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Auckland Restaurants Worth a Meal

There are many reasons why visitors are drawn to the picturesque metropolitan area of Auckland, New Zealand. Perhaps one of the main reasons is the abundance of activities awaiting all types of travellers, from backpackers to wealthy yacht owners. Sailing, horse-back riding, surfing, sky-jumping and shopping are only a few of the many activities Auckland has to offer, with Groupon Deals online making these activities even more affordable! Regardless of what brings visitors to this modern metropolis, they all seem to agree that food is something that deserves special attention. Following are some great places to eat in Auckland, New Zealand.

Harbourside Seafood Bar and Grill

Seafood enthusiasts will love this restaurant boasting the finest and freshest seafood in town. Located on the first floor of The Ferry Building, the Harbourside Seafood Bar and Grill offers breathtaking views in a relaxed setting. The restaurant’s a’ la carte menu offers a mouth-watery blend of exotic cuisines and an extensive wine list. Harbourside has been a finalist of Cuisine Magazine 2010 and has received a nomination in the Metro Restaurant of the Year Awards 2011.

SPQR Cafe’ and Bar

Located at 150 Ponsonby Rd, in Auckland, SPQR offers modern Italian cuisine in an almost New York style atmosphere. Diners may choose to enjoy their meals indoors surrounded by loud music and a lively atmosphere, or outdoors on the patio on lazy sunny afternoons. Casual diners will appreciate the variety of pizzas and pastas offered along with this location’s almost theatrical atmosphere which plays a part in the SPQR charm.

Mexicali Fresh

As the name implies, this restaurant aims to serve fresh Mexican meals. Located on Auckland’s waterfront, Mexiacali Fresh prepares home-made salsa, roasted meats and fried chips on a daily basis to offer diners the freshest and most flavorful meals possible. A nice array of maragaritas, tequilas and Mexican cerveza are also available.

The SKYCITY entertainment complex offers choice of several dining options for different tastes and budgets. Fast-food aficionados may always find a burger and fries at Burgerfuel, the Auckland fast-food chain with a healthy twist.

Sky Tower

Sky Tower, Auckand, New Zealand

The Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand is the 12th tallest tower in the world. Taking nearly 2 years to build it has a view on a clear day of up to 80km from its viewing decks. Their are a range of activities provided to participate in as well for a cost. Their is the “Sky Walk” and “Sky Jump”. The Sky Jump is a 200 meter fall from the top of the Sky Tower to the ground below. Prices for the Sky Jump are $225 but if you want to do both you can for a package deal of $290. The Sky Walk is a tour around the outside perimeter of the observatory decks. If you are afraid of heights it is a perfect place to break those fears that you are bound to.

Sky Jump Price

Sky Walk Price

The package deal to do both is $290(NZ).

Sky Tower Price
Adult: $28 (NZ)
Child: $11 (NZ)

General Facts

  • 12th tallest tower in the world.
  • It took a total of 2 years and 9 months to build the Sky Tower.
  • It weighs the same as about 6000 fully grown elephants.
  • The elevators travel at 18km per hour and are made of glass.

328 metres

Sunday – Thursday 8.30am – 10.30pm (last tickets sold at 10pm)
Friday & Saturday 8.30am – 11.30pm (last tickets sold at 11pm)


Glass Elevator Ride Down

Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo Bungy Jumping
Waikato River flowing from Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo sits in the middle of New Zealand’s North Island as is 616 square kilometers. It is New Zealand’s biggest lake and has a maximum depth of 186 meters. Popular sports on the lake include water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking, fishing. A popular tourist destination Lake Taupo was formed after a volcanic eruption. Hot springs and boiling mud can be found around the area as this part of New Zealand is still very volcanically active.

The volcanic eruption that formed the now Lake Taupo has said to of been so large that it turned the sky’s of Europe red. Ash has even been found in Greenland from the eruption.

616 square kilometers

Maximum Depth
186 meters

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rotorua

The Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley was created in 1886 by the eruption of Mount Tarawera on the North Island of New Zealand. The devastating explosion ripped the mountain in two and gouged a 17-kilometer rift across the landscape. Lake Rotomahana expanded to 20 times its former size in the wake of the cataclysm, and the seven craters that comprise the Waimangu geothermal utopia were created.

Waimangu is one of New Zealand’s premier tourist attractions and a must-do for any traveler interested in ecology and the environment. A visit to Waimangu is to see first-hand the raw and primeval beauty of Nature in all its glory. The rare botany and abundant fauna and fascinating geothermal features of these crater lakes offer a rare glimpse into the synergy created by the forces of geology and biology. Steaming fissures dot the fern-covered hillsides and the multi-colored waters of the crater lakes are shrouded in hot mists.

The Warbrick Terrace is a stunning formation of what looks like liquid multicolored rock. The Emerald pools are a lush green so vivid it’s a wonder that nature could produce it. Frying Pan Lake is the world’s largest hot spring and makes a constant popping that sounds like bacon frying in a pan. Echo Crater is true to its name as well, and strange and mournful sounds emanate from the springs and vents in the area.

Perhaps the highlight of Waimangu is the bold and vivid turquoise of Inferno Crater. The peaceful serenity of the sight is at odds with the fact that Inferno Lake is the world’s largest geyser, with intense geothermal activity brewing just beneath its placid surface.

The Waimangu Volcanic Valley is located just twenty minutes from Rotorua, New Zealand, where there are many accommodation venues that offer discounted eco-tours of this famous thermal wonderland. Don’t forget to inquire about low cost New Zealand travel insurance.


+64 (7) 366 6137

587 Waimangu Rd, Waimangu 3073, New Zealand

Hotel St George Accommodation

Hotel St George Accommodation - Room View, Wellington
Hotel St George Accommodation - Room, Wellington
Hotel St George Accommodation - Recreation Room, Wellington

The Hotel St George is located in the heart of Wellington City. Accommodations for both short term and long term stays are available. The longer you stay the more you save. The accommodation suits, backpackers, students and people generally looking for a good place to stay on a budget. The facilities are well looked after and it is a very social community.

Rooms/Building are complete with the following:

  • bed
  • beside table
  • desk & chair
  • draws and a wardrobe
  • Each level has a small kitchenette
  • Do your laundry washed and dried for $2
  • Main common area with pool tables and cable T.V.

The building is located to all major transports as well as the famous Wellington nightlife. Restaurants and the harbor are a stones throw away and so are all major supermarkets.

+64-4-470 7777




Seeing New Zealand for the First Time

Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
Nelson, New Zealand

New Zealand is a small island country in the South Pacific that is famous for its unique culture, breathtaking nature views and natural parks and lakes as well as a thriving museum and arts scene. New Zealand is also known for great local cuisine and a fantastic nightlife. The following guide will tell you everything you need to see as a first time visitor to the nation of New Zealand.
Most visitors arrive in the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland. Auckland has almost one and a half million people and is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the world. Known for having an incredibly clean environment and air, Auckland is a health nuts dream. Auckland is also the most important commercial city in all of New Zealand, and much of the commerce and business done in the country of New Zealand happens in Auckland. Along with a thriving and large business sector Auckland boasts the best nightlife on the island and if you have come to New Zealand to party and hang out at night Auckland is the city for you. There are also a number of culinary options in Auckland including a great deal of fare influenced by East and Southeast Asia, including Indonesian, Singaporean, Chinese, Indian cuisines among others. Auckland also has a number of restaurants that serve sheep and lamb from New Zealand and Australia, which many consider to be the finest in the world.

After leaving Auckland you should head to the Capital and third largest city in New Zealand, Wellington. Aside from being the head of the government of New Zealand Auckland is home to a fantastic cultural scene. One popular attraction is the Wellington Jazz Festival, which showcases Jazz from around the Pacific. Other festivals in town include the New Zealand International Film Festival as well as television, film, and literary awards dinners and shows. Wellington is known as the “best little capital” and while small, has a fantastic nightlife and pub scene. Going out for a drink is great fun in Wellington and the entire city is very visitor and tourist friendly.

After Wellington you should check out the many New Zealand locations that were used to film the popular Lord of the Rings Trilogy. There is a great deal of locations and you may want to see some or all of them. Mt Ruapehu was used as the evil “Mount Doom” which is a fiery volcano where the characters in the movie had to reach in order to fulfill their mission of destroying The One Ring. Also used in the movie are the green mountains and hills near the town of Matamata.

Queenstown is a also great place to visit in New Zealand, known as the outdoor sporting capital of New Zealand not only were a great deal of the most stunning scenes in the LOTR trilogy filmed here, a number of people from all over the world come to Queenstown to engage in outdoor and extreme sports, such as hang gliding, parasailing, mountain biking and much much more. For the outdoor oriented visitor to New Zealand Queenstown is a great place to visit. Queenstown also has an excellent set of restaurants for all of the hungry outdoorsmen.

Visitors to New Zealand have a great deal of options at their fingertips, and these are just a few recommendations of places to visit in New Zealand. Whether you want to be indoors or out, daytime or nighttime, New Zealand has something for you. Just browse through numerous New Zealand holiday packages and you are bound to find something of interest.

The Remarkables

The Remarkables, Queenstown
The Remarkables, Queenstown
The Remarkables, Queenstown

The Remarkables in Queenstown are one of the most popular ski fields in New Zealand. The Remarkables cater for all levels of skiing from beginner to expert. Access to The Remarkables base camp is easy. Directions are clearly signed and the local Queenstown tourism body are more than willing to help point you in the right direction.

If you are staying in Queenstown where most people will stay while skiing it is about a 40 minute drive to the mountain. There can be allot of traffic heading towards the mountain early morning so allow a little more time during peak season and peak hours.

About The Remarkables
1943 meters

Skiable Area
220 Hectares

Scheduled 18 June – 9 October 2011

Beginners 30%, Intermediates 40%, Advanced 30%

Operating Hours
9:00am to 4:00pm

Longest Run
Homeward Run – 1.5km

Mount Taranaki

Mount Taranaki

Mount Taranaki is an active volcano in Taranaki New Zealand. Known also as Mount Egmont. The mountain is 2518 meters high and forms Egmont National Park. The mountain is a local icon and can be seen from a majority of the regions that it surrounds. It was also the back drop to the file “The Last Samurai” which featured Tom Cruise.

Mount Taranaki’s eastern slopes are operated as the Manganui ski fields. Many people climb the mountain annually but it has also claimed the life’s of many hikers.



The Buffalo Club

The Buffalo Club, Queenstown

World renown in New Zealand the Buffalo Club in Queenstown is home to the Buff Ugly girls. Clear the table tops as these girls will rock to the beats on your table top. There is always something going on at this place and it is highly recommended. If you are heading to Queenstown make sure to pop in and say hi to the team. Just don’t plan anything for the rest of the day or night if you do.



Boogie Wonderland

Boogie Wonderland Nightclub, Wellington

The only place in Wellington where you won’t get frowned out for wearing your high heels and flared pants. The only authentic disco, pop club in Wellington it attracts a mix of generations. The perfect venue to host special occasions with in house DJ’s pumping out the tunes.

The dress code is fairly relaxed but they do expect you to dress tidily. If you don’t take care of your appearance then they assume you won’t take care if there environment so dress to impress people.

Thursday – 9pm until 4am
Friday & Saturday – 9pm until late