Travel Blogs from North Island
... able to amble around The Shire freely, taking it all in of my own accord. This was not the case, as we were subjected to a bombardment of facts I already knew. I mean come on…everyone has watched every single extra on the twelve disc trilogy box set haven’t they? Haven’t they? Hello? Oh, you’ve stopped reading.
Criticisms aside, I was obviously in nerd heaven. It is EXACTLY as you see in the films, save for Gandalf trotting along ...
... day and looked kind of dangerous to walk down so I gave that a miss, took some photos and walked back catching the pretty sun set.
For dinner we ate homemade goat curry which was lovely! Slightly too spicy for me as I had to ask for a glass of milk (it was a goat killed by the previous Stray bus people). First time I ate goat, absolutely delicious though! Afterwards we all sat around the sofas and watched a movie. It was some American Rom-com, so good I remember the name ;-)
... to the family, which we were sad to do, but we were chasing the weather again and the forcast for the national park was looking good for the next two days! I was really keen on doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike as its classed as one of the worlds greatest one day hikes and having missed out on Abel Tasmin and the Queen Charlotte, I was determined to do this one! As we neared the national park however, the weather wasnt looking promising and ...
... on that path today and it was groaning under the weight of them all; in parts it was like Oxford Street in the sales (but without the shops).
The first part of the path followed a gully with some very gentle climbs and boardwalks across the more fragile parts of the ecosystem that is supported on the volcanic ash and gravel – there is not much of what you would really call soil. The plant mat that was covering the place was covered ...
... to have a couple of drinks with the group but we’re joined by a very talkative English girl who, on finding out one of the guys is an engineer, insists on talking about the National Grid and what’s going to happen when they haven’t got enough power to cope. I’m all for varied conversation and it’s a reasonably interesting topic but it doesn’t warrant more than 10mins! After 20mins of power talk, I’m ...
Other places to stay in North Island
75 Featherston Street, Wellington | 4 star hotelfrom $130
- Helpful staff
- Ottimo albergo
- Großartiges Hotel
128 Albert St, Auckland | 3 star hotelfrom $131
- Sleek, modern, and excellent
- Can't fault it
- Great choice
Cnr Princes St and Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $138
- Excellent 5 day stay
- Loved the Hyatt!
- Nice Hotel for the Price
83 Symonds Street, Auckland | 5 star hotelfrom $130
- Excellent Hotel
71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland | 5 star hotelfrom $100
- Great hotel
- Great location. Excellent service!
- Great Value for money !!!
90 Federal St, Auckland | 5 star hotelfrom $138
- Helpful Staff
- International quality heaven in Auckland
- Visa problems
Corner Victoria & Federal Streets, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $112
22 - 26 Albert Street, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $122
- Great view - terrible service
- Fantastic hotel, excellent service! A true 5* gem!
- **Well appointed & luxurious**
2 Grey St, Wellington | 4 star hotelfrom $169
- OK but some real problems
- Make sure you have a view !!
- Disappointing and soul-less
171 Queen St, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $113
- Best Concierge
- Okay for a quick visit.
9 - 17 Byron Ave, Takapuna | 3 star hotelfrom $110
- Awesome Hotel! Highly Recommended!!!
- Terrific choice
2 Ascot Road, Airport Oaks, Mangere | 3 star hotelfrom $97
10 Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $96
- Thank goodness!
- Cool hotel and excellent value for money
1000 Eruera Street, Rotorua | 3 star hotelfrom $76
- Great hotel
- Great deal in best location, right by the lake!
- Enjoyable stay
Corner Eruera & Hinemaru Streets, P.O. Box 1044, Rotorua | 4 star hotelfrom $93
- Ok hotel -- don't expect any frills
- Very Average
- Good value for money
10 Tryon Street, P.O. Box 6220, Rotorua | 3 star hotelfrom $90
Lake End Tutanekai Street, Rotorua | 4 star hotelfrom $100
- Good Value Stay In Central Rotorua
- The nicest hotel in Rotorua
- Better than expected for a Novotel
153 Featherston Street, Wellington | 3 star hotelfrom $80
8 Customs Street, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $80
59 Federal Street, Cnr Kingston Street, Auckland | 3 star hotelfrom $108
- Okay for a night
- Horrible bathroom
- Would not return to this hotel
cnr Kirkbride and Ascot Rds, Airport Oaks, Mangere | 3 star hotelfrom $81
7 Alma Street, Hamilton | 4 star hotelfrom $104
170 Wakefield Street, Wellington | 3 star hotelfrom $127
- Club Class not worth the extra money!
- Great location but nothing to write home about
- Good location, otherwise nothing special
21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Lighter Quay, Auckland | Hotel
- Genau, was man von einem Westin erwarten würde!
- Great Westin foundations..but with opening jitters!
- Ausgefallen, aber schön
196-200 Quay Street, Auckland | 3 star hotelfrom $81
147 Quay St, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $235
- Hated it!
- Beatiful and fun
- Super views and location