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Things We Missed in New Zealand

Morepork at Tiritiri Matangi Island

There’s no way to learn everything about a place you’re traveling to. You just have to do your best to research it and hope you find people who write about the things you most want to see or experience. Here are some things that we missed in New Zealand, but it’s okay because I wouldn’t change how or what we did on our trip.

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New Zealand: Photos from the Ferry to Tiritiri Matangi Island

Tirtiri Matangi Ferry docked at the island

Tiritiri Matangi Island only allows 150 visitors a day to come to the open sanctuary. The ferry takes you there from Auckland and Gulf Harbor. The island and its tours are so amazing that we decided to become supporters. Additionally, every sale of “Polly Penguin Wants to Fly,” on this website or at Amazon, will generate a $1 donation for the work that Tiritiri Matangi is doing to protect native New Zealand species. To learn more about Tiritiri Matangi, check out our photos from the island and our tour review page.

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New Zealand: Photos from the Auckland Explorer Bus Tour

Auckland from Bastion Point

The Auckland Explorer Bus Hop on, Hop off tour gave us a chance to explore Auckland and find the things that we wanted to look more closely at. It also allowed us to check out the following places:

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New Zealand: Maungawhau and Mount Eden with Auckland Explorer Bus

A tree from Mount Eden in Auckland

We took a wrong turn, or rather didn’t take the right turn, when we got off the Auckland Explorer Bus Hop on Hop off tour. We decided to follow the bicycle route up the mountain instead of the vehicle route. The problem was that the bicycle route didn’t actually go up the mountain, and we found a foot path that was barred.

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New Zealand: Eden Garden with Auckland Explorer Bus

One of the birds that snacked with us at Eden Garden

Eden Garden in Auckland was our fourth stop with Auckland Explorer Bus Hop on, Hop tour. We got a discount on entry because we came with the Auckland Explorer Bus, but didn’t get to spend as much time in the gift shop as we wanted because we wanted to be able to hike up Mount Eden. We did eat at the cafe though.

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New Zealand: Wintergardens with Auckland Explorer Bus

The Cat who Played with the Sun, Auckland, Wintergardens

We spent a lot of time exploring the flowers in these greenhouses at the Wintergardens in Auckland. We even decided to eat at the cafe across the road. This was our third stop on the Auckland Explorer Bus.

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New Zealand: The Parnell Rose Gardens with Auckland Explorer Bus

Red flowers at Parnell Rose Garden

We used the opportunity to stop at the Parnell Rose Gardens and head down to Judges Bay. Stepping off the bus, the floral scent of the resident flowers was beautifully string. This was our second stop on the Auckland Explorer Bus Hop on, Hop off tour.

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New Zealand: Bastion Point with Auckland Explorer Bus

Auckland from Bastion Point

Our first stop with the Auckland Explorer Bus Hop on, Hop off tour was this Bastion Point overlooking the city of Auckland and Waitemata Harbor. It was windy, but beautiful.

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New Zealand: The Views from Auckland’s Orbit Restaurant in the Sky Tower

New Zealand Take the Auckland Explorer Bus to Get Acquainted

Orbit is Auckland’s revolving restaurant inside the Sky Tower. We were able to get lunch as part of our Aucky Walky tour. The Sky Tower is said to be the tallest building in the southern hemisphere.

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