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Never been to NZ. What to do???

Melbourne, Australia
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Never been to NZ. What to do???

Hi everyone

I am surprising my hubby for our 1 year wedding anniversary a trip to Auckland at the end of Sep staying for 6 nights.

I have booked the flights so far, but no accomodation.

We both like the best hotels in a good location, money is no object at this stage (can't afford a penthouse though!)

I know nothing about NZ attractions, day trips, where to go, what you must see

Anything appreciated!

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1. Re: Never been to NZ. What to do???

Hi, as an ex Melburnian, I hate to say it (sorry aucklanders) but auckland is not a patch on Melbourne, so I would suggest plan on getting out and away from Auckland city itself.

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2. Re: Never been to NZ. What to do???

I agree don't stay in Auckland, get out and visit the 'real' NZ!

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3. Re: Never been to NZ. What to do???

mel - Auckland has a fair bit to offer, don't be put off by negatives. Having said that, I'd prefer to spend my time out of town as well. It really depends what you want to do with your days - if it is shopping or city sightseeing then Auckland has quite a bit. It has nice harbours and there is that bungy thingy from the tower everyone mentions.

Personally we prefer to get out to Bay of Islands, Coromandel and Waitomo areas for daytime options - a lot less night-life though

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4. Re: Never been to NZ. What to do???

Have a look at Waiheke Island there are some fabulous lodges out there to stay at.

have a look at this thread also for lots of things to do in and around the Auckland area;




My favourite- http://www.boatshed.co.nz/

Downown in Auckland stay at the Hilton- right on the wharf near the Viaduct basin.


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