a trip to new zealand

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2. 1.In Auckland and Wellington eat quality diningand drink worl class wines.2.Visit volcanic and geothermal landscapes inRotorua3.Make adventure sports by bungy jumping orskydiving4.Encounter ski fields and famous winter hospitality5.Observe whales, dolphins, rare birds and uniquewildlife6.Tour glacial valleys and alpine lakes on the WestCoast 3. Auckland is New Zealandslargest city and main transporthub. Make sure you stop andenjoy the shopping, dining andnatural wonders Auckland has tooffer. 4. In Aucklands vibrant city centre you can shopto your hearts content, wander the beautifulwaterfront, enjoy fine dining and explore thelocal art scene.Visitors can explore the islands of the HaurakiGulf by ferry or charter boat, walk the foresttracks of the Waitakere Ranges, follow winetrails and enjoy the relaxing pleasures of urbanlife by the sea.Auckland has all the stores you need forhappy holiday shopping, but its also close tosome fantastic suburban beaches. Whenyouve done your dash with the designers,grab a taxi, catch a bus or steer your hire carto Mission Bay, Kohimarama, Takapuna orMilford. Youll be licking ice cream by theocean in no time at all. 5. Piha is a scenic black-sand surf beachon the rugged coast west of Auckland.There are several walks through nativeforest in the surrounding hills.Piha is a laid-back seaside village 45minutes west of Auckland city, popularwith locals especially in summertime.The dramatic beach, which is markedat each end by rugged cliffs, is apopular surfing location..You can take surfing lessons or tryabseiling down the Piha canyon. Apopular licensed cafe and a takeawaybar offer fast food and theres a barand restaurant at the surf club.In terms of accommodation, there arecottages and caravans for rent, acampground and a B&B home stay. Itsalso possible to rent private beach. 6. Waiheke Island is one of the jewels of theHauraki Gulf. Its just a 40 minute ferry ridefrom the hustle and bustle of downtownAuckland.In landscape, lifestyle and experience,Waiheke is a whole world away.Come over for a visit and youll find beautifulgalleries and craft boutiques in this homelandof artists. There are plenty of places to enjoy agood coffee or a taste of New Zealands freshPacific Rim cuisine. The island also boastsmore than a dozen high-quality vineyards,many with relaxed restaurants onsite. Enjoylocal wine while looking out over vine-coveredvalleys to the blue sea beyond.The white sandy beaches at Oneroa, PalmBeach and Onetangi slope gently down intothe Hauraki Gulf. They are perfect forswimming, kayaking, strolling along or havinga picnic in the sun. 7. Rangitoto is the mysterious black island thathaunts Aucklands inner gulf. This huge volcanoerupted from the seabed around 600 yearsago.Rangitoto, an island volcano, emerged from thesea around 600 years ago in a series of fieryeruptions. Its Aucklands most recognisablegeographic feature - a wide triangle of jaggedbasalt lava, softened by the worlds largestpohutukawa forest. If you visit in December, theisland glows with crimson blossom.About 200 metres from the top of the mountainon the eastern side visitors can walk throughsome of about seven known lava tubes caves left behind after the passage of liquidlava.For day trips for the walk to the summit andback, with stunning views of the harbour andcity. As an alternative to walking, a land traincoordinated with the ferry sailings takes visitorsto a short way below the summit. 8. Situated at the southern endof the North Island, nestledbetween a sparkling harbourand rolling green hills,Wellington is New Zealandscapital city. 9. Wellington is the political capital of NewZealand. The city is compact, cultured andfull of character. Nestled between theharbour and the hills, the downtown areais ideal for explorations on foot -shopping, cafes, transport,accommodation and the citys majorattractions are compressed into an areathats conveniently walkable.Wellingtons visitors come to browsemuseums, historic places and galleries,including the highly acclaimed nationalmuseum Te Papa. From a food and winepoint of view, the city is truly delectable.Night time entertainment includesprofessional theatre, live concerts,comedy shows and dance performances. 10. Kapiti Island is a nature reservehosting some of New Zealands mostendangered birds. Its protected watersare home to an abundance of marinelife.Creating a place where endangeredspecies can once again thrive has alsocreated a rare experience for the smallnumber of people who are allowed tovisit Kapiti Island each day.Kapiti Island Nature Reserve is tenkilometres long and two kilometreswide. Visitor numbers are strictly limited- access is only by licensed launch anda landing permit from the Department ofConservation is required. 11. Golf, gourmet foods and scenicflights are three reasons to spendsome time in Paraparaumu. Thissunny coastal town promises plentyto do.As the main town on the KapitiCoast, Paraparaumu has plenty ofeverything for travellers. Theshopping centre has more than 50stores, as well as banks,supermarkets and cinemas. North ofthe town is a farm park where youllfind farm shows and gourmet foodproducers (cheese, olives, honey,ice cream and other treats).Paraparaumu Beach is thelaunching spot for trips to KapitiIsland. The Kapiti Aero Club is theplace to source scenic flights andglider rides. If you love old vehicles,the local car museum has one of thelargest collections in Australasia. 12. Rotorua - the place offascinating Mori culture, hotsprings and boiling mudpools. No visit to NewZealand would be completewithout stopping here. 13. This national park is known for its glaciercountry in some places, huge tongues ofice extend all the way back down to near sealevel. 3000m peaks tower over lowlandrainforests that reach all the way to the edgeof the Tasman Sea. Its an area also blessedwith contrasting tussock grasslands, coast,lakes, rivers and wetlands.