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Travel Blogs from North Island
... lisa and Jeff all stood out the front and waved them off. It was sad to say goodbye as we had all become a little family since Auckland! Jeff and Lisa were planning on hitch hiking back to Lake Aniwhenua where we had our cooking class, as they wanted to go back and see Nades before coming back to the national park to do the three day hike! So a little bit later on, they also left, so we said goodbye to them too. After ...
... rained instead of snow. Mum stayed at our rental home while dad, Ollie and I went up the mountain to snowboard. We booked a private lesson as we wanted to be taught how to turn. We got lucky and picked our favorite instructor from the day before, a girl called Linsey. By the end of day two I was turning confidently and starting to go straight down, Ollie didn't get the hang of it straight away but made up for it in the long run. Overnight it finally snowed ...
... we had arrived in Taumarunui, where we are staying tonight. The town boasts a majestic 1930s cinema, The Regent, which is out of action for the moment, unfortunately. As the route we have taken today is not particularly well-trodden by tourists, we weren't spoiled for choice for campsites. However, we were very lucky to be staying in a lovely little place with well-stocked kitchen and a fine herb and salad garden, which you can help yourself from, just outside. There are lichen ...
... as the Devils Staircase! At this stage a pole really helped. The track is not smooth, you are walking on lava flows but the views are amazing with Mount Ngauruhoe rising majestically nearby. As well as needing to stop for breath it was good to look around and take in the surroundings.
Red Crater is a ridge climb with a track off to the summit of Tongariro. We decided to leave it for another time! There are spectacular views along Red Crater of ...
... shale path into an arial high speed cheese grater! They all had micro cuts and bruises from the shale path defying gravity and becoming airborne! I looked at the next stage which is aptly called "The Devils Staircase" a 1 in 3 incline of black lava flow shale that disappeared into the cloud layer that was blocking everything from this point up. As I was a solo traveler, with no backup and no clue where I was going, I too decided enough was enough as a test ...
Other places to stay in North Island
75 Featherston Street, Wellington | 4 star hotelfrom $125
- Helpful staff
- Ottimo albergo
- Großartiges Hotel
128 Albert St, Auckland | 3 star hotelfrom $119
- Sleek, modern, and excellent
- Can't fault it
- Great choice
Cnr Princes St and Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $149
- Excellent 5 day stay
- Loved the Hyatt!
- Nice Hotel for the Price
83 Symonds Street, Auckland | 5 star hotelfrom $146
- Excellent Hotel
71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland | 5 star hotelfrom $110
- Great hotel
- Great location. Excellent service!
- Great Value for money !!!
90 Federal St, Auckland | 5 star hotelfrom $147
- Helpful Staff
- International quality heaven in Auckland
- Visa problems
Corner Victoria & Federal Streets, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $118
22 - 26 Albert Street, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $124
- Great view - terrible service
- Fantastic hotel, excellent service! A true 5* gem!
- **Well appointed & luxurious**
2 Grey St, Wellington | 5 star hotelfrom $165
- OK but some real problems
- Make sure you have a view !!
- Disappointing and soul-less
171 Queen St, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $142
- Best Concierge
- Okay for a quick visit.
9 - 17 Byron Ave, Takapuna | 3 star hotelfrom $123
- Awesome Hotel! Highly Recommended!!!
- Terrific choice
2 Ascot Road, Airport Oaks, Mangere | 3 star hotelfrom $105
10 Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $94
- Thank goodness!
- Cool hotel and excellent value for money
1000 Eruera Street, Rotorua | 3 star hotelfrom $89
- 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 $82
- Ok hotel -- don't expect any frills
- Very Average
- Good value for money
10 Tryon Street, Rotorua | 3 star hotelfrom $81
Lake End Tutanekai Street, Rotorua | 4 star hotelfrom $105
- Good Value Stay In Central Rotorua
- The nicest hotel in Rotorua
- Better than expected for a Novotel
153 Featherston Street, Wellington | 3 star hotelfrom $82
8 Customs Street, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $92
59 Federal Street, Cnr Kingston Street, Auckland | 3 star hotelfrom $124
- Okay for a night
- Horrible bathroom
- Would not return to this hotel
Corner of Kirkbride & Ascot Roads, Mangere | 3 star hotelfrom $90
7 Alma Street, Hamilton | 4 star hotelfrom $120
170 Wakefield Street, Wellington | 3 star hotelfrom $143
- 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 Street, Auckland | 4 star hotelfrom $248
- Hated it!
- Beatiful and fun
- Super views and location