Links to photo galleries from a trip to the North Island & South Island of New Zealand in the SW Pacific Ocean.
Auckland City Tour - North Island, New Zealand
We spent our first few days in New Zealand at a hotel in the city center of Auckland exploring the various sites and attractions on foot.
Then we moved to a hotel located near the majority of the automotive dealerships in the city, rented a car to shop around, and finally purchased a used 1994 Toyota Carina in order to travel across the rest of the country.
Mercure Hotel - 8 Customs St. - Waterfront District, Auckland, New
Our first few nights in New Zealand were spent at the Mercure Hotel located in the waterfront district of the CBD at the intersection of Queen and Customs Streets.
The Mercure was convienently located near a "The Warehouse" store (inexpensive hiking boots), a Vodafone store (cell phone SIM cards) and many Auckland attractions.
Auckland Domain Park - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
The Auckland Domain is the city's oldest park and covers about 75 hectares or 185 acres of lush green land in the Grafton suburb.
Some of the attractions in the Auckland Domain park include the Winter Garden, the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Historic Gardens and the Duck Ponds.
Winter Garden - Auckland Domain Park - Auckland, North Island, New
One of my favorite attractions in the very large Auckland Domain Park is the Winter Garden enclosed in two greenhouses or "glasshouses" as they are known in New Zealand.
The Winter Garden is a delight for photographers who'd like to capture a wide variety of colorful and exotic flowers.
Parnell Suburb - Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
Parnell is the oldest suburb of Auckland with attractions that include the Nancy Steen Garden, The Rose Gardens, Dove Myer Robinson Park and the revitalized Parnell Village area.
Ibis Auckland Ellerslie Hotel - North Island, New Zealand
After a few days in the Auckland city center, we moved to the Ibis Ellerslie Hotel closer to the used car dealerships.
We ended up buying a red 1994 Toyota Carina ED with 240,000 kms on the odometer for $2,700 NZD.
Auckland Botanic Gardens - Manurewa Suburb, Manukau City, North
The Auckland Botanic Gardens is the last attraction we visited in the metropolitan area before driving down to find a vacation home in the relaxed Lake Taupo region of the North Island.
Craters of the Moon Geothermal Walk - Taupo, North Island, New
The Craters of the Moon geothermal attraction features walkways that pass by superheated steam vents, and bubbling mud pools.
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