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5 Days in New Zealand
New Zealand offers unparalleled natural wonders and exquisite experiences that make it not only a popular tourist destination but also a coveted film set. 🇳🇿
Day 1 Highlights
Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the summit of the mountain. Just a five-minute drive from Auckland CBD. Admission is free.
Italian food done right. Casual dining, with a whole lot of oomph, this Wynyard Quarter restaurant provides sensational meatballs, pasta, and a bunch of other unforgettable Italian dishes (they also serve lunchtime takeaway sandwiches) to the lovely citizens of Auckland. From the feels-like-home interior, to the gorgeous stained glass window and Mother Mary salt spoons (available for purchase), it’s clear that Baduzzi comes from a love of of family, friends, and mighty fine Italian cuisine.
Vibrant plants, mostly flowering. There are two Victorian styled glass houses in the area. One shelters tropical types while the other houses those that thrive in colder environments. If you are already in the area, it is a nice place to check out.
Auckland’s icons for 20 years. Activities on the highest level of the tower include dining in a revolving restaurant, SkyJump, and the Sky Walk to name a few.
Day 2 Highlights
Matamata and Rotorua
Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit fan, this place is definitely a must-see attraction when you’re in New Zealand. Construction of the place was started in 1999 for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and was refurbished in 2011 for The Hobbit trilogy.
The Green Dragon Inn
A popular watering hole for residents of The Shire in The Hobbit. Totally one-upping the Denny's Hobbit-themed menu, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key recently cut the ribbon on the Green Dragon Inn, the newest site in Hobbiton — a 10-year-old film-set-turned-tourist-attraction Hobbit village located in Matamata, NZ. According to Sunshine Coast Daily, the Green Dragon is indeed a working pub built by an 80-person crew that will offer visitors a choice of beer, wine or cider. 1.4 kilometer from Hobbiton.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Home to the spider-like, light-producing larva (Arachocampa Luminosa) is a Glowworm species unique to New Zealand. To be what it is now, it took 24 million years to actually shape the caves through natural occurrences such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Mitai Maori Village Evening Tour
Traditional 'waka' or warrior canoe welcoming performance. Watch the lifting of the hangi during a feast served from the traditional ground oven. Explore the surrounding bush and see the magical glowworms. Learn about local Maori culture and watch the powerful Haka dance.
The only living geothermal Maori village in New Zealand.
Marvel at the geothermal wonders of the Pohutu geyser, steam vents and mud pools, and learn how they are used in daily life.
The Brook Bar and Bistro
A modern, stylish venue with a relaxed atmosphere and an extensive range of beer, wine, spirits and cocktails, in the centre of Ellenbrook.
Skyline Gondola and Luge Ticket
Spectacular views of Rotorua city on this gondola and out towards the geothermal areas and lakes from Mount Ngongotaha. Get the chance to spot amazing constellations in the clear New Zealand sky at nighttime.
Day 4 Highlights
Rotorua and Auckland
Huka Falls Jet Ride
Spin and speed your way to Huka Falls in a high-powered jetboat ride along the beautiful Waikato River.
Lakeland Queen Cruise
Enjoy your afternoon tea cruising on the scenic Lake Rotorua. The best seat and views of Lake Rotorua and surrounding geothermal areas. Relax and unwind and learn about the passing landmarks from your Captain's commentary.
Michelin-starred chef Josh Emett is at it again with Ostro bar and brasserie. Situated in Tyler Street’s Seafarers Building, Ostro is divided into two dining spaces. Ostro’s brasserie features sweeping views of Waitemata Harbour. Here, the menu celebrates fresh, seasonal ingredients and a large raw bar offers high quality seafood, straight off the boat. The more casual city terrace bar looks out to Britomart and the wider city and specialises in cocktails and a Mediterranean menu. Whether you’re out for date night, workday lunch or drinks with the girls, Ostro has you covered.
Waiheke Island is the third largest island in New Zealand in terms of population with 8,700 people. It is well known for its golden sand beaches and wine. The warm and dry weather is ideal to grow Bordeaux-style grapes.
One of Auckland's best restaurants, The Federal Delicatessen (the fed) is an Jewish-style deli that won't disappoint. Home of the three p's: pastrami, poutine, and pumpkin pie. P.S. For the best seats in the house, head outside and grab a table beneath the twinkling lights of Federal Street.