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Rafferty’s Resort
May 112016

Rafferty’s Resort is a break away treat! Units that feel like your own home. Good restaurants on site and full kitchen facilities in units. Situated next to Lake Macquarie and just across the road from the beautiful Catherine Hill Bay.

Website: raffertysresort.com.au

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Dark Sky Preserve
May 112016

A dark sky preserve is an area, usually surrounding a park or observatory, that is kept free of artificial light pollution. The purpose of a dark sky preserve is generally to promote astronomy. You can attend stargazing sessions from Mt Cook and Tekapo locations but it is heavily subject to weather conditions.

Website: earthandskynz.com

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Mt Cook
May 112016

We stayed at the Hermitage and the image was taken from outside our room looking towards Mt Cook. We enjoyed the buffet and attended the Dark Sky Stargazing. A worthwhile luxury stopover. For those on a budget the Mt Cook Lodge has good accommodation.

Website: hermitage.co.nz

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Mona Vale
May 112016

Mona Vale historic buildings and gardens were hit hard by the earthquakes. While the gardens are still a pleasent stroll the historic house is still undergoing repairs. It will get more stars once its fully up and running again.

Website: Mona Vale

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Fox Glacier
May 112016

From the mountains to the sea, you won’t want to miss any of it. Active adventure, relaxation or family fun all against the backdrop of spectacular scenery, New Zealand’s Glacier Country offers something for everyone.

Create your own unforgettable Glacier Country experience from the wealth of things to do in Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Okarito and the surrounding area.

Website: glaciercountry.co.nz

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Hobbiton
May 102016

You can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. During your tour you will see Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill, double arched bridge and other structures and gardens built for the films.

We were astounded at the level of detail of the sets and charmed by the Green Dragon Inn. We advise you to book ahead the tour is very popular. There is also a longer tour that includes a feast.

Website: hobbitontours.com

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Karapiro
May 102016

Found this picturesque spot on the way from Waitomo to Matamata. The lake and hydro dam create stunning views. My favorite accidental find of the trip.

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The Shrine of Remembrance is Victoria’s largest and most visited war memorial of National Significance. It is a beautiful, historical and memorable experience for all. Be sure to try an ANZAC biscuit.

To preserve the upper structure and parklands and gain more display space, a huge engineering endeavor was undertaken to expand underground. A time-lapse movie of this is displayed onsite.

Website: shrine.org.au

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Catherine Hill Bay
May 102016

The beaches are clean and spacious with soft white sand perfect for a special moment with the one you love.

Catherine Hill Bay is a heritage village. This means the houses have traditional exteriors to maintain the historical appeal. Internally however many have been altered for modern luxury.

Website: catherinehillbay.org.au

Realestate: catherinehillbay.com.au

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Lake Taupo
May 102016

The perfect spot to watch the sunrise and set. Lake Taupo lies in the caldera of the Taupo Volcano. With a surface area of 616 square kilometres (238 sq mi), it is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand.

Website: greatlaketaupo.com

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Fullers Ferries
May 102016

With this much water around you have to view Auckland from the harbour! Ferries run every day to many popular destinations.  We took the ferry to Devonport which has boutique shopping and dining areas. Save time to visit the Naval museum.

Website: fullers.co.nz

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Meet a Kiwi! Close-up viewing of the rare Great Spotted Kiwi and Brown Kiwi. Enjoy the daily keeper talks & feeding displays. Walk through New Zealand’s largest dome aviary and see the Tuatara a native New Zealand reptile, which pre-dated the dinosaurs!

Website: kiwihouse.org.nz 

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Cornwall Park
May 102016

Located in the heart of Auckland this vast parkland is a real treat. The roaming animals add a warmth to the land and make you feel far from city life. There are family facilities including BBQ’s and picnic areas.

The park is renowned for its landscape design and wide variety of mature trees. It is centered on a volcanic cone, One Tree Hill, with many interesting geological features. A pre-European Maori fortification (pa) was built on the cone, many features of which can still be seen.

Website: cornwallpark.co.nz

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A peaceful magical experience! The glow worm (arachnocampa luminosa) is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as guides provide informative commentary on the caves historical and geological significance.

It should be noted the glowworm cave does not allow photography. Other caves do allow photography ask the tour guide if unsure. Photos of the Glowworms are available from the gift shop.

Website: waitomocaves.com

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  • Rafferty’s Resort

    Rafferty’s Resort

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  • Dark Sky Preserve

    Dark Sky Preserve

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  • Mt Cook

    Mt Cook

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  • Mona Vale

    Mona Vale

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  • Fox Glacier

    Fox Glacier

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  • Hobbiton

    Hobbiton

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  • Karapiro

    Karapiro

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  • Shrine of Remembrance

    Shrine of Remembrance

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  • Catherine Hill Bay

    Catherine Hill Bay

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  • Lake Taupo

    Lake Taupo

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  • Fullers Ferries

    Fullers Ferries

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  • Otorohanga Kiwi House

    Otorohanga Kiwi House

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  • Cornwall Park

    Cornwall Park

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  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves

    Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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