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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 12:16 am 
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Any specific place north of Auckland you'd recommend? On that note, any Auckland pubs you'd say are worth a visit?


Auckland pubs :lol:

Auckland lost those a long time ago. We have "bars". So there's nothing particularly grand about them, if you like a drink and a bit of food in Auckland CBD you won't be let down by the walk from Britomart through the Viaduct and across the footbridge to Silo Park. It's all tidy and respectable and a much of a muchness. The closest thing to a proper pub I'd say was the Riverhead Tavern, but that's out in the sticks of West Auckland.

Speaking of West Auckland, a stroll down Bethells Beach lagoon and over to Oneil's Bay is a nice short outing and probably gives a good first indication of the type of terrain you'll find around the country - Brutal and magnificent rolled into one, and super easy to access. Free of course too.

Northland. Nothing in particular leaps out. It's just old school provincial NZ. You could stop and take the Mrs to Ngawha Hotsprings out of Kaikohe, take a tour of the Bay of Islands, do a half day fishing charter?, eat fish and chips on the wharf in Mangonui, call in at Cape Rianga and watch the Pacific crash into the Tasman sea. Stop at the big tree on the west coast between Opononi and Dargaville on the way back to Auckland. There's nothing particularly exciting about Northland bar the slow relaxed pace of the place. Great beaches and bush of course.

You will find that about all of the North Island though. An hour out of Auckland it's dairy farm and pine forestry all the way to the National Park and the central plateau. At the central plateau you will see either fog, rocks and tussock, or a couple conventional looking massive volcano's, rocks and tussock. Then dairy farm practically down to Wellington. Rotorua of course offers the oddity in boiling mud, geysers, and a bad sulphur smell. Outside of that, and as a Scotsman I doubt you'll be impressed by a lake and the shade of green our grass is. So I encourage people to get off state highway 1. Head south from Auckland via the east coast, and then on the return back to Auckland head up the west coast - Follow those coastal routes of the North Island and see NZ for what it is. All along that route you'll find a bunch of different shit you didn't expect.



Bars are a bit trendy for my taste :) but thanks for the info above

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I would advise, as a visiting tourist, it's much bigger than you think and driving takes a fair while due to the lack of freeways (compared to the UK and Oz).

Not that that is a bad thing - just bear it in mind.

And the Glow-worm caves at Waitomo Caves is a must.

Kiwi Cave Rafting offer a fantastic trip.

I did that, Zorbing and Treetop tours in Rotarua and then Rafting in Taupo all over 3 days. Great fun. :thumbup:


Cheers Pat, yes- I fell for that myself whilst looking at the map but have since overlaid NZ onto Australia.
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Best rafting is in the South Island. Heli-raft into the Perth or Whataroa.

North Island, the rafting from River Valley near Taihape is pretty good. Ask to take the wrong routes run on the Kaituna trip to have a thrilling and bruising trip.


Thanks, will definitely be rafting at some point.

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Pat the Ex Mat wrote:
I would advise, as a visiting tourist, it's much bigger than you think and driving takes a fair while due to the lack of freeways (compared to the UK and Oz).

Not that that is a bad thing - just bear it in mind.

And the Glow-worm caves at Waitomo Caves is a must.

Kiwi Cave Rafting offer a fantastic trip.

I did that, Zorbing and Treetop tours in Rotarua and then Rafting in Taupo all over 3 days. Great fun. :thumbup:


That's what I always say too. It is deceptively large, and only looks small because it's next to Australia on the map. But he has five weeks, so can move around a bit. Two weeks north, three south, have at least five days in three places (Turangi/Kuratau, Te Anau, Takaka would be my three recomendations) and you have yourself a sweet off-peak against the grain tour.

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the driving thing is massive, I was a bit vague in saying you have to drive every km but that's the reality, there's no backing off and cruising.

Something else he needs to be aware of is water quality... keeping an eye on any health warnings for waterways before swimming is vital.


Thanks. Surprised that there is swimming water in NZ which is not suitable but will check out the signs.

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Caley - what time of year are you coming? If you're watching rugby then I assume winter?

I'd give two weeks max to North Island and three weeks min to South. On the North Island:

- a fishing charter or shared trip with Captain Bucko at Bay of Islands - awesome scenery as well as great fishing
- Great Barrier Island - esp. in winter is a major step back in time, also amazing night skies
- Gisborne - the walk around the coast at low tide is awesome esp. if you've any interest in geology
- the Tongariro Crossing - I thought this would be meh but as long as you get a halfway good day it's absolutely awesome
- Wellington - coffee and craft beer off the charts

South Island:

- campervan is absolutely the way to do it - follow the good weather rather than follow an itinerary; that aside the rest is a loop I've done four times
- Fox Glacier - glacier walk etc. but get out to Gillespie's Beach esp. if the surf is pounding - there's a small wild-as-fcuk campsite out there
- pie shop in Te Anau - venison pies - ridiculously good
- Queenstown - summit of Ben Lomond - in winter you might need guided and will certainly need advice - best one-day walk I've ever done
- Queenstown - Glenorchy - waaaaaaaaaaay better than Queenstown to stay, and if you feel like doing something spendy the FunYaks up the Dart Valley is unbelievable
- Stewart Island - wild in all sorts of ways, and the wildlife sanctuary island is very cool
- Clutha / Roxborough Trails - ride a day or two; first half of the Clutha is the least good, the rest is just brilliant
- Fleur's Place at Moeraki - one of the best meals I've ever had

Enjoy!

BTW - from Perth? How old are you? A very good mate of mine played hooker for Perthshire 84 - 89 until he moved to England for work.


It's mid Sept till end of October- I understand I can watch some ITM cup at that time of year?

Awesome, of all the vast array of info on this thread, the only thing I've nailed down is that rough 2 week North and 3 week South island split.


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Do yourself a favour and stay at least one night in Wanaka, with a view of the water.

My favourite place in the South Island.



Yes, my parents (who did this a few years ago) said Wanaka was their favorite place on the whole trip.


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Having been up the Skyline in both quite recently I would say they're not that far apart in terms of quality. And for every other thing Queuetown has going for it, Rotovegas has something else .

I'd stay the hell away from both personally


Skyline as in the business? I’m referring to them being the major tourist destination of each island. Appreciate that QT is overrun these days, but its not a f**king dive like Rotorua. And if you want to head out for a night, has quality restaurants and bars. I’ve unfortunately had two recent conferences in Rotorua, no comparison.


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I’ve always wondered what a tourist having been to QT thinks when they roll in to the NI equivalent, Rotorua. x(


Weird comment. Who compares Queenstown to Rotorua? Why would you? They are very different towns with different attractions. I get that Rotorua isn't as picturesque as Queenstown, but where else is? But then, where else can you see the attractions Rotorua has? Both are places that any tourist should visit and in both you'll have very different experiences.


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I'm a BoP boy and I wouldn't recommend Rotorua, but each to their own.

Best luge I've been on...and the geothermal activity happening in the city parks is amusing.

It could be a taking it for granted as it's on your doorstep thing and I agree it has varied attractions and scenery but...the smell. :lol:


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I’ve always wondered what a tourist having been to QT thinks when they roll in to the NI equivalent, Rotorua. x(


Weird comment. Who compares Queenstown to Rotorua? Why would you? They are very different towns with different attractions. I get that Rotorua isn't as picturesque as Queenstown, but where else is? But then, where else can you see the attractions Rotorua has? Both are places that any tourist should visit and in both you'll have very different experiences.


Rotorua is a rundown fucking dive. Hardly shop window material for tourists. Unless they’re after a plastic Māori experience.


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Having been up the Skyline in both quite recently I would say they're not that far apart in terms of quality. And for every other thing Queuetown has going for it, Rotovegas has something else .

I'd stay the hell away from both personally


Skyline as in the business? I’m referring to them being the major tourist destination of each island. Appreciate that QT is overrun these days, but its not a f**king dive like Rotorua. And if you want to head out for a night, has quality restaurants and bars. I’ve unfortunately had two recent conferences in Rotorua, no comparison.


So because Rotorua isn't as amazing as Queenstown, it's not worth visiting? Jesus that pretty much rules out the rest of NZ. May as well just go to Queenstown and then head home :lol: :lol: :lol:


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I'm a BoP boy and I wouldn't recommend Rotorua, but each to their own.

Best luge I've been on...and the geothermal activity happening in the city parks is amusing.

It could be a taking it for granted as it's on your doorstep thing and I agree it has varied attractions and scenery but...the smell. :lol:



You stop noticing the smell after about 20 minutes . At least you do if you have normal human physiology.


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What are people's views on the train? In order to cut down on driving (which I find a very un-enjoyable activity), I was thinking of doing some of the North Island via train? I know that limits where you can go but is it worthwhile investigating the possibility of interspersing road with rail?


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Having been up the Skyline in both quite recently I would say they're not that far apart in terms of quality. And for every other thing Queuetown has going for it, Rotovegas has something else .

I'd stay the hell away from both personally


Skyline as in the business? I’m referring to them being the major tourist destination of each island. Appreciate that QT is overrun these days, but its not a f**king dive like Rotorua. And if you want to head out for a night, has quality restaurants and bars. I’ve unfortunately had two recent conferences in Rotorua, no comparison.


So because Rotorua isn't as amazing as Queenstown, it's not worth visiting? Jesus that pretty much rules out the rest of NZ. May as well just go to Queenstown and then head home :lol: :lol: :lol:


Well, no... there are wonderful places all over the country big and small. My comment was regarding the leading light tourist Mecca’s of each island one of which is a bit of a shithole.


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mr bungle wrote:
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I’ve always wondered what a tourist having been to QT thinks when they roll in to the NI equivalent, Rotorua. x(


Weird comment. Who compares Queenstown to Rotorua? Why would you? They are very different towns with different attractions. I get that Rotorua isn't as picturesque as Queenstown, but where else is? But then, where else can you see the attractions Rotorua has? Both are places that any tourist should visit and in both you'll have very different experiences.


Rotorua is a rundown fucking dive. Hardly shop window material for tourists. Unless they’re after a plastic Māori experience.



Rotorua is a rural service centre where people raise families and live out their lives. Queenstown is almost entirely tourism driven these days. People can barely afford to live there. The streets may as well be paved with marble and girted with gold


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What are people's views on the train? In order to cut down on driving (which I find a very un-enjoyable activity), I was thinking of doing some of the North Island via train? I know that limits where you can go but is it worthwhile investigating the possibility of interspersing road with rail?



Only one worth doing is TransAlpine. Coastal Pacific is shut since the quakes and the Overlander will zip past half the stuff you want to see


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What are people's views on the train? In order to cut down on driving (which I find a very un-enjoyable activity), I was thinking of doing some of the North Island via train? I know that limits where you can go but is it worthwhile investigating the possibility of interspersing road with rail?


I'd advise against it. I haven't done it but my parents, did the trip from Auckland to Wellington and were very underwhelmed. It misses most of the best bits of the NI. Although from south of Taranaki/Napier there is very little to see by car so if you could train that bit and end up in Wellington it might be worth it.


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deadduck wrote:
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I’ve always wondered what a tourist having been to QT thinks when they roll in to the NI equivalent, Rotorua. x(


Weird comment. Who compares Queenstown to Rotorua? Why would you? They are very different towns with different attractions. I get that Rotorua isn't as picturesque as Queenstown, but where else is? But then, where else can you see the attractions Rotorua has? Both are places that any tourist should visit and in both you'll have very different experiences.


Rotorua is a rundown fucking dive. Hardly shop window material for tourists. Unless they’re after a plastic Māori experience.



Rotorua is a rural service centre where people raise families and live out their lives. Queenstown is almost entirely tourism driven these days. People can barely afford to live there. The streets may as well be paved with marble and girted with gold
Mr b showing his South Island elitism. It must be nice to live in an area bailed out so many times by NZ taxpayers. No Maori too which would be considered an added bonus.


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mr bungle wrote:
Davedj77 wrote:
mr bungle wrote:
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Having been up the Skyline in both quite recently I would say they're not that far apart in terms of quality. And for every other thing Queuetown has going for it, Rotovegas has something else .

I'd stay the hell away from both personally


Skyline as in the business? I’m referring to them being the major tourist destination of each island. Appreciate that QT is overrun these days, but its not a f**king dive like Rotorua. And if you want to head out for a night, has quality restaurants and bars. I’ve unfortunately had two recent conferences in Rotorua, no comparison.


So because Rotorua isn't as amazing as Queenstown, it's not worth visiting? Jesus that pretty much rules out the rest of NZ. May as well just go to Queenstown and then head home :lol: :lol: :lol:


Well, no... there are wonderful places all over the country big and small. My comment was regarding the leading light tourist Mecca’s of each island one of which is a bit of a shithole.


You've got a pretty shit opinion for a thread trying to help a tourist see the best bits of NZ. I recently moved back to Rotorua after never thinking I'd return and it's been great, especially as somewhere to raise my daughter. There is so much to see and do here and is very easy to get away from the throngs of tourists if that kind of thing annoys you. It's not amazingly beautiful (no way is it a "shithole" though) and is far from perfect but your opinion seems extra harsh.


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This Rotorua discussion has gone a bit weird. Any time I hosted someone from overseas Rotorua has always been a well loved stop (and think of how hard it is for someone from Magpies country to say that about Steamers country).

There's lots that 'tourists' like to do and visit, even if a grumpy NZer doesn't.


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This Rotorua discussion has gone a bit weird. Any time I hosted someone from overseas Rotorua has always been a well loved stop (and think of how hard it is for someone from Magpies country to say that about Steamers country).

There's lots that 'tourists' like to do and visit, even if a grumpy NZer doesn't.

That's fair. If it sounds and looks like it would be your thing then go for it. I'd recommend Coromandel and Waitomo as tourist spots in that general part of the country over Rotorua though.


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UncleFB wrote:
This Rotorua discussion has gone a bit weird. Any time I hosted someone from overseas Rotorua has always been a well loved stop (and think of how hard it is for someone from Magpies country to say that about Steamers country).

There's lots that 'tourists' like to do and visit, even if a grumpy NZer doesn't.


Thanks for that but we are and always have been the REAL "The Bay" ;)


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This Rotorua discussion has gone a bit weird. Any time I hosted someone from overseas Rotorua has always been a well loved stop (and think of how hard it is for someone from Magpies country to say that about Steamers country).

There's lots that 'tourists' like to do and visit, even if a grumpy NZer doesn't.

That's fair. If it sounds and looks like it would be your thing then go for it. I'd recommend Coromandel and Waitomo as tourist spots in that general part of the country though.

Not my thing, it's in the Bay of Plenty, it stinks etc ....

But, the Coromandel and Waitomo are different types of places (plus, how long can you spend in Waitomo anyway?) and tourists to NZ want often to see all that NZ has to offer - the geysers, the 'cultural' experience, sheep being shorn etc. They lap that shit up.


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This Rotorua discussion has gone a bit weird. Any time I hosted someone from overseas Rotorua has always been a well loved stop (and think of how hard it is for someone from Magpies country to say that about Steamers country).

There's lots that 'tourists' like to do and visit, even if a grumpy NZer doesn't.


Thanks for that but we are and always have been the REAL "The Bay" ;)

You'd be third behind Poverty ... ;)


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They have some cultural stuff around Waitomo too. Definitely could make a day of it.


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This Rotorua discussion has gone a bit weird. Any time I hosted someone from overseas Rotorua has always been a well loved stop (and think of how hard it is for someone from Magpies country to say that about Steamers country).

There's lots that 'tourists' like to do and visit, even if a grumpy NZer doesn't.

That's fair. If it sounds and looks like it would be your thing then go for it. I'd recommend Coromandel and Waitomo as tourist spots in that general part of the country over Rotorua though.


One last defence of Rotorua then I'll give up. Totally disagree. Where can you see the stuff Rotorua has anywhere in the rest of the world? Only a handful of places and Rotorua would probably be the easiest to access. Coromandel is beautiful but is a bit out of the way. September/October, when the OP is here isn't really the ideal time for the Coromandel either. And Waitomo, other than the caves has...what? Plus it is out of the way. Rotorua is on the way south to Taupo, another spot that shouldn't be missed so why would you avoid it? If the wonders of nature don't interest you, maybe if you have been to Yellowstone and it didn't do it for you, sure, give Rotorua a pass. But otherwise as an international tourist you would be mad to bypass Rotorua. You'd be missing a unique part of not just NZ but the world. Just don't go expecting Queenstown like scenery or a pumping nightlife and you'll be fine.


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This Rotorua discussion has gone a bit weird. Any time I hosted someone from overseas Rotorua has always been a well loved stop (and think of how hard it is for someone from Magpies country to say that about Steamers country).

There's lots that 'tourists' like to do and visit, even if a grumpy NZer doesn't.


Thanks for that but we are and always have been the REAL "The Bay" ;)

You'd be third behind Poverty ... ;)


You are dead to me! :evil:


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This Rotorua discussion has gone a bit weird. Any time I hosted someone from overseas Rotorua has always been a well loved stop (and think of how hard it is for someone from Magpies country to say that about Steamers country).

There's lots that 'tourists' like to do and visit, even if a grumpy NZer doesn't.


Thanks for that but we are and always have been the REAL "The Bay" ;)

You'd be third behind Poverty ... ;)


You are dead to me! :evil:

Hey, I've been helping you defend Rotorua! I should at least be alive on life support to you!


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If you ladies could stop your squabbling for a moment, there's a prospective tourist asking sincere questions about what to see and where to go in our homeland...

presumably he's not planning on attending every minor domestic dispute or supermarket carpark battle over a trolley.

Have a look at yourselves.


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If you ladies could stop your squabbling for a moment, there's a prospective tourist asking sincere questions about what to see and where to go in our homeland...

presumably he's not planning on attending every minor domestic dispute or supermarket carpark battle over a trolley.

Have a look at yourselves.


You mean he doesn't want to come to Henderson and fight over the last bit of glue sold at the local gas station?


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If you ladies could stop your squabbling for a moment, there's a prospective tourist asking sincere questions about what to see and where to go in our homeland...

presumably he's not planning on attending every minor domestic dispute or supermarket carpark battle over a trolley.

Have a look at yourselves.


You mean he doesn't want to come to Henderson and fight over the last bit of glue sold at the local gas station?


Caltex or BP?


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What are people's views on the train? In order to cut down on driving (which I find a very un-enjoyable activity), I was thinking of doing some of the North Island via train? I know that limits where you can go but is it worthwhile investigating the possibility of interspersing road with rail?


I'd advise against it. I haven't done it but my parents, did the trip from Auckland to Wellington and were very underwhelmed. It misses most of the best bits of the NI. Although from south of Taranaki/Napier there is very little to see by car so if you could train that bit and end up in Wellington it might be worth it.


The drive from Napier to Wellington is great -- especially the inland road and if you have the time take a detour out to the coast. It is spectacular.


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I'm a BoP boy and I wouldn't recommend Rotorua, but each to their own.

Best luge I've been on...and the geothermal activity happening in the city parks is amusing.

It could be a taking it for granted as it's on your doorstep thing and I agree it has varied attractions and scenery but...the smell. :lol:

Sure. I've spent a lot of weekends in Roturua, the smell is part of the attraction, one doesn't get it anywhere else, really. And it is a hoot to see steam coming up everywhere. Perhaps I'm easily amused. I think I'd charter a boat for a trout troll if I was doing the tourist thing. On the Blue Lake, or Lake Tawarewa, that would be quite pleasant. Maybe go for an aerobatic flight in the Tiger Moth out at the airfield.


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I must be a Fule as I liked Rotorua - can't remember the name but the beautiful old pub in the centre of town was great for dinner.

We stayed at the Holiday Inn (Who were excellent, upgrading us after our AC broke). Loved the Thermal pool there.

Zorbing, Waimangu and the Treetops walk made for an excellent couple of days.

I've been to Queenstown as well - which is great but VERY busy.


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This Rotorua discussion has gone a bit weird. Any time I hosted someone from overseas Rotorua has always been a well loved stop (and think of how hard it is for someone from Magpies country to say that about Steamers country).

There's lots that 'tourists' like to do and visit, even if a grumpy NZer doesn't.

That's fair. If it sounds and looks like it would be your thing then go for it. I'd recommend Coromandel and Waitomo as tourist spots in that general part of the country though.

Not my thing, it's in the Bay of Plenty, it stinks etc ....

But, the Coromandel and Waitomo are different types of places (plus, how long can you spend in Waitomo anyway?) and tourists to NZ want often to see all that NZ has to offer - the geysers, the 'cultural' experience, sheep being shorn etc. They lap that shit up.

Good point, as a farmer of Māori upbringing who grew up fairly close to Lake Wakatipu/ Te Anau/ Hauroko that kind of stuff probably means nothing to me. I can see the appeal for a foreigner.


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Rotorua smells of bum.


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UncleFB wrote:
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This Rotorua discussion has gone a bit weird. Any time I hosted someone from overseas Rotorua has always been a well loved stop (and think of how hard it is for someone from Magpies country to say that about Steamers country).

There's lots that 'tourists' like to do and visit, even if a grumpy NZer doesn't.

That's fair. If it sounds and looks like it would be your thing then go for it. I'd recommend Coromandel and Waitomo as tourist spots in that general part of the country though.

Not my thing, it's in the Bay of Plenty, it stinks etc ....

But, the Coromandel and Waitomo are different types of places (plus, how long can you spend in Waitomo anyway?) and tourists to NZ want often to see all that NZ has to offer - the geysers, the 'cultural' experience, sheep being shorn etc. They lap that shit up.

Good point, as a farmer of Māori upbringing who grew up fairly close to Lake Wakatipu/ Te Anau/ Hauroko that kind of stuff probably means nothing to me. I can see the appeal for a foreigner.

Yep, even as a non-farmer of Maori upbringing I found Te Puia interesting ... obviously a tourist experience is never going to be 100% authentic but not all tourists are lucky enough to know someone who can take them on to a marae (and time it for a tangi, hui etc for an 'authentic' experience).


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Hobbiton is worth the trip - BUT!!

Drive directly to the office, don't get the tour from within Town as it costs a lot more.

Also, you can actually stay longer at the Green Dragon and order more beer/food but they don't tell you.


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Whanganui is a must see, if you've got the time, take a dip in the river. It's a short drive from a picturesque wee town called Marton, closest you'll get to the Scottish experience with more pubs per capita than anywhere else in the country. I'd recommend a stopover of about 3 days in Palmerston North too, it's lovely, truly, the view from atop Cross hills will give you views of almost all of the lower North Island. The fudge is certainly something else. Definitely have to make a stop in Levin too, the bakery is comfortably within the top 10 in the country, and if you're looking for the true kiwi cultural experience it's certainly the ideal vista. (Also to be found in Huntly) in all honesty, I would avoid Wellington if I were you, it's pricey, windy, and there's absolutely nothing of note, it's a poor man's Whakatane.


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Whanganui is a must see, if you've got the time, take a dip in the river. It's a short drive from a picturesque wee town called Marton, closest you'll get to the Scottish experience with more pubs per capita than anywhere else in the country. I'd recommend a stopover of about 3 days in Palmerston North too, it's lovely, truly, the view from atop Cross hills will give you views of almost all of the lower North Island. The fudge is certainly something else. Definitely have to make a stop in Levin too, the bakery is comfortably within the top 10 in the country, and if you're looking for the true kiwi cultural experience it's certainly the ideal vista. (Also to be found in Huntly) in all honesty, I would avoid Wellington if I were you, it's pricey, windy, and there's absolutely nothing of note, it's a poor man's Whakatane.

:lol: :lol: :lol:


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It's a short drive from a picturesque wee town called Marton, closest you'll get to the Scottish experience with more pubs per capita than anywhere else in the country.

Really? I spent a lot of time in Marton as a child, my grandmother lived there. I assumed it was dead now. Does it really still exist?


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Rotorua smells of bum.

Mmmmmmmmh...bum.


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It's a short drive from a picturesque wee town called Marton, closest you'll get to the Scottish experience with more pubs per capita than anywhere else in the country.

Really? I spent a lot of time in Marton as a child, my grandmother lived there. I assumed it was dead now. Does it really still exist?


Bullshit, we didn't have any chicken runners in the 1960s :?


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WoodlandsRFC wrote:
Whanganui is a must see, if you've got the time, take a dip in the river. It's a short drive from a picturesque wee town called Marton, closest you'll get to the Scottish experience with more pubs per capita than anywhere else in the country. I'd recommend a stopover of about 3 days in Palmerston North too, it's lovely, truly, the view from atop Cross hills will give you views of almost all of the lower North Island. The fudge is certainly something else. Definitely have to make a stop in Levin too, the bakery is comfortably within the top 10 in the country, and if you're looking for the true kiwi cultural experience it's certainly the ideal vista. (Also to be found in Huntly) in all honesty, I would avoid Wellington if I were you, it's pricey, windy, and there's absolutely nothing of note, it's a poor man's Whakatane.

:lol: :lol:


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Bullshit, we didn't have any chicken runners in the 1960s :?

I don't suppose you'll ever get it.


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