Travel Blogs from North Island
... early (as in 6am early) due to the amount of people that would be attempting the hike in their holidays. But the good news was that the clocks were going back an hour which meant an extra hour sleep - hurrah! We were then warned to make sure we took enough food, drinks and warm clothing as the hike at a good pace can take between 6-8hrs, and the wind chill at the summit could reach minus 5! With that fresh ...
... clad and ready to go, it wasn’t even 6am yet! The forecast had predicted a cloudy morning which was scheduled to lift by the afternoon. Hence why we had decided not to join the crazies at el crack. However, it wasn’t until I looked out the window that I realised why there were so many people raring to go. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, Ngauruhoe for the first time since we arrived was clearly in view from the kitchen window. I was so lethargic and groggy I ...
... us anywhere near it so we had to walk back from international terminal. It was a beautiful clear day so it wasn't too bad but the bags are so heavy we would have preferred to have been dropped off outside. We arrived and tried to check in. She couldn't find our details. Turns out I had booked the 16th February instead of the 16th January. We were so frustrated. The women told us that she had no rooms left for tonight. We could either pay for the Novotel ...
... view of the emerald and blue lakes. The next bit was a steep decline through a thick layer of pumice, which was a bit like sand and moved quick under your feet. We worked out a system but Doug did still slip once! The lakes were beautiful but smelly (of sulphur) :) We walked past te maari which erupted in 2012 and is an ongoing risk. We walked thrugh the risk zone and then saw the gases pumping out as we got round the other side. We walked down to the ...
... she hit it it would resemble something out of a Tom and Jerry cartoon. Where Tom would get shot with something and there would be a big hole where his stomach used to be, either that or it would just explode upon impact and bits of feline would fly all over the farm. The cat escaped an she explained that it was a ferrel one that would take down and kill the newly born lambs and the numerous flightless birds and ducks around the station. The NZ government have ...
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 | 4 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, P.O. Box 6220, 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