New Zealand - My Suggestions: Spend more time in the South Island then the North Island. South is much more prettier.
Travel Tip: If you have the time and the resources, my suggestion is to rent a Van and travel both the islands.
My New Zealand Trip Map, the red line in the map is from Auckland I flew to Queenstown. Click on the Pictures to Enlarge
I arrived in Wellington after 11 PM, probably the last flight coming in, the immigration office looked at me with suspension of being an immigrant to NZ although I am travelling on a USA passport, asked to see my return ticket, after a few questions and answers, I showed my itinerary of things to do and cities I am going to visit, which included bus times, flights, the whole 9 yards. Dude seemed impressed, said I was very organized, stamped my passport and off I went.
Outside the airport, a cold night, I caught which seemed to the last shuttle about to leave, 10 bucks to a 7 minute ride to my hotel.
Pictures of the city I took from Mt Victoria, Wellington
Taupo was a one day stop for me on my way to Auckland. Its a beautiful town on the shores of lake Taupo, the biggest lake in New Zealand. I leave you with some pictures.
Rotorua was a short Stop, if you are hungry, check out the Gold star bakery, just off the main road near the bus stop and tourist information center.
I spent 4 days in Auckland, the city sits on top of a volcanic field. One of the 4 days I spent in Rangitoto, a volcanic island near Auckland.
A volcanic island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand.
Coffee is Pretty Good in NZ
From Auckland, I took a cheap Flight to Queenstown.
For Some High Resolution Pictures I took while in New Zealand, Click Here
Pictures of Queentown Click Here.