sushi Bar in front of you, followed by a few shared plates from the Kitchen (recommendation:...
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3, Maritime Building 130 Quay St, Auckland, 1140, New Zealand
Ostro, the Italian word for ‘a southerly wind’, is the latest creation of Executive Chef Josh Emett, a Michelin-star winning chef and MasterChef judge who has worked in London, New York and LA. Located in the trendy Britomart precinct the...
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8-14 Madden St, Auckland, Wynyard Quarter 1010, New Zealand
First developed when the city hosted the Rugby World Cup in 2011, the harborside Wynyard Quarter has quickly become a favorite destination for Aucklanders. Restaurants, cafés, and bars are especially popular on weekends—standouts...