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I kept walking further to Onetangi beach and went back through Ostend.
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Many people live on Waiheke, so there are plenty of ferries so no reason to worry you can miss the last ferry. Day 9- Otara Market- Auckland is biggest Polynesian city in the world and there is no better place to feel that than Otara Market. Every Saturday from 6 am to noon, this Market is full of people from Tonga, Samoa and other Polynesian Islands selling everything from clothes, food, to CDs with Samoan music.
Great place to wonder around and a real cultural experience. Around the market there are some Samoan and Tongan eateries selling really cheap home made Polynesian food. I got free fried bread from the Samoans in one of them second time I get free food from Samoans within a week, obviously I look too skinny compared with them.
Its only on Saturdays and you must get up early because the market finishes at 12! If you have more days in Auckland- another things to do in Auckland are: - Visit Tiritiri Matangi Island to see many rare birds and have nice walks around - Visit Great Barrier Island- the most isolated place in New Zealand, a huge island without mains electricity, water, towns and not much transport or roads. There is a hostel there to sleep. Its too far from Auckland 90km for a day trip, so spending there couple of nights is the best. Great if you wanna get away from the busy city and be in an empty isolated island.
Pity there is no organised public transport to get there, so if you have no car, you need to use the overprized shuttle. I believe that if you do all the things I did in Auckland and obviously you need between a week and 10 days for that , you will never say that Auckland is not nice as I heard from so many backpackers. Nothing provided for free, as with all Base hostels.
Internet- plenty of 24 hour internet cafes in CBD, but internet is free in the library which is in the centre. Architecture- its not Rome, but has some colonial buildings.
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I would say, it is the typical hotchpotch of older buildings and modern offices that you will see in all major cities of OZ and NZ. Nature- one of the greatest things in Auckland is that the city has so much nature within it- check some islands, volcanos and beaches.
The place is kind of boring and there is not much to do in the town itself unless you like to lie on the beach. I spent 4 days in the area which was too much. Further not much to see. Day 2- take the ferry over to Ferry Landing and have some nice walks at the other side. You can walk to the right after you get out of the ferry and have some great views over Whitianga from the small peninsula. Walk further to Shakespeare lookout- it is a small hill and easy to get on top and make some great photos, then you can walk further to Cooks Beach.
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Day 3- Hahei and Cathedral Cove, You need a car or a bike to get there. I got a free bike from my hostel, took it on the ferry and cycled to Hahei and back. Cathedral Cove is a nice rock formation and worth the effort to get there. Walk through the cove to enter a small beach at the other side. Unfortunately, the place is really touristy and its really hard to make photos without having several Chinese on the background.
Day 4- Hot Water Beach- again you need a car or a bike. I went by bike which was free from my hostel. Its couple of km further after Hahei. You must go there when its low tide, usually in the morning or evening. Check with the I-Site about the low tide times. Again, way too touristy, especially in summer.
When I was there, nobody managed to make own pool filled in with hot water, so it was disappointment. If you have less time, you can easily see all these things within one day or maximum 1,5 day- Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach can easily be done in one day with a bike or car. One of the best hostels in NZ, small and family run. The woman who welcomes you at the reception lives at the house next door.
Very clean place almost sterile like a newly build hospital. Supermarket- New World in the centre of Whitianga. Internet- got free at my hostel. Architecture- nice historical buildings in Whitianga? Dream on. Nature- one of the best places in NZ if you like to lie on beaches, nice for cycling. Mount Maunganui and Tauranga- I spent 4 days there and really thought it was way too much. Everything you can do in Mount Maunganui is to climb the mount and have great views from top of it as well as walk around it. You can also lie on the beach. Nothing else to see or do. Tauranga is worth maximum 2 hours of your time.
Day 1- Check in and have a walk around Mount Maunganui and the beach around. Day 2- There are two great walks on the mount- one that is flat and makes a loop around it and one that climbs to the top of it. I did both and the one that goes on top is much nicer with great views and photo opportunities.
When you go down the mount, there are hot water pools there not free. The only other thing you can do in Mount Maunganui is too swim or lie on Ocean Beach. Day 3- day trip to Tauranga. Catch the bus to Tauranga in the morning. Tauranga is really boring and uninspiring place. I went to the I-Site and got a short walk map which takes about 1,5 hour to complete and covers absolutely everything interesting in Tauranga. Its kind of historical walk that shows you places of interest around the centre and this walk is the only thing worth doing in Tauranga.
It goes through the art gallery, Elms Mission House and the old post office building which is the only pretty building in Tauranga. It also goes through the fishing wharf where you can eat maybe the best fish and chips in NZ with the best and creamiest tartar sauce. The I-Site has maps with some other local walks and I did some of them, but they are boring and not worth your time. Day 4- I took the bus from Mount Maunganui to the end of the town- the place is really spread for around 20 km, but nothing to see than residential suburbs and the beach.
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Then I walked back through some green spaces between the suburbs for about 10 km and another 10 km walk on the beach back to the mount. This is one of the walks shown on the free brochure with local walks that you can get from I Site in Tauranga or maybe the camping information centre at the mount. The walk was not that great but just good to fill in my last day. Did not really like the place because it seemed full of older working people rather than travellers and the dorm was with 16 beds.
Best thing was free unlimited internet. The Naked Bus stop is also in front of that hostel. Supermarket- New World on the main road of Mount Maunganui, but a bit far from the centre very close to Pacific Coast Lodge Internet- free at my hostel. Nature- great beach. Rotorua- it is a nice place to visit with several lakes, a lot of geothermal activity and good place to learn more about Maori culture.
Unfortunately, Rotorua is very commercialised and touristy. I agree that if someone has invested in building a cinema or an amusement park, then it makes sense to ask money for admission tickets. But nature is a given and should be free.
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What happens in Rotorua is that almost everywhere where there is boiling water, mud or a geyser, someone has decided to put high fences, open a souvenir shop, put a reception and start charging everyone ridiculous amounts of money to enter. Why would you want to see Maoris who dress themselves in clothes they normally never wear, colour their faces with stuff they never normally would put on their face and dance for you dances that they do not dance in their daily life? Is this touristy crap or is it culture? If you go to certain parts of Papua New Guinea, Southern Ethiopia or almost anywhere in the developing w.
Going to save this and read it later. Just want to say thanks for writing it - loads of great information there. I agree with a lot of what you have said what I read but I have to disagree with your comments about wwoofing. It's not unpaid work; you are just paid in kind not in cash. I have been a wwoofer in many places and am a host here in NZ.
In exchange for hours work a day, you should get all food and accommodation, and usually also free internet, a few drinks with dinner, local tourism advice and trips out with your hosts. Even more important is if you want to do the tour of Hobbiton at dusk with dinner feast. The grand scale of Milford Sound cannot be described with words.
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You just need to go. The best way to see the fjords including the waterfalls, seals, black coral, and Mitre Peak is by cruise boat or by kayak , or even better do both. In order to get to Milford Sound, you can drive there yourself. Alternatively, there are day tours from Queenstown that are super convenient.
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Lock it in early because it would be a shame to miss out on one of the biggest highlights of New Zealand. The premiere dive shop to look for is in Paihia. In speaking with the owners, if you put a specific request in, they could tweak the schedule. Spots also fill up quickly. The Legendary Black Water Rafting experience is well…truly legendary.
The real show was when we got to the section of the cave where the entire ceiling was lit with blue lights like stars. Almost every place you go in New Zealand seems to have their own skydiving outfit. While the experience is more or less the same across the board, I have to argue that doing it in the north of the South Island is one of the best places to do it. Skydive Abel Tasman was a ridiculously amazing experience and I would recommend it to anyone.
You have your choice between 9,, 13,, and 16, feet. The views that you have from any of those heights are just incredible with the national park in view, the coastline, and on some clear days, being able to see the North Island as well. Want to do something different in New Zealand? Go on a horseback riding trip through an area that was used as the set of many blockbuster movies including Lord of the Rings, X-Men, Mission Impossible, and Prince Caspian from the Narnia Chronicles.
During high seasons these will fill up really quickly so reserve ahead of time. Of course how can I go through these activities and not mention our 14 day adventure through New Zealand with Flying Kiwi. Read the full review of our Flying Kiwi Reverse Traverse to learn more about what the trip was really like. Will is the Chief of Awesome over at Going Awesome Places which is focused on his off-the-beaten-path, outdoor adventure, and experiential travel.
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