Going out to the top part of North Island can lead one to Kaitaia, a provincial town. Although seemed to be equipped with only the bare necessities, the place makes a great transit point to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach. Those looking for a low-key spot to relax in away from the hustle and bustle of big towns and technology can also turn to this area. Despite the remote location, it can be reached through Kaitaia Airport, which lies more or less 30 kilometres away from the town.
With two runways measuring about 4,600 ft and 4,190 ft, Kaitaia Airport accommodates small to medium-sized aircraft only. From here, tourists can connect to a number of select destinations, which makes it convenient to visit from the capital and back without having to endure long drives. Upon landing, tourists can then explore different parts in this spot at the North, which will let tourists gaze out along the waters of the Pacific.
Where to go
New Plymouth, lying in the shadow of Mt Taranaki, makes a fun destination for tourists out to enjoy some hiking and diving and then exchange ideas about the latest pieces gracing the local galleries. One can start with exploring Pukekura, which has 49 hectares of gardens, playgrounds, trails, and other natural landmarks. There is also the Puke Ariki (Hill of Chiefs) to check out, which has a library, a cafe, and a restaurant. A museum can also be visited here, which features a wide range of Maori artefacts, as well as colonial, mountain geology, and wildlife exhibits. Those interested in art can then venture to Govett Brewster Art Gallery, which presents contemporary local and international shows that often have an experimental bent.
From here, one can check out Hastings, the commercial hub of the eastern side of the North Island. It can be found near Hawke's Bay. One can view Te Mata Peak, which seems to rise dramatically from the Heretaunga Plains. Those venturing here can also check out the 98-hectare Te Mata Trust Park, while other sights await upon reaching the summit road, such as sheep trails, rickety fences, and more. After climbing up to the Peak, there is the oldest winery in New Zealand to visit. The Mission Estate Winery has a magnificently restored seminary, as well a long tree-lined driveway leading up the hill to a restaurant.
Tasmania, lying below Australia, is one of the often unnoticed attractions of this big continent. Those going here will have to book connecting flights from Auckland Airport. Upon arriving here, tourists can view wild nature sceneries and a variety of tasty dishes. Long known as the Apple Isle, the island features a number of fresh produce that makes eating a delightful activity – gooseberries, raspberries, pears, plums, walnuts, and many others. The craft beer scene also offers a bounty of options such as Moo Brew, Methode Tasmanoise, and more. Milk and several kinds of cheeses can also be tasted here, as well as a generous amount of seafood.
After eating out a lot, tourists can take sightseeing more seriously starting from Hobart, where the waterfront and Salamanca Place makes an intriguing spot. Salamanca Market on Saturdays is especially fun and then a drive to Mt Wellington, or a visit to MONA (Museum of Old & New Art), which is filled with various displays.
The lack of international flights also makes it necessary for tourists to connect from Auckland Airport to other major ports of entry in Malaysia, Thailand, or Singapore. After disembarking from the plane, flavourful food and tea can be enjoyed before setting forth on sightseeing. Its delicious, spicy food is a mouthwatering blend of various influences, which can delight tourists its variety. After eating one's fill of hoppers (crispy, bowl-shaped pancakes made with rice flour) and plates of different types of rice and curry, tourists can turn to the landmarks of Colombo, the capital of the country. The Old City Hall, a municipal building from the British era, as well as the area of the European-era Fort where one can now also look at modern structures from the World Trade Centre to the red-brick buildings of Cargills and Millers.
How to get out
Tourists going out of Kaitaia Airport can book connecting flights via Great Barrier Airlines to Auckland and Whangarei. Auckland Airport offers flights to a variety of domestic and international locations through various airlines going to different parts of Asia and the Pacific.
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