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New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Parituhu Bed and Breakfast,

Auckland, North Island vacations, travel tours in New Zealand

 Wow! Spotless, discreet yet attentive - our best NZ experience
... to stay at Parituhu over Christmas 2005 as ... great way to start the day. We enjoyed a

Christmas Day swim 300 metres from the Bungalow and also spent time relaxing on their ...

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Foley Towers,

Christchurch, South Island vacations, travel tours in New Zealand

 How we enjoyed Chrismas at Foley Towers
... ten days around and including Christmas at Foley Towers. We found the personnel to be most friendly

and helpful. Our accommodations were reasonable in price, en suite included. For Christmas Day,...

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Hermitage Hotel,

South Island vacations, travel tours in NewZealand

 Marvelous View, shame about the hotel restaurant/lounge area
Arrived here on Christmas Day. WE stayed at ... meals I had in New Zealand - very poor selection.

Also the people booked into the Panorama Restaurant had to go through the buffet styled ...

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Mercure Resort Queenstown,

Queenstown, South Island vacations, travel tours in New Zealand

 Great base
Arriving on christmas day we were a bit unsure what to expect. On arrival the

check in was very quick and we were pleased to see that the resort seemed very clean ...

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Heritage Auckland,

Auckland, North Island vacations, travel tours in NewZealand

 Loved the Heritage Auckland
... everything was getting quiet for Christmas (I think ... a few days later on Christmas Day.

We happened to mention that we might be interested in trying to have dinner at the hotel ...

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Scenic Circle Te Pania Hotel,

Napier, North Island vacations, travel tours in Neu Zealand

 Good base for Hawkes Bay touring
... Te Pania over Xmas New year whilst visiting ... road are heated and great

year round so pack your swimsuit. In all would recommend but get a room at least on level 3 ...

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Langdon House,

Christchurch, South Island vactions, travel tours in New Zeland

 Loved Langdon House
... on our arrival on New Year's Day 2006. What a great start to our month in

New Zealand. The hosts John and Annie have worked very hard to gain their 5 stars ...

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Langdon House,

Christchurch, South Island vacations, travel tours in NewZealand

 Loved Langdon Lodge
... arrival in Christ church on New Year's Day 2006. What a start we had to our month in NZ.

Accommodation was outstanding, food just delicious - home made, home grown, home baked...

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Copthorne Hotel,

Christchurch, South Island vactions, travel tours in New Zealnd

 Good value stay
... the most central of the Christchurch Hotls, is absolutely fine and you are only a

short walk away from the bars and restaurants in the centre of the town. Service was friendly ...

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Holiday Inn City Centre Christ church,

Christchurch, South Island vacations, travel tours in NewZealand

 Brick Wall view
... two nights at Holiday Inn Christchurch. Our Executive ... so consider poor value considering prices

of other similiar Hotes in Christchurch. Perhaps all the bus tour parties get better rooms at better rates

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Millennium - Christ church,

Christchurch, South Island vacations, travel tours in New Zealnd

 central location
Of hotels in Christ church I think this one ... Cathedral Square, the centre of Christchurch.

Walking distance ... NZ every year, if you are wondering why I stay in Hotes in my home town

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of The Poplars,

Christchurch, South Island vacations, travel tours in NewZealand

 Poplars Apartment hotel in Christchurch - great
Great 2 bed 2 bathroom apartment with full kitchen etc. Great loaction as easy walking distance

of city centre but not toonoisy. Very well equipped and maintained and reasonable at $195 NZD ...

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Rydges Auckland,

Aucland, North Island vactions, travel tours in New Zeland

 Dreary, average Hotl
... next morning was told it was not! My advice is avoid this place - I'm sure there are better,

more organised Hotes in Auckland staffed by people who treat paying customers with respect.

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Peace and Plenty Inn,

Auckland, North Island vacations, travel tours in New Zealnd

 Peace & Plenty Inn is one of New Zealands "Must visit" attractions.
... to stay out of 53 hotels and B ... for trip planning. (Some other Hotes

in NZ charge up to $30 per day!) - When things go wrong, Judy takes direct personal interest in ...

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of InterContinental Wellington

Wellington, North Island vacations, travel tours in Neu Zealand

 Pleasant Stay
... I have stayed at most of the so called 5 star hotels in Aucland and

so far this has been the best overall. Only the Duxton has better views from its rooms.

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of InterContinental Welington,

Wellington, North Island vacations, travel tours in NewZealand

 The place to stay in Wellington
... I have stayed at most hotels in Welington, but by choice I would always come back to the

Intercontinental. The location downtown is excellent. Many rooms have great views over the harbour..

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Kingsgate Hote Palmerston North,

Palmerston North, North Island vactions, travel tours in NewZealand

 Had to leave
... are quite a few nice Hotls in Palmerston North. Unfortunately the Kingsgate is not one

of them! We were booked in here by a company based in Wellington for a conference. We ...

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Corstorphine House,

Dunedin, South Island vacations, travel tours in New Zealnd

 Great place, beautiful location
... of Dunedin, so we took taxis into town (personally I find Dunedin

a tough town to drive in). But I don't think any of the Hotes in town can compare to it.

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Copthorne Christ church Central,

Christchurch, South Island vacations, travel tours in New Zeland

 Great location, friendly efficient reception staff - pity about the Barman
... was one of the few hotels in NZ where it seemed to be a given that we

would be helped with our luggage and be shown to our room. The only unfortunate ...

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of McLean Park Lodge Motel,

Napier, North Island vactions, travel tours in NewZealand

 Basic Motel out of the centre
... tray (cold breakfasts the night before and cooked breakfasts in the morning). Bread had

to be toasted. To sum up - adequate for a one night but there are better Hotes in Napier.

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Mercure Resort Queenstown,

Queenstown, South Island vacations, travel tours in New Zealnd

 Avoid at all costs
... barely lasted one and moved the next morning to the Mercure St. Moritz. A word to the wise.

There are two Mercure-owned hotels in Queens town. Avoid this one at all costs.

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Nugget Point Resort,

Queenstown, South Island vacations, travel tours in NewZealand

 A real nugget of a Hote
... we stayed at 17 different hotels and normally preferring the bigger Hotes it meant ...

had encountered some pretty dreadful hotels in NZ and had just left one such place in Franz Josef. ...

 

New Zealand Traveler Reviews of Cambridge Hote,

Wellington, North Island vactions, travel tours in Neu Zealand

 Good Bang for the Buck
... a room that isn't affected by the bar noise, if possible. This place isn't as flashy

as the other hostels or hotels in Welington, but it is cozy, friendly and laid back.

 

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Discover the Real New Zealand

By: Greg Scowen, Wed Aug 30th, 2006

One of the major attractions of visiting New Zealand is the possibility of losing yourself in its rugged and

wild countryside. The desire to be alone and at one with nature frequently leads Neu Zealand tourists

to buy travel guides in hopes of finding advice on getting off the beaten track . To get off the beaten

track, however, you need to throw away your travel guide and discover the real New Zeland.

Where is the real NewZealand?

You certainly don t find the real New Zealnd by buying a travel guide that thousands of other tourists

already own. If you do that, you will end up on a supposed unbeaten track with hundreds of other bulk

produced tourist guide readers. The real New Zealand is not a tangible location, it is not a hidden village

in the mountains or by the sea, it is not a beach, nor a farm, nor a quiet city corner. You will find the real

NewZealand in the people of the land and their rich culture. Discover the real New Zealnd by fishing

with a Maori (an indigenous NewZealander), or shearing sheep with a Pakeha (a European White New

Zealander), or singing karaoke with one of the countries broad range of immigrants. While they come in

a variety of shapes, colours, and sizes, all New Zealanders are proud to communally call themselves

Kiwis . It is through the eyes of these Kiwis that you will discover the real NewZealand!

How do you find the real New Zealnd?

Just ask. I am serious, all you need to do is ask. NewZealanders are known worldwide for their friendly

and open personality. It isn t just a rumour; the further into New Zeland you go the friendlier the locals

become. Admittedly, Auckland is not the friendliest part of the country, but then big cities never are. But

even in Auckland you will normally find at least one local who is happy to give you sound advice on

what to see, where to visit, and how to get there. Leave Auckland behind (after a good visit to the cities

wonderful attractions) and you will quickly find yourself surrounded by good-natured Kiwis, ready to

show you what New Zealnd is all about.

Tips for getting the conversation started

1. 1.Look lost. Trust me on this, Kiwis always feel sorry for someone who looks lost, and because we

love to show how well we know our land, chances are we will walk over and offer help.
 

2. 2.Go into the nearest open store and ask for directions, making sure the shopkeeper hears your

accent. This is particularly effective if English is your second language.
 

3. 3.Be honest. Simply walk up to someone, tell him or her you are a foreign tourist, and you would like to

discover the real NewZealand. They will probably call in some assistance from friends and family and

plan the rest of your Neu Zealand holiday with you.

Good places to find the real New Zealnd

Northland Do not confuse Northland with the North Island. Northland is basically comprised of all of the

land north of Auckland. Northland stretches from Orewa, a popular beach village 20 minutes north of

Auckland, to Cape Reinga, the northernmost point of NewZealand. Northland offers many beautiful

unspoilt beaches, wonderful diving, and some of New Zeland s most important history. Add to this that

Northland embodies a full Maori culture and you have discovered an open doorway to the Real New

Zealand.

East Cape

Getting off the beaten track is easy to do on the East Cape. Driving the road that leads from Whakatane,

in the sunny Bay of Plenty, around the easternmost tip of New Zealnd to Gisborne is one trip not to

miss. This lonely and rugged land is home to hardened farmers and fishing families who have worked

this land and water throughout NewZealand s history. I will never forget driving this road in 2002 over a

three-day weekend and experiencing a more real New Zealand than I ever knew. It is crazy for me to

say this because I was raised in Whakatane and never really discovered this treasure before. The

people are amazing, the scenery and landscape is incredible, and our experience there, on the whole,

was just perfect. It was the real New Zealnd.

Southland

Again, this can be a tricky one. Do not confuse Southland with the South Island. Southland is the

southernmost part of mainland NewZealand. Boasting the southernmost cinema in the world and

various other interesting claims to fame, Southland is perhaps best known throughout the world for Bluff

Oysters . But my main reason for loving Southland is the people. Southlanders are without a doubt the

friendliest and most welcoming of all New Zelanders. They also talk a little different to the rest of us,

but that is ok, we love them all the same. The high country sheep farms of Southland are a perfect place

to discover the real New Zealnd. Drive north from Invercargill to the towns of Winton or Gore, ask a

local farmer questions about farming or sheep, and do not be at all alarmed if you are invited for dinner

or a cuppa . The real NewZealand is definitely in abundance here.

Taking the real Neu Zealand home Remember these key points, and you will not only discover the real

New Zealnd, you will also have the trip of a lifetime. Yes, you can lose yourself in the rugged and wild

New Zeland countryside, and yes you can find not so beaten tracks in guidebooks, but the real New

Zealand is more than that. You deserve to discover the real NewZealand (especially after surviving that

long flight), and it wont cost you anything. The real New Zealnd is available through the people, Kiwis ;

just talk to them and you will find the real NewZealand. Chances are, you will take a lot of it home with

you.

About the author: Greg Scowen in a freelance travel journalist and website developer rolled into one.

From his base in Switzerland, Greg maintains the 'New Zealand Focus' website, to share the wonders

of New Zealnd with the world.

 

 

 

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Travel Resources

 

Mortgage Solutions - Mortgage Brokers NewZealand
Mortgage Refinancing Solutions New Zeland. We can help you refinance your mortgage.

We know NewZealand mortgage rates and conditions and can help you

refinance to find the right mortgage for you - and save you money.
www.mortgagesolutions.co.nz

 

ABC Car Rental Limited

range of quality cars, family cars and sleeper vans from as little as NZ$19 (conditions apply)

per day in Auckland & Christchurch vacations, travel tours in New Zealnd with meet and greet at Auckland Airport on request.

www.abc-rental.co.nz

 

New Zealnd Cultural Tours and Heritage Tourism in King Country

Company who offer boat cruises, horse treks and guided tours.

www.kingcountry.co.nz

 

Removals Brokers - Removals Worldwide
Removals Brokers can help you with your move, removal or relocation abroad.

We specialise in removals to Spain, Portugal, Dubai, America, Italy, France, Cyprus,

Australia vaction, travel tours in New Zealnd, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa and all worldwide locations.
www.removalsbrokers.co.uk

 

New Zealand accommodation skiing tramping fishing South Island
Accommodation Lodge Central South island Neu Zealand ideally situated

110 kms from Christchurch for skiing, tramping, trout fishing rock climbing,

and other outdoor activites. On route from Westland Glaciers and the Kaikoura whales.
www.flockhill.co.nz

 

Cameron Photography
Professional Photography, from award winning photographer

Euan Cameron and Lesley Cranfield. - Neu Zealand Motorsport Photo Gallery.
www.cameronphoto.co.nz

 

Timaru Motel |Accomadation |Avenue Motor Lodge
Timaru Motel Accomodation - Avenue Motor Lodge New Zealand Brand new complex

situated in Craigie Avenue, Timaru, South Cantebury. Luxury accommodation 2hours

from Christchurch. 2 1/2 hours from Dunedin, Mount Cook, Southern Alps...
www.avenuemotorlodgetimaru.co.nz

 

New Zealand Travel Guide
Guide to travelling around New Zealand, lots of pictures and useful information.

www.sunburntbadger.co.uk

 

New Zealand Information Directory
Human Edited Directory of New Zealand Web Pages. Over 14,000 Entries, Free Listing.
http://directory.computergeek.co.nz

 

Used Vehicles for sale New Zealand.
Imported used vehicles for sale at Chevron Quality Cars New Zealand.

Used cars from Japan at great New Zealand prices - used car finance available.
www.chevronqualitycars.co.nz


Invest in property in New Zealand
Buy homes and property to residential or investment use in New Zealand.

www.New Zelandpropertyweb.co.uk

 

Luxury Accommodation Bay of Islands
Welcome to the traditional charm of the thoroughly modern Russell Cottages.

Located in the Bay of Islands, Russell (Kororareke) was the first capital of

New Zealand. Only 3 hours drive from Aucland, Russell has always been a focal point in the bay.
www.russellcottages.co.nz

 

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