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Tom and Anna’s brief guide to the
North Island New Zealand.
Greater Wellington Region
Wellington is a vibrant and bustling city full of culture. There is a lot of wind art
around the city which are designed to move in our iconic wind. As you look around
you will notice that our coastal city is “hilly”. This is caused because there are 3 main
fault lines running through the city which caused mountain ranges to form. (We are
also iconic for having our water pipes, sewage, electricity, motorway and trains
directly above one of the main fault lines.) These ranges also trap the winds that
come into Wellington – making them circle the harbour and giving us the title of
“windy” city. Our predominant wind is the Nor-Westerly which can be strong enough
to knock you off your feet, the other wind is a Southerly… bringing up the cold icy
wind from the Antarctic. Wellington has lots to offer including world class coffee, art,
hippies and bureaucrats.
Drive the coast-roads around the harbour and look up at the hills, you will see
houses jutting out on cliffsides, and for a lot of them the only way to get to
your house (without walking 500steps) is to have your own personal cable
Being the capital city make sure you visit our parliament building (The
Go up to the Mount Victoria Look Out for panoramic views of the city and feel
the iconic wind for yourself.
Visit Te Papa – A free interactive museum.
Visit Weta Workshops; the visual effects film specialists behind The Lord of
the Rings etc.
Go up the Cable Car and visit the Botanical Gardens – beautiful walk downhill
back into the city.
Walk the waterfront, Cuba Street mall (where you will see the famous bucketfountain) and Courtenay Place (for our loud and exciting pub and clubbing
Porirua and Kapiti Coast
Adrenalin Forest – tree climbing adventure course suitable for the whole
Escarpment Track – beautiful hike with stunning views
Vineyards, farmlands and cute boutiquey towns (also where the bride and
groom are getting married.)
Te Apiti Wind Farm – Drive through the old country roads through a windfarm.
Glow-Worm Caves. – New Zealand does not have fire-flies, we have glow
worms which are found in caves and dark native forests. Go check out the
stunning “galaxy of stars” under the caves.
Central North Island
Waiuru and the Desert Road
Mount Tongariro, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Ngauruhoe will greet you as
you drive through Wairuru and the Desert Road.
Great Lake Taupo – New Zealands largest Lake.
Huka Falls – stunning aquamarine rapids just outside of Taupo.
Rotorua is an amazing tourist destination. This city is built on top of a sulphuric zone
so it is full of natural hot pools and geysers. Sink holes and geysers can pop up just
about anywhere. You can smell the sulphur in the air! Literally.
Luging- Great view from top of gondola.
Kerosene Creek (natural hot-spring river) is on Kerosene Creek Road – it’s
about 25-30km out of Rotorua towards Taupo.
Waiotapu Thermal wonderland.
Drive up Tarawera Road to go see Blue Lake, Green Lake, and Lake
(Mount Tarawera blew its top and is New Zealands version of Table
Walking tracks through the Redwoods (access from Tarawera Road.)
Free bubbling mud in town is at Kuirau Park
Get on a tour bus and visit Hobbiton.
East Coast, Vineyards and Gannets
Dig your own hotpool at Hot Water Beach
Visit Cathedral Cove
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