Centre Place (501 Victoria Street, Hamilton 3204) – located 1 ½ hours south of Auckland (in the suburb of Hamilton central), this shopping center has over 100 retailers – mainly local and regional stores (such as Farmers). The Body Shop and Vodafone are among the few recognizable international retailers there. Unlike other malls (which typically … Continue reading Centre Place
Andiamo (194 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, Auckland) — Located on the vibrant Jervois Road in suburban Herne Bay Auckland, Andiamo has established a reputation for fine Italian cuisine and seafood, sourcing the best available seasonal produce which is prepared and cooked in a modern bistro style highlighting the natural flavors. The Menu is based on … Continue reading Andiamo
Auckland Botanic Gardens (102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland Central, Auckland) – located just 20 minutes from Auckland’s CBD, visitors can explore a garden that can delight, inspire, entertain and relax the senses. The collections of natives and exotics are complimented by lakes, the award winning Potter Children’s Garden and a growing collection of large scale … Continue reading Auckland Botanic Gardens
Kia Ora Guided Walks (Level 3, Library Building, 1136 Arawa Street, Rotorua Central, Rotorua 3010) – located in the town of Rotorua (a 2 hours & 45 minute drive southeast of Auckland), visitors can connect with the culture, people, history and landscape that make Rotorua unique. Visit Ohinemutu, the birthplace of Rotorua – home to … Continue reading Kia Ora Guided Walks
Bungalow 8 (corner Market Place and Customs Street West, Viaduct, Auckland) – for those spending time in the Viaduct area, this is one its trendier bars. It boasts a New York-style interior, and a huge balcony overlooking the water. Even international celebrities like Richard Branson make pit stops there.
CAR RENTALS – the following car rental agencies operate in Auckland: Avis Rent a Car +64 (09) 443 1501 Budget: +64 (09) 256 8447 Europcar: +64 (09) 379 5080 Smart Car Rental: +64 (09) 307 3553 Thrifty: +64 (09) 309 0111
Air Force Museum of New Zealand (45 Harvard Avenue, Wigram, Christchurch, Christchurch – Canterbury, 8140) –– for those visiting the city of Christchurch (15 hour drive from Auckland, or a 1 ½ hour flight from there), the Air Force Museum of New Zealand holds the national collection of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). … Continue reading Air Force Museum of New Zealand
New Zealand, like nearby Australia, is perceived by many as being a relatively young country – compared to the Far East nations (which boast civilizations going back thousands of years). Historians suggest that New Zealand was first settled by the Maoris (an eastern Polynesian ethnic group) in the 13th century A.D. The first European … Continue reading About New Zealand