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Auckland Transport – All of your Auckland bus and Train Info – Fullers ferry offers the best deals and tickets to Waiheke island, Rangitoto, Auckland harbour cruise – Car ferry to Waiheke Island or Great Barrier Island

Sights and Activities

Auckland Cycle Tracks – Whether you are planning to cycle to the shops, or just quietly explore Auckland on the weekend, there are plenty of places to ride.
Auckland Walking tracks – The Coast to Coast walk is a 16km hike across Auckland from one coast to the other, from the Waitemata to the Manukau. – The Museum tells the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. The Museum is a war memorial for the province of Auckland and holds one of New Zealand’s top three heritage libraries. It has pre-eminent Maori and Pacific collections, significant natural history resources and major social and military history collections, as well as decorative arts and pictorial collections. – The home of the visual arts in New Zealand. Enjoy exploring the collection of more than 15,000 artworks is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand, set in 17 hectares of lush parkland – They have over 130km of purpose-built mountain bike single track, loaded with more than 250 of our famous man-made features. They are located just 40 minutes from downtown Auckland and have over 50 hire bikes, an on-site mechanic service, pro-shop and cafe

Tramping and Camping – At Adventure Capital, They are dedicated to helping you experience a fantastic outdoor adventure holiday in New Zealand with a range of camping, tramping and mountain bike hire options from Auckland and Christchurch. – This Department of Conservation (DOC) site has information about the protection of New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage, how and where you can enjoy public conservation places and how to get involved in conservation.
Conservation Campsites – DOC manages vehicle or boat-accessible camping areas on conservation land. Discover their locations and facilities provided.


We can help you open your Nz bank account and also help you obtain your Ird No. (tax No.) and advise you where to start your job search

Buying a Vehicle

We have lots of experience in helping people with advise for buying vehicles in the right places and advise where not to buy vehicles and the time of year that you are wanting to buy, getting pre-purchase vehicle checks and providing vehicle insurance.

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Active Earth New Zealand

Active Earth is a tour company for adventurous people on holiday who want to go hiking, trekking or tramping downunder in New Zealand’s wonderful National Parks. We do other activities including paddling sea kayaks, caving, riding sandboards, mountain biking AND we relax beside campfires and just hang out in remote and beautiful wilderness areas of New Zealand.

Auckland Sea Kayaks

The safety and wellbeing of our staff, clients and the environment in which we operate are fundamental to our business. We are current members of the Sea Kayak Operators Association of New Zealand (SKOANZ); complying with their Code of Practice and Operating Procedures. We operate with Department of Conservation concessions and Auckland Council permits. We are active members of the Forest and Bird and work closely with regional environmental organisations.

Adventure Capital

At Adventure Capital, we’re dedicated to helping you experience a fantastic outdoor adventure holiday in New Zealand with a range of camping, tramping and mountain bike hire options from Auckland and Christchurch. We also offer daily bike hire in downtown Auckland – for just $20 you can hire a top quality mountain bike with helmet, cable lock and map and explore Auckland on your own timetable!

Indie Travel Podcasts and Books

The Indie Travel Podcast is all about independent travel – they have award-winning audio for your iPod (get it from iTunes), videos and stories. These Kiwis have been travelling full-time since February 2006, so they know their way around. Their New Zealand travel section can help you around here, while their range of travel ebooks has great travel advice for everyone.

The Park Travellers’ Lodge

The Park Travellers’ Lodge is situated at the gateway to both Tongariro National Park and Whanganui National Park. With the highest peak in the north island and the largest navigable river in New Zealand at your doorstep, The Park is a perfect home-base for guests in quest of outdoor adventure. Even our indoor décor proudly showcases the native Rimu wood!

The Park Travellers’ Lodge features many amenities including an onsite bar/restaurant and café, two outdoor spa pools, a 24-hour lounge complete with two fireplaces, an internet kiosk and a large satellite TV. Our relaxed atmosphere guarantees serenity after enjoying many of the outdoor activities available in the area, such as skiing on the slopes, a mountain bike ride, or a challenging day on the Tongariro Crossing. The Park has a wide variety of rooms, all en-suite, designed to suit travellers of all group sizes and needs. Dine with us at any time of the day in our café or restaurant and enjoy a taste of our savoury, affordable Spiral menu. Gaze into the mountains from our front patio, bask in the sun while lounging in our courtyard hammocks or relax with a DVD in our TV lounge; The Park is an ideal holiday spot for everyone!

The Blue Duck Lodge

Located in the Ruapehu District on the banks of the Whanganui and Retaruke Rivers, and surrounded by Whanganui National park, Retaruke Station is an outdoor enthusiasts playground!

The Blue Duck Lodge Group is involved in several conservation projects, Blue Duck preservation and historical building restoration. Please go to our links page to find out more.

Blue Duck Lodge Group’s priority is to work with stakeholders in preserving the area’s natural beauty while educating guests about Blue Duck, local native species and the history of the Whakahoro Valley.

In 2008 Blue Duck Lodges was the winner of two categories of the Ballance Farm Environmental Awards, Habitat Improvement and Innovation Categories.

Rainbow Lodge

Rainbow Lodge was purpose designed & built for the needs of travellers by Mark Dumble and Sue Mrozinski themselves seasoned travellers. They had spent several years on the world’s highways and by-ways and having accommodation experiences that are sometimes described as “Character Building” they settled in Taupo famous for its Rainbow Trout and beautiful scenery.

The hostel opened in 1984 and I took over in 2002 and I have been quietly refining Rainbow Lodge to meet the needs of today’s travellers!


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