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Oct 14, 2017 15:07 |  #1

I'll have a day each in Port Chalmers, Akaroa, Picton, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, and a couple of days in Auckland. I like landscapes, ships, and wildlife. Any advice welcome! This will be early December.


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Oct 16, 2017 03:44 |  #2

Just my rambling thoughts:

Port Chalmers - Royal Albatross Centre is worth a visit but you'd need to check if it's a good time of year to see any flying (as its a bit of a drive if there isn't any to see!) if not then the disappearing gun is interesting
(website here: http://www.albatross.o​rg.nz/fort-taiaroa/ (external link) ) Otherwise Larnoch Castle is also worth a look, it's really just a very large house but an old one at that.

Akaroa - Closest I've been to there is Christchurch but probably quite scenic in itself.

Picton - Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary is supposed to be quite nice although I haven't visited it (website here: http://www.kaipupupoin​t.co.nz/ (external link) ) The Marlborough Sounds are lovely scenery.

Wellington - Can be a lovely place on a fine day, but can be a touch windy also. Te Papa museum is worth a visit and you could do worse than wander around the waterfront for an hour or so.

Napier- some quite interesting art deco buildings & a nice walk along the waterfront. Some renowned wineries in the region worth sampling...

Tauranga - nice beaches & a climb up Mt Maunganui will get you some views of the place.

Auckland - west coast beaches are all great just be a bit careful if you're going in the water as there can be rips. Murawai has a great Gannet colony. Auckland museum has a fair bit of interesting things to see. The maritime museum might interest you also - maybe a trip around the harbour?. Trip up the Skytower will give you a view of the city centre & beyond.


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Oct 16, 2017 09:54 |  #3

Not been to the North Island myself, but I encourage any opportunity for a Maori cultural experience, for a bit different kind of photographic experience. We went to one on South Island, and it was indeed both insightful into the culture and entertaining.

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Oct 16, 2017 18:21 |  #4

Thank you both!!


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Oct 18, 2017 03:51 |  #5

Hope you enjoy your visit.
If the road between Picton & Kaikoura had been open (closed since an earthquake caused massive slips) you might have been able to get in some Whale watching.
From google maps the alternative route is 6 hours either way! they're hoping to have the road open by Xmas although haven't stated which year...


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Oct 19, 2017 02:58 |  #6

Capn Jack wrote in post #18472623 (external link)
I'll have a day each in Port Chalmers, Akaroa, Picton, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, and a couple of days in Auckland. I like landscapes, ships, and wildlife. Any advice welcome! This will be early December.

you haven't said how you are travelling

but going by your designated stops, it sounds like a cruise ship
pity your weren't doing a road trip
the mountain scenery in the central South Island is stunning


regardless, have an awesome time visiting my old home country :-)


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