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Lunch in the sun

Came had lunch nearby nice to have a walk around and check out the area. Plenty of gift shops in... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
587markd
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Melbourne, Australia
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Hub of a great city

This is where it is at. Lots of things to see and do and eat - galleries, shops, cafes and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jason_King1969
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Launceston, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful place, with a fabulous walk. As you moved around there are numerous small local businesses that you can support. Sadly some of the larger businesses decided that some of the smaller ones should have their hours severely cut. For me that...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came had lunch nearby nice to have a walk around and check out the area. Plenty of gift shops in the area overlooking the water and the boats.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is where it is at. Lots of things to see and do and eat - galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants. Also great paths to walk or ride along. And a great playground for the kids!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jason_King1969
Reviewed November 7, 2018

The Town Basin is the jewel in Whangarei's crown in the city centre. A great place to chill at a cafe or restaurant or get an icecream. The loop walk is an easy track and is used by loads of people, to walk run or...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ArrianeNC
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

Lots of gorgeous cafes, bars, markets and music. Often has live bands and lots to do. Wonderful place to visit, very picturesque.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LaurenT2563
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

Prob 5km loop around the bridges and along both sides of river but even the small stretch in town is great - art work playground and views cafes etc

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sunnyhamiltonnz
Reviewed October 14, 2018

The walk along the river is a wonderful place to take a break and walk the dog, though skittish animals may not appreciate that the walk is shared with children on skateboards...but it is a lovely walk with a wonderful set of informative plaques that...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Artisteyes
Reviewed October 2, 2018

This is a place where both locals and travelers can relax. There are a number of good restaurants and cafes here and public toilet facilities. You can sit and relax and watch the boats in the harbour or put on your walking shoes and walk...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank coasthoppa
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

We often visit here. Great atmosphere. Good for all ages. From the shops to restaurants to walking the full loop or just wandering along enjoying the boats or the sculptures! Would reccomend for all to see!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Annaliese S
Reviewed September 30, 2018

We went to park our motor home in a small freedom parking area in the town basin, which was a great find. It is a nice area to stroll around, and plenty of cafes to choose from. We hadn't been here for awhile, and it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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doooodles
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Hi all! I have been reading up alot on this thread, very excited to plan my trip to NZ in feb! The information shared by everyone here has been extremely helpful but overwhelming at the same time. I couldn't find a recent post about campervan hire companies thus, creating a new post. 1) Can someone recommend a small campervan hire for 2 please? We are looking to travel at the end of Feb for approx 30 days. Looked up Jucy but it was way off our budget and vroomvroomvroom has really bad...More
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I have quibbles. Day 5: Driving from Cape Reinga to Auckland will be a very long day of driving. Day 6: Why spend the night at Pinnacles Hut when you have a campervan? You'll need to bring your sleeping bag, food, at the very least. Check carefully for what the hut has and what you need to bring - is it worth it to you? Day 15: A very long day of driving. Punakaiki would be as far as I would want to go. Day 22: One or the other, you can't do both!
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Response fromzhuhai2007|
An awful lot of one night stays!! I think the "Hot Water Springs" you refer to are actually Hot Water Beach & I doubt you'd really enjoy the beach in June. The ocean will be freezing! Have you checked the tide chart to see what time you'd have to be there?
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Hi everybody, We're only 1 month away from our 29 day New Zealand trip, and hoping that it'll be the trip of our lifetime. We have only booked our flights (into Auckland, out of Christchurch) and a rental car. Some brief background: we arrive at the end of August, so the trip will mainly take place during early September. We plan to stay in hotels/B&B's (no camping, probably also too cold?). We enjoy the nature/scenery and are a little adventurous but not too much: probably, we will...More
July 30, 2018|
Response fromJohnEW2912|
Firstly I doubt that a crossing of Tongariro in early September would fit with your description of yourselves as a little but not too adventurous. A local will be along shortly with more definitive advice but I understand it is quite a serious undertaking in winter conditions. You can get Great Walk experience on both the Queen Charlotte Track and the Abel Tasman Track - both will be fine in September. Except that you won't have time for the former on Day 13. The ferry and drive to Nelson...More