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Help Me, Help Me - I’m a parent?!?!?!?

You’ve run out of ideas, the weekend is coming up and you’ve got that birthday to plan. OMG! The holidays are coming up and they’ll be home for two weeks. Aaargh! Don’t worry you’ve come to the right place! At LetsGoKids we’ve done the hard yards, kicked the tyres, found the best spots to eat and play, where to shop, what to see and even where to stay! We’ll let you know what’s on and where, how much it is and try to help the budget with some special deals and vouchers! There are also puzzles, games, competitions and even birthday party ideas to keep the kids entertained.

Travelling over to Aussie???

We’ve got that covered too! Check www.letsgokids.com.au to find out all the things for families in WA, VIC, NT, TAS and in May ‘14 – The Gold Coast and Brisbane. Order these books online or check the distribution list to see where to get one from when you land! Check us out online with updated events, deals and specials. Don’t forget to follow our tips and ideas on Twitter (@LetsGoKidsNZ) and Facebook! Also make sure you sign up for our FREE monthly E-newsletter at www.letsgokids.co.nz – It has great tips and events, stories, reviews, competitions, giveaways and games.

The LetsGoKids smartphone app is here!!! Take us with you everywhere you go! Loaded with all the latest events and deals, there’s even vouchers for discounts and GPS mapping to get you there- It’s free to download at www.letsgokids.com.au/app

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Banks: ASB Bank / ANZ / Westpac / Bank of New Zealand - Mon to Thurs: 9:30am – 4pm (some open until 5pm M-F) Saturday: Westpac: Albany, 9:30am – 4pm ANZ: Q&V Branch 9am – 4.30pm BNZ: Q&V Branch 9am – 3pm Sunday: Westpac: Albany: 10am – 3pm

New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). In Summer, New Zealand uses ‘Daylight Saving’, with clocks put forward one hour to GMT +13. Daylight saving begins on the last Sunday in September and ends on the first Sunday of the following April, when clocks are put back to GMT+12.

Currency: 5, 10, 20, 50 cents, 1 & 2 dollar coins. 5, 10, 20, 50 & 100 dollar notes. Credit Cards: Visa and Mastercard are accepted at most places, Amex & Diners Club in some places.

Weather New Zealand has a temperate climate with moderately high rainfall and many hours of sunshine. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C (14°F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures. The average New Zealand temperature decreases as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30ºC (70-90°F) and in winter between 10-15ºC (50-60°F).

Public and School Holidays (2014)

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New Years Day Day After New Years Day Anniversary Day Waitangi Day Good Friday

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Easter Monday ANZAC Day Queen’s Birthday Labour Day Christmas Day Boxing Day

School Holidays in 2013/2014 Summer Easter Autumn Spring

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Emergency – Phone 111 Emergency Numbers: Police, Fire & Ambulance ................................................. 111 Kids Help Line ................................................ 0800 54 37 54 Interpreter Service.............................................04 384 2849

Important phone numbers: Airports: Auckland .................................................................. 9-275 0789 Hamilton .................................................................. 7-848 9027 Rotorua ..................................................................... 7-345 8800

Hospitals Auckland City Hospital 2 Park Rd, Grafton, Auckland 09 367 0000 Waikato Hospital Corner Selwyn and Pembroke Street, Hamilton 07 839 8899

Tauranga Hospital Cameron Rd, Tauranga 07 579 8000 Rotorua Hospital 20 Pukeroa St, Rotorua 3010 07 348 1199

Tourist Information Centres Auckland 137 Quay Street, Princes Wharf Ph: 09 367 6009 Hamilton Cnr Caro and Alexandra Streets Ph: 7-839 3580

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Rotorua 1167 Fenton Street Ph: 07 348 5179 Waitomo 21 Waitomo Caves Rd Ph: 07 878 7640

Taupo Tongariro Street, Taupo Ph: 07 376 0027 Whakatane Cnr Kakahoroa Dve and Quay St Ph: 07 308 6058

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Auckland Auckland is an awesome place any time of year, with sooo many options to keep the family entertained in our great town. From the city to the beach and the harbour, to the nearby hills or just at the local park, there is plenty of open space to run, play, swim, boat or picnic!

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So much of Auckland is set up for the outdoor lifestyle and we’ve gone and found the activities, the events, the deals and specials, and those parks and attractions you didn’t know about. So get the troops together, take advantage of our vouchers and offers in the book and online, sign up for our enewsletter, download the app to stay “in the know” and just get out there and DO IT! Have Fun - The LetsGoKids Team

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Taking a ferry across to Rangitoto and climbing (or catching a ride) to the summit – one of the world’s great views. Visiting Kelly Tarletons and checking out the penguins. Going on a whale and dolphin cruise (the kids will love it) Voucher p.23. Catching a ferry to Devonport and checking out the parks and quaint cafes. Grab a bite to eat. Observing the universe at Stardome observatory. They have great family events (www.stardome.org.nz) Viewing Auckland in 360° from the Sky Tower. Paying 50c to hop aboard the red “CityLink” bus for a cheap sightseeing tour of the city. Checking out NZ’s yachting and maritime history at the Voyager Maritime Museum. Take a “selfie” under the famous yacht (Voucher p.6). Skiing at Australasias’s only indoor snow play facility at Snowplanet (Voucher p.23). Exploring some waterfalls in the nearby Waitakere Ranges. Attending a rugby game (or cricket) at the iconic Eden Park – the spiritual home of Kiwi Sport. Walking the coastal path containing numerous playgrounds. Climbing to the top of Mt Eden or one of the other city volcanoes for some awesome views. Investigating how things work at MOTAT Stepping back in time at Howick Historical Village. See how life used to be.

Spend a huge fun day at Auckland Zoo. It’s the home of the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand. Set in 17 hectares of lush parkland and just minutes from central Auckland, there is masses to see and do every day of the year. Enjoy animal encounters, behind-the-scenes experiences and much, much more!

Photo: Chris McLennan

aucklandzoo.co.nz | information +64 9 360 3805

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Who said “You don’t get something for nothing?”

Let LetsGoKids show you how to spend a day or even a week in and around Auckland “on the cheap”, where you can see and do lots …. And spend nothing! (or just a little). So what are you waiting for?

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Spend 50c to board the red coloured “City Link” public bus that will take you to all the main points of the CBD so you can get your bearings. Take a walk through the Auckland Domain and check out the Duck Ponds and vast open spaces. This was Auckland’s first water supply

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Auckland’s Art Gallery offers FREE daily tours..

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Grab a picnic and head to Cornwall Park – It is a working farm with grazing sheep and cattle in the parkland. You wouldn’t think you were 15mins from the CBD!

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Did You Know Rangitoto is the youngest and largest of Auckland’s 48 volcanic cones, and is home to the world’s largest pohutukawa forest. 5.

Manakau Heads Lighthouse at the tip of Awhitu Peninsula is FREE to enter and climb to the top of (Donation appreciated).

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View the huge gannet colony at Muriwai Beach. Over 2000 birds reside here. Viewing platforms allow you to get up close & personal.

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Climb to the top of Mt Eden, the highest point in Auckland. Take a look at the 50m deep crater. The views are super!

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Auckland War Memorial Museum tells the tale of Auckland’s history and cultural heritage. Open daily with cultural performances (some cost – www.aucklandmuseum.com)

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Take a walk through the Wynyard Quarter. Check out the boats, the statues and they have an awesome playground.

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Discover Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour aboard Voyager’s sailing vessel Ted Ashby. Second free sailing must be of equal or lesser value and used for the same trip. Coupon must be presented at check in. Sailing T&Cs apply. Bookings essential. Valid until Feb 2015

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14. Climb to the top of North Head and explore the WWII tunnels and gun placements. Photo courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

15. Take a trip out to the Botanic Gardens. Programmes and tours run regularly www.aucklandbotanicgardens.co.nz 16. Head down to the Ferry Terminal on Quay St opposite Princes Wharf and watch the ferries come and go. Better still go for a ride on one (costs a little). 10. The city hosts markets at Britomart and “K” Rd on Saturdays. Browse for a bargain or grab something fresh and tasty for lunch. 11. Check out p.44 and find out what is happening this week in the “City of Sails”. Auckland has some great events and most are free! 12. Walk up to the Sky Tower and watch the daredevils try the “Sky Walk”. 13. Stroll the maritime village of Devonport and check out the quaint shops and cottages. There is also a small maritime museum.

17. Go for a drive along the beach road from Downtown Auckland to St Helliers through Mission Bay. You’ll pass lots of playgrounds, mini golf courses, beaches, kayak and bike hire places. It’s great people watching as well. 18. Go to the races at Avondale or Ellerslie racecourses. It’s FREE.

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Walk to the summit of Rangitoto, the black lava volcanic island in the middle of the inner Hauraki Gulf. Hire a kayak and join an evening paddle to the island.

VISIT THE ICONIC

Sky Tower Auckland just isn’t complete without it! • The tallest man-made structure in New Zealand standing 328 metres tall • Enjoy a ride up the glass fronted lifts • Magnificent 360-degree views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction

VISIT skytower.co.nz or CALL 0800 759 2489

Sky Tower may be closed from time to time due to adverse weather conditions.

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Play/Party Auckland’s sensational weather means we can spend lots of time enjoying the great outdoors! You can play, walk, run, swim, climb, ride or picnic, get up close and personal with animals and even sit still and watch the world go by. We’re blessed with choices and here are a few of our favourite parks… Auckland Rainforest Auckland is one of the only places outside the tropics where rainforest exists. The rainforest of the Waitakere Ranges is an ecological masterpiece situated only 24 km west of the CBD. It has 250 km of walking trails that take you through native tress to streams, waterfalls and rugged beaches. Some trees are 600 years old!

Cornwall Park Tranquil Cornwall Park, with its fine specimen trees, farm animals, bird life, picnic spots and panoramic views from the summit of Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill Domain. Visit the Cornwall Park Information Centre and Education Centre open daily. 10am-4pm FREE ADMISSION

Cornwall Park open daily, 7am till dusk (closing times on gates). Greenlane West, Greenlane, Auckland www.cornwallpark.co.nz Ph: 09 630-8485

Auckland Domain The Domain is Auckland’s oldest park and has plenty of open space and greenery. It is home to the War Memorial Museum. It has duck ponds, natural springs, and large trees which make it a great spot for a family picnic close to the CBD. Ambury Regional Park Ambury is located in Mangere Bridge and is actually a working farm. It has an education centre and plenty of spots for bird watching. You can stroll the paths and check out the farm animals.

Snowplanet indoor snow play park is

perfect no matter what the weather. It houses a ski slope with two pomas, a terrain park for the more adventurous, and a snow tube area. The cafe is set up as a traditional lodge. Lessons and gear are available. Great fun!

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Guided Tours and Cultural Performances Free for children with accompanying parents

Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Bay of Islands

www.waitangi.org.nz

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Play/Party Western Springs This park has been an Auckland family favourite for years. Feed the ducks, ride your bike around the lakes or play on the great playground. Close to Auckland Zoo too. Botanic Gardens – Manurewa A great place to get away from it all. This quiet space has the Potter Children’s Garden, with has lots of interesting exhibits to engage the kids and to stimulate their imagination. Cornwall Park – Greenlane Located close to the city with grazing animals. There is a large playground, flying fox, plenty of space and a cafe to replenish the energy levels. The Stardome Observatory & Planetarium are located here too.

Playgrounds Olympic Park – New Lynn 17 minutes from the CBD, it has lots of open space, walking trails, sculptures, streams, rope climbing frames, traditional swings and a large sandpit. Owairaka Park – Mt Albert This is a new park that is well frequented. It has a skate park, volleyball court, bike track, flying fox, some climbing walls as well as traditional playground equipment. Definitely a new age park!

INDOOR SKATE, SCOOTER AND BMX PARK! Professionally built ramps and structures, a massive foam pit and great on location shop and workshop!

INDOOR TRAMP PARK! Flip, Bounce, Jump! Professionally built floor tramps, wall tramps, massive foam pit, raised platforms, walls and structures!

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Play/Party Barry Curtis Wetland Playground – Flatbush An unusual playground in the traditional sense, it has two birds’ keeps 3m off the ground accessed by ladders! Well worth a look! Snakes & Ladders – Farm Cove Next door to Pakuranga Sailing Club, it is a giant snakes and ladders game set into a hill. Spin the dice at the bottom and climb up the stepping stones. If you land on a ladder, climb up - if you land on a “snake”, (which is a wiggly slide), you slide down. A great twist on an old favourite.

Rainbows End is the iconic theme park, that has something for everyone. Easily accessed by freeway or public transport, there are scream rides for the thrill seekers and dedicated areas for the toddlers. They even have night activities now! Schnapper Rock – Albany The best thing about this is the water play equipment. Children get to use a hand pump to activate the water sequence down the manmade creek bed. Something different! Heron Park – Avondale Spacenet, flying fox, swings, slides all on soft fall rubber – Great fun! Wynyard Quarter – CBD Down by the wharf area, this new playground is themed around the sea and it will capture the kids imagination. It’s close by to cafes too, so you can grab that latte whilst the kids play!

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Play/Party Beaches – Aaah – This is what I’m talkin’ about bro!! Auckland and the North Island have some of the most pristine, white (and black) sand ocean strips anywhere in the world. The entire City of Auckland is surrounded by beaches, and add to that the nearby islands, and you have plenty of choice to frolic down by the sea. (The water can be a bit chilly though!). Mission Bay Close to the CBD and with the convenience of shops, cafes and restaurants nearby. This is perfect when the kids just have to get their feet wet! Takapuna A long wide beach that is bordered by grassy areas with all the amenities. Go for a walk, have a game of cricket or touch - this has room for everyone. Parking is a bit scarce. Piha Beach This is one of Auckland’s famous BLACK sand beaches. Located in the Waitakere Ranges, it is a popular swimming beach. The scenery is awesome. Cornwallis Beach In the same area as Piha, Cornwallis is a safe swimming spot for families. Great picnic spot. Waiheke Island Waiheke has some great beach spots, and all are relatively quiet. For families try Little Oneroa, which offers safe sheltered swimming and is close by to shops. Palm Beach has clam waters, a playground (when beach boredom sets in) and has shops nearby.To the south of the island, Whakanewha Bay offers picnic areas and safe, shallow swimming.

Looking to play a sport? Find some helpful contacts below! New Zealand Football - www.nzfootball.co.nz Touch New Zealand www.touchnz.co.nz - 0800 86824 69 New Zealand Rugby League www.nzrl.co.nz - 09 525 5592 New Zealand Rugby Union www.nzrugby.co.nz - 04 499 4995 New Zealand Netball www.mynetball.co.nz - 09 623 3200 Auckland Cricket www.aucklandcricket.co.nz - 09 815 4855 Hockey New Zealand www.hockeynz.co.nz - 09 630 2932 Auckland Little Athletics www.athleticsauckland.co.nz - 09 525 6903 Swimming New Zealand www.swimmingnz.org.nz - 04 560 0345 Tennis New Zealand www.tennisnz.com - 09 528 5428 Basketball New Zealand www.basketball.org.au - 04 498 5950

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Shop Stroll Queen St, visit weekend markets in the suburbs or visit the large malls or outlet stores. Whatever you are looking for, Auckland has it! Most shops are open 9am-5.00pm on weekdays, with many offering late night shopping on Thursday or Friday. Saturday shopping normally runs from 9am until 1pm, although many shops stay open all day. Sunday shopping is becoming more widespread with most shopping precincts and malls open all day. Markets: City Farmer's Market Sat 8.30am - 12.30pm. Britomart, Cnr of Galway & Gore Sts, Downtown Auckland. Otara Market: One of the biggest markets in the country. Every Sat morning, 6am-12pm.Newbury Lane, Otara. Takapuna Markets: Sun 6am - 12pm Corner Lake Rd and Anzac St. Avondale Sunday Market: Every Sun, 7am-midday Avondale Racecourse, Ash Street entrance. Shopping Precints: Ponsonby Rd: It's where the beautiful people go to be seen; it's also the best place in town to people watch. The Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop, have a wonderful range of New Zealand children's books. Parnell Village: Charming colonial-style shops and elegant cafés and restaurants. Newmarket: New Zealand's fashion capital and accessible by train.... for the very best in fashion style and design. Devonport: This seaside village is great to browse,with its galleries, craft and antique shops. Stay and have lunch at one of the many cafes. Clevedon: South of Manukau, this pretty rural town is known for its cafés, crafts and souvenir outlets, with a market day on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Shopping Complexes: Sylvia Park - Mt. Wellington Westfield St Lukes - Mt. Albert Westfield - Newmarket Westfield - Albany

The Fairy Shop is excited about its latest great addition: our Fairy Café. Open seven days, 9.30-4.30, with great coffee, a delicious selection of treats, platters for kids and of course kid-friendly Fairy Shop staff. Highchairs, toy box and loads of fairy fun. 79 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland, Ph: (09) 360 1560

www.thefairyshop.co.nz

Westfield - Manukau Botany Town Centre - Howick Outlets: 7 Triton Ave, Albany, North Shore: A selection of Outlet stores all in the one spot, you'll find a range of clothing & homeware stores including Ice Breaker. Dress-Smart Onehunga: Dress-Smart is NZ's largest factory outlet centre with everything from fashion and footwear to books and music. Westgate Outlet Centre: is across the road from its big brother mall, specialising in casual clothing outlet stores. It’s open daily 10am—5pm. Fernhill Drive, Massey.

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Eat Auckland has an abundance of casual eateries and cafes that are perfect for families. Lots of them have playgrounds and even activities to occupy the kids whilst you enjoy a cuppa or meal. We’ve done our homework and come up with a selection, to make sure the next time you go out for a bite to eat or a catch up with friends, that there is something to keep the kids entertained too! Valentines- Buffet restaurant offering an entertainment room for kids, online kids club and where you can dine FREE on your birthday (bring some proof of ID).These are all through the Suburbs. Denny’s- All throughout the suburbs, you are sure to find a meal to match everyone's mood. Cheap too!

Cobb and Co (see opposite)- A favourite of many generations of New Zealanders, it has something for everyone, in a relaxed atmosphere La Porchetta Auckland-wide: Few restaurants are as family-friendly as La Porchetta.The food is great and there are fun games for kids to play and pictures for them to colour in. Cornwall Park Garden Restaurant is only a short drive from the freeway at Greenlane, set in the grounds of one of Auckland’s most stunning parks. It has a dedicated kid's menu in a great setting. Cafe Windsor is a Mairangi Bay cafe in the heart of the North Shore. It has a fully fenced outdoor kids play area. Fernielea Licensed Cafe: This child friendly Coatesville cafe offers an exciting outdoor playground and sandpit area, toys, children’s books, and a kids menu Circus Circus will keep the kids fascinated and amused. Winner of the best family restaurant awards for 3 years running, it is a breakfast, lunch and dinner option. 447 MtEden Road.

back from the beach, it caters to both family groups and those out for a sophisticated night. Mission Bay: Another seaside suburb, it has a bustling café culture alongside some of the best restaurants and bars Auckland has to offer. If the kids won't sit still, grab some good old Kiwi fish 'n chips or a wood fired pizza plus an ice cream and go sit on the beach! Ponsonby Road: It's the place to be seen during the day for brunch, lunch or shopping.The kids will love The Fairy Shop- perfect for that babycino! "K" Road: Just around the corner from Ponsonby Rd and a 5 minute walk up Queen St from Aotea Square is K' Rd. If you want cheap and cheerful, you'll find it here Don't forget the arcades – there are cafes and food halls tucked away that are kind to the wallet. Finding them is part of the fun!

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Visit - Hamilton Just south of Auckland lies the Waikato region; a land of lush pastures and fertile soils with Hamilton at its centre. It is New Zealand’s largest inland city, situated on the banks of the Waikato River, the country’s longest river at 425km. The city of Hamilton itself is flat and easily accessible on foot. There are many walking trails beside the river and the well laid out and manicured lawns and gardens are a feature. Whilst in town visit the Zoo (see below), the Botanic Gardens and the well regarded Waikato Museum that has special children’s galleries and events (www.waikatomuseum.org.nz). If you’re a Tolkien fan, drive east to Matamata and visit Hobbiton Movie Set, the amazing Hobbit-sized village created for the movies.

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Under the green hills of this region lies a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers known as Waitomo.

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When James Cook arrived in 1769, he anchored off a great bay ‘full of plantations and villages’ that was, he noted ‘a bay of plenty’. The Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, is no less plentiful today. Mount Maunganui, a short distance from Tauranga, has spectacular beaches which are a magnet for surfers all year round.

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Tauranga is the main centre of the Bay of Plenty region and is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Located at the entrance to one of the largest natural harbours in New Zealand and situated beside the magnificent Mauao (Mount Manganui). The harbour hosts many cruise ship visits each summer and is popular with windsurfers, jet skiers and all those who love water activities. Two large marinas hold over 1000 yachts . Downtown Tauranga has several historically significant areas to view during a scenic walk around the area. The Strand waterfront area has undergone a major redevelopment in the past few years, and the changes include a children’s play area with water feature, seating areas and cultural artwork. “The Mount” is the colloquial name for Mount Maunganui, a beach town that occupies a peninsula at the southern end of Tauranga Harbour. The peninsula is actually a huge sandbar, with a sheltered bay on the inner harbour side and a magnificent surf beach on the ocean side. You can’t take a trip to The Mount without taking advantage of its no.1 natural attraction - Head up the Mount for amazing views . With an average walking time of about 30-45 minutes to the top – why not take a picnic? They even have benches too!

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Mount Maunganui is one of those places that is just perfect for families. On the ocean side is the famous Mount Maunganui surf beach. This stretch of stunning beach hosts everything from surf-lifesaving events to beach volleyball and sand castle building. The beach is patrolled by Surf Lifeguards during the busy summer months. Ocean Beach extends to Papamoa to the south and offers more beautiful rolling waves and miles of golden sand beach. The beach is accessible from many points along the costal main road, and unlike similar beaches around the world, you will always find a large stretch of sand to spread out and spend the day.

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Situated at the base of Mauao are the Mt Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools, the country’s only geothermally-heated hot salt water pools. The complex features several spa pools,

two larger pools plus a children’s play area. On the opposite side of Mauao is the sheltered harbourside of Pilot Bay, which is a launching pad for boats and kayaks. It’s also a shallow swimming spot ideal for families with young children.

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Fast Fact Mount Maunganui has a good number of cruise ships visits (36 in the 2010/11 season); even though it is the port of Tauranga, the port is on the Mount side of the harbour.

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The Elms Mission House & Gardens Take a journey back to the early 19th Century and discover one of the most treasured historic sites in New Zealand – The Elms. Explore our beautifully preserved Mission House (1847) and Library (1838), enjoy our gardens and discover what life was like on an early mission station. Opening hours: House and Library open Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm, weekends and public holidays 2pm-4pm. Groups and schools welcome (booking essential). Venue available for weddings and ceremonies.

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Visit - Mt Maunganui & Tauranga Area Waihi Beach is a popular destination with holidaymakers, thanks to 9 kms of sandy white beach and quiet lifestyle.

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The township itself has a number of accommodation options , the best being The Top 10 Holiday Park (see opposite) -it’s awesome for families! There’s a daily bus service between Tauranga and Waihi Beach. The main street includes cafes and takeaways. From the northern end of Waihi Beach you can access the beautiful Orokawa Walkway. This 8 km walkway offers fantastic views and winds along the coastline to Orokawa Bay and further up to Homunga Bay, which are both secluded beaches that are great spots for a picnic.

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Katikati is known as ‘mural town’. It is a small settlement unlike any other. It gets its name from the 47 murals and sculptures that you can see along the main street, turning this quiet little town into a permanent open air art gallery! Visit KatiKati Bird Gardens (see above) for a fun, relaxing day out that the whole family will love. Enjoy lunch on the café terrace while the children hand-feed the friendly ducks and peacocks.

Waihi is a quiet town with a fascinating past (and industrious present!) steeped in gold and silver mining (see below). Amongst the gold-mining relics and open-pit mining operations you will find it the perfect base for all the outdoor activities - be it bushwalking, mountain-biking or beach going. Karangahake Gorge is a key drawcard to Waihi: a fascinating and enjoyable combination of local history and natural features. Follow one of the many walking tracks to experience old mining tunnels, swing bridges, and the beautiful scenery.

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Visit - Rotorua

Rotorua is perhaps most famous though for three things – its geothermal activity, its adventure activities and for being the heartland of the Maori culture. The smell of sulphur in the air is the first sign that you’ve arrivec in Rotorua. The second is the wisps of steam that you notice escaping out of vents, grates and holes in the ground virtually everywhere. Don’t worry – you soon get used to the smell!!!

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Rotorua is part of the Volcanic Zone, a geothermal field that extends from White Island through to Mt Ruapehu on the south side of Taupo. It provides erupting geysers, bubbling mud pools and naturally heated mineral waters that are said to have great healing properties. Spa baths are everywhere and the Polynesian Spa and Blue Baths have family heated pools. The beautiful Government Gardens are a mixture of Maori and English culture that contain the Rotorua Museum which tells the history of the area, and they cater for kids (voucher opposite).

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Lake Tarawera, meaning “Burnt Spear” is one of New Zealand’s largest lakes

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Rotorua is located about 3 hours drive from Auckland on the shores of the surprisingly named – Lake Rotorua! The area abounds with 16 large lakes such as Rotoiti and Tarawera, so water activities like cruising, sailing and kayaking are everywhere.

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New Zealand’s Most Awarded Cultural Experience! Step into a traditional Maori Village deep within an ancient Tawa forest. Experience a 3 ½ hour evening of ceremonial ritual, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & hangi feasting followed by dessert! Pickup and drop-off included from Rotorua accommodation. Tamaki Maori Village 1220 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua Ph: 07 349-2999 bookings@maoriculture.co.nz www.tamakimaorivillage.co.nz Bookings essential. Open everyday except Xmas Day.

Rotorua is the ancestral home of the Te Arawa people who settled there over 600 years ago and their presence today offers visitors many different cultural experiences.

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The local Maori community share their culture, music, history, dance, customs, art and language through various villages and shows that are fantastic for families. Kids will love the traditional dance and to see the “hangi” cooking in the ground and then sampling it at one of the cultural evenings. There are many to choose from. We say Tamaki Brothers (See on page) and Mitai (p.30) are best and each experience is different - Do both!

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At Whakarewarewa - The Living Thermal Village, the people have been hosting and welcoming visitors into their homes and backyards since the early 1800’s, demonstrating the utilisation of the natural geothermal wonders for cooking, bathing and everyday living.

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THE ERUPTION OF MT TARAWERA In the early hours of the morning of June 10 1886, the Tarawera range was erupting. At 12:30am the first earthquakes were felt. People throughout the area were jolted awake as earthquakes became increasingly powerful. By 2.30am its three peaks were erupting, with columns reaching thousands of metres into the sky. Destructive, hurricane force winds developed as the eruption columns sucked in air from the surrounding countryside. Violent electrical storms above the eruption columns blasted into the night sky, with water vapours poured out by

the eruption causing torrential rains. The final length of the craters was a massive 16-km long. The death toll is not known exactly but some 150 people are believed to have died that night. For the surviving local Maori, the eruption was devastating. Their ancestors' remains were destroyed, many of their people were killed and their lands and livelihood were metres deep in mud and ash. In addition, the amazing Pink and White Terraces - recognised as the eighth wonder of the world - were completely destroyed.

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Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park is the only TOP 10 Holiday Park centrally located, just a short 1km walk to the city centre. New Mineral Pools now open for all guests to use for FREE! Situated in the heart of the holiday park, surrounded by over 250 beautiful native plants and a gorgeous night time illuminated boardwalk. Great for all members of the family all year round.

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Rotorua The geothermal field that Rotorua sits on holds special spiritual significance for the Maori people who believe they are guardians of it for future generations. Where to see Rotorua’s geothermal wonders? Brilliant colours are a feature of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland’s Artists Palette and Champagne Pool. Lady Knox Geyser erupts every day high into the air. Visit the amazing Waimangu Volcanic Valley which is the youngest geothermal eco-system in the world with the largest hot water spring - 3.8 hectares - called Frying Pan Lakes. It was formed in the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886. Watch the farmed Pohutu Geyser, the undisputed star of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, erupt up to 20 times a day to heights of 30 metres at Te Puia. Hell’s Gate is New Zealand’s most active geothermal reserve with the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere and the only geothermal mud baths in New Zealand.

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Fast Fact Rotorua Museum was finally completed as a heritage building (origins in the 20th century) in 2011. Learn the history of the Te Arawa people, the orginal inhabitants of Rotorua. Other galleries host a rich programme of local, national and international art exhibitions and shows.

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Just 5 minutes from the centre of town, the 5600ha Whakarewarewa Forest (or “The Redwoods” as it is known to the locals), is a beautiful forest area full of walking trails, horse riding paths and mountain biking areas. People flock from all over the world to ride the mountain bike trails as the experts agree that this is mountain biking nirvana! The range of hills and flats provide challenges for both beginners and experts.

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If you love the outdoors this area is for you. 5600 hectares of forest awaits you to enjoy and explore at your leisure. With 100km of mountain biking and walking tracks for all levels of fitness, orienteering, kids discovery trails, picnic spots and panoramic views. Only 5 minutes drive and on the main bus route from the city centre, entry to the forest is free.

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the world’s highest commercially raftable waterfall at 7m high. There is family rafting and kayaking in more sedate spots though! At Agroventures (See ) you can fly unattached like a parachutist on the Freefall x Treme, take a ride on a death defying jet sprint boat (hang onto your hat), try and rack up the fastest time on the strange human powered monorail – The Shweeb – (it’s like cycling but you’re hanging from a rail), or strap yourself into the Swoop and scream away. Just on the outskirts of town, Rotorua Canopy Tours (See below) takes you on an exciting and unique journey through the treetops of native New Zealand forest. Combining a mixture of ziplines, swing bridges, tree platforms and trails, it is a wonderful small group experience and great for families.

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Visit - Rotorua Rotorua also has some pretty cool family activities that don’t involve mud, steam or culture. They are great for all ages and most particularly are enjoyable for all member of the family. Playtopia is Rotorua’s largest indoor adventure playground for children aged 0-12 years. We are passionate about making children smile through play, birthdays, disco's and friendships. The all-weather playground is a kid’s dream, with hours of fun on inflatable’s, slides, bikes and more! Parents can relax and enjoy a hot coffee while watching their children play or take a few hours break and utilize our trusted Drop Off service. Tel (07) 350 1341, 2 Ti Street, Rotorua

NZ Mini Golf (Voucher p.xxx) has a fun course, with a couple of resident friendly rabbits hopping around! If the weather turns a bit nasty head to Playtopia (Voucher p.xxx), Rotorua’s indoor play centre. The kids will love it, you can get a coffee and something to eat and catch your breath. There are also kayaks to hire, lake cruises and for a bit of adrenaline, jet boating! You can also go indoor rock climbing, ten pin bowling or catch a movie. Rotorua is certainly a place that will keep you occupied for days!

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Skyline Luge (Voucher p.xxx) is awesome family fun, as you get to choose from the beginner, intermediate or advanced tracks. The littlies can ride with Mum or Dad and a good time is guaranteed. Rug up, it can get chilly on the chairlift! Rainbow Springs (Voucher p.xxx) offer the chance to view the elusive Kiwi boird up close and personal as well as rides, shows and fun activities. Agrodome has sheep shows and farm activities, and there are also a couple of mazes to get lost in.

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Located approximately 90 kms from both Tauranga and Rotorua, Whakatane forms the third point of the Bay of Plenty triangle.

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It is an attractive coastal town that is situated on the banks of the Whakatane River and it is the jumping off point for the spectacular White Island! This always active volcano is 49 km off the shores of Whakatane, but is well worth the visit. In fact we think it is one of the world’s great adventures! White Island is a perfect example of an active volcano.

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Fast Fact More yellow fin tuna are caught here than anywhere else in NZ It breathes, roars and hisses from steaming vents that release 800C gases. It’s wild! The island is roughly circular, about 2km in diameter and rises to a height of 321m above sea level. However, what you are seeing is only the peak of a much larger submerged mountain. It has had 35 small to medium eruptions since 1826. You can take a guided tour with PeeJay White Island Tours and get up close and personal with the steaming vents and the green sulphur lakes.

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Visit - Whakatane

Whakatane is well known for its great weather, excellent fishing and friendly locals. Some of the attractions around the area include the museum, an observatory and Maori historical sites. The Nga Tapuwae o Toi walkway leads to pa sites of major historic signidficance, native forest, coastal views, seabird colonies and forest birds everywhere.

“Mataatua The House That Came Home” Maori Marae Experience in Whakatane with Digital light show.

Family packages available.

Did You Know For around 55 days a year, Whakatane records the highest temperature in New Zealand.

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www.mataatua.com Marvel at its grandeur and the beauty of the ancestral carvings and be enthralled as the carvings and legends of the Ngati Awa tribe are brought to life through world-class digital technology. Nearby to Whakatane is Ohope Beach which has a 10km sandy beach, a small village like atmosphere and is perfect for camping, surfing, walking , playing on the beach and just hanging out with the family.

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You can also take a dolphin or seal cruise during the warmer months and there are guided kayak tours around Ohiwa Harbour and nearby Whale Island. Take the family to Maatatua to discover the extraordinary story of the New Zealand’s most travelled meeting house.

Ph: 07 3084271

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You can stop turning the pages now... ...Because, just a little off the beaten track but still within 5mins of great Country Cafes & Shopping you can find Beach Front Camping the way it used to be!

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Accommodation Options! Call Dave on 027 578 4984 and find out why people are telling us this was the solution to their lifestyle problems. Heritage Park

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Taupo -

Visit

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Taupo sits at the edge of the largest lake in Australasia. Almost everywhere you look there is a volcano and Mt Ruapehu is always standing guard in the distance.

Huka Falls The lake discharges into the mighty Waikato River and the river flows over one of NZ’s most spectacular waterfalls, Huka Falls, which is just a short distance out of town and definitely worth a look. It is NZ’s most visited natural attraction and 222000 litres of water pour over it per second!!

Did You Know

It was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption so big it darkened the skies in Europe and China.

Taupo is a centre of geothermal activity and hot springs suitable for bathing abound. DeBretts (see opposite) is an awesome spot for families! Skiing and other outdoor pursuits are another reason to come to the area, and the Taupo town centre is crammed full of pubs, cafes and interesting shops. The area has a load of accommodations to suit all budgets.

Whatever your pace, you’ll find Taupo has something to interest everyone!

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www.hukaprawnpark.co.nz HUKA FALLS ROAD, TAUPO

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Whilst in town, do a segway tour, visit the museum, go white water rafting indoors- yes indoors (on a simulator), take a cruise on the lake or do a spot of fishing.

Prawn Fishing, Riverside Restaurant, six hectares of fun, 200,000 prawns ... and so much more.

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Watch As Kiwis,we love leisure time -

Photo courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

whether it be cheering on our favourite team at home or going along to the game and screaming from the terraces. In this section we offer you the ultimate guide to North Island sport for the next 12 months. We tell you where and how to get involved and what Ă­s coming up for the spectator. We even list where to see the latest blockbusters! So, whatever your speed, get involved!!

Tom Abercrombie Name: Tom Abercrombie Number: 10 D.O.B: 5/7/1987 Height: 198cm Weight: 87 kg Playing Position: Swingman College Basketball: Washington State University Greatest Basketball Moment: Blocking Shawn Redhage in the Grand Final 2011. Before the game music: Flume When not playing basketball, he enjoys: Hanging out at Cheltenham Beach, Devonport

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Rnd 2

Date 21 Feb

Match Crusaders vs Chiefs

Venue AMI Stadium

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22 Feb

Highlanders vs Blues

Forsyth Barr

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28 Feb

Blues vs Crusaders

Eden Park

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1 Mar

Chiefs vs Highlanders

Waikato Stadium

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8 Mar

Crusaders vs Stormers

AMI Stadium

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14 Mar

Chiefs vs Stormers

Waikato Stadium

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15 Mar

Highlanders vs Force

Forsyth Barr

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21 Mar

Highlanders vs Hurricanes

Forsyth Barr

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22 Mar

Blues vs Cheetahs

Eden Park

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28 Mar

Crusaders vs Hurricanes

AMI Stadium

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29 Mar

Blues vs Highlanders

Eden Park

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4 Apr

Highlanders vs Rebels

Forsyth Barr

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11 Apr

Highlanders vs Bulls

Forsyth Barr

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12 Apr

Chiefs vs Rebels

Waikato Stadium

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19 Apr

Chiefs vs Crusaders

Waikato Stadium

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25 Apr

Blues vs Waratahs

Eden Park

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3 May

Crusaders vs Brumbies

AMI Stadium

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3 May

Chiefs vs Lions

Waikato Stadium

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10 May

Highlanders vs Lions

Forsyth Barr

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17 May

Crusaders vs Sharks

AMI Stadium

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24 May

Highlanders vs Crusaders

Forsyth Barr

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30 May

Crusaders vs Force

AMI Stadium

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31 May

Blues vs Hurricanes

Eden Park

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27 June

Highlanders vs Chiefs

Forsyth Barr

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4 July

Chiefs vs Hurricanes

Waikato Stadium

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5 July

Crusaders vs Blues

AMI Stadium

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11 July

Blues vs Chiefs

Eden Park

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12 July

Crusaders vs Highlanders

AMI Stadium

SKYCITY Breakers Fixture Date

Match

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15 Nov 22 Nov 28 Nov 13 Dec 23 Jan 30 Jan 14 Feb 27 Feb 7 Mar 13 Mar 21 Mar

vs. Adelaide 36ers vs. Townsville Crocs vs. Melbourne Tigers vs. Perth Wildcats vs. Wollongong Hawks vs. Sydney Kings vs. Cairns Taipans vs. Townsville Crocs vs. Melbourne Tigers vs. Sydney Kings vs. Cairns Taipans

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Wellington Pheonix Fixture Date

Match

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1 Dec 14 Dec 22 Dec 12 Jan 18 Jan 16 Feb 9 Mar 29 Mar 12 Apr

vs. Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Brisbane Roar FC vs. Sydney FC vs. Central Coast Mariners vs. Melbourne Victory FC vs. Melbourne Heart FC vs. Perth Glory FC vs. Adelaide United FC vs. Melbourne Victory FC

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Watch Northern Mystics ANZ Championship Rnd 2

Date 10 March

Match vs. Waikato/BOP Magic

Venue Auckland

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16 March

vs. Central Pulse

Auckland

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24 March

vs. Adelaide Thunderbirds

Auckland

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6 April

vs. Southern Steel

Invercargill

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13 April

vs. Canterbury Tactix

Auckland

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vs. Waikato/BOP Magic

Hamilton

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vs. Canterbury Tactix

Christchurch

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vs. Southern Steel

Auckland

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vs. Central Pulse

Palmerston Nth

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vs. West Coast Fever

Auckland

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1 June

vs. NSW Swifts

Auckland

Julie Corletto

Nickname: Julz, JC, Prenda Place of Birth: Kerang,VIC Year of Birth: 1986 Height: 184cm Positions: GD, WD, GK Occupation: Teacher & part owner Corletto Sports (coaching business with my husband) Netball Career Highlights: 2007 & 2011 World Champs - Gold Medalists Age Started Playing: 9 Tip for Young Players: Work hard for what you want Best Thing about Netball: Love the game, friends, travel Test Caps: 35 Previous National Squads: Australian Diamonds (2007-09, 2011-12) Other Interests: Basketball (go the NZ Breakers), AFL, Tennis Favourite Movie: Coach Carter Favourite Music: Top 40, RnB, Xavier Rudd

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Cinemas...Check out the latest Blockbusters at:

Auckland: Hoyts Sylvia Park: 286 Mt Wellington Highway, 508 446 987 Metro Centre: Level 3/291-297 Queen St Ph: 09-369 240 Rialto Cinemas: 167 - 169 Broadway, Newmarket, 09-369 2417 Lido Cinema: 427 Manukau Rd, Epsom, 09-630 1500 Academy Cinema: 44 Lorne St, CBD Ph: 09-373 2761 Hamilton: Hoyts Te Awa, Maahanga Dr, Hamilton, 07-850 3630 Rotorua: Basement Cinemas: 1140 Hinemoa Street, Ph: 07-350 1400 Reading Cinemas: 1281 Eruera Street, Ph: 07 349 0061 Tauranga: Bay City Cinemas: 45 Elizabeth St, Ph: 07-577 0288

Craig Cachopa DOB: 17/01/1992 Club: Takapuna First Class Debut: 2011 v Auckland (for Wellington) Batting: Right handed batsman/Wicket-keeper After a season in Wellington Craig Cachopa returned to Auckland last season and established himself as a key figure in the batting line-up in all three forms of the game. A former captain of New Zealand at under 19 level Cachopa averages nearly 50 with the bat in the Plunket Shield and will be looking to further establish himself during the 2013/14 season.

Auckland Aces Ford Trophy Fixture Date

Match

Venue

2/03/2014

Auckland Aces vs Northern Knights

Eden Park

2/03/2014

Central Stags vs Wellington Firebirds

Fitzherbert Park

5/03/2014

Canterbury Wizards vs Otago Volts

Aorangi Oval

5/03/2014

Northern Knights vs Otago Volts

Seddon Park

5/03/2014

Central Stags vs Auckland Aces

Saxton Oval

9/03/2014

Canterbury Wizards vs Wellington Firebirds

Hagley Oval

9/03/2014

Northern Knights vs Auckland Aces

Seddon Park

9/03/2014

Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts

Hawkins Basin Reserve

12/03/2014

Canterbury Wizards vs Central Stags

Hagley Oval

12/03/2014

Auckland Aces vs Central Stags

Eden Park

12/03/2014

Wellington Firebirds vs Northern Knights

Hawkins Basin Reserve

15/03/2014

Otago Volts vs Canterbury Wizards

University Oval

16/03/2014

Auckland Aces vs Canterbury Wizards

Eden Park

16/03/2014

Central Stags vs Northern Knights

Pukekura Park

19/03/2014

Otago Volts vs Wellington Firebirds

University Oval

19/03/2014

Northern Knights vs Wellington Firebirds

Seddon Park

19/03/2014

Central Stags vs Canterbury Wizards

Pukekura Park

23/03/2014

Otago Volts vs Auckland Aces

Queens Park

23/03/2014

Northern Knights vs Canterbury Wizards

Seddon Park

23/03/2014

Auckland Aces vs Otago Volts

Eden Park

26/03/2014

Wellington Firebirds vs Central Stags

Hawkins Basin Reserve

26/03/2014

Wellington Firebirds vs Auckland Aces

Hawkins Basin Reserve

26/03/2014

Canterbury Wizards vs Northern Knights

Hagley Oval

30/03/2014

Otago Volts vs Central Stags

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Wot’s On Calling all kids, mums, dads and grown ups – We want you!

Check out the list of great ideas of things to do and places to visit on the awesome North Island! There are lots of interesting markets, special kids’ events and family themed activities- best of all- many of them are FREE!!!! FOR UPDATES GO TO THE “WOT’S ON THIS MONTH” BUTTON ON OUR WEBSITE: www.letsgokids.co.nz AND WHILE YOU’RE THERE, SIGN UP FOR OUR GREAT MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER.

Weekly/Monthly Every Saturday

Taupo Riverside Market The weekly market is held on the Riverside Park Reserve, one of Taupo’s most beautiful parks, adjacent to the Waikato River. The idea was to make a market place where locals and visitors could mingle at the same place and time on a Saturday morning. Where good ideas are launched and developed. Where friends and families bump into each other. Where you can bring the dog and just sit and catch up over a coffee. Relaxing open green space filled with colour, familiar faces, favourite products and ever changing, new and interesting things to see. 10am to 1pm, Held at Riverside Park Reserve. Head to www.riversidemarket.co.nz for more details.

Every Sunday

Soundshell Craft Market Rotorua’s oldest, biggest and best market, held right on the fabulous lakefront! With a huge variety of stalls there’s plenty to suit everyone, whatever their interest: crafts, curios, collectables, plants, food, books, vinyl records, woodware, jewellery, knitwear. Free entry to the public - a great variety of goodies sold... All new variety...Handcrafted articles (both NZ made and overseas)... Curios and collectables from all over... Plants... food available - fabulous coffee at the Lakeside Cafe. Soundshell and Village Green, Memorial Drive, Rotorua

Second Saturday of each Month

Sandringham Farmers’ Market Enjoy great food, coffee and music while the kids enjoy the playground. You will find fresh local fruit and vegetables, artisan bread, organic meat and sausages, handmade Italian cheeses and many more goodies on offer, so be sure to keep the second Saturday of each month free. Farmers’ markets are a great way to: buy fresh food, support local growers, encourage the community to become more environmentally aware and keep profits in the area! See you there! Closes at 12.30pm. Sandringham Community Centre, 20 Kitchener Road, Sandringham, Auckland. www.sandringhamfarmersmarket.wordpress.com

Third Saturday of Tamahere Country Market Tamahere Country Market has something for everyone. From cheeses and wine(exceptional produce) to small each Month trees, garden art, craft, art, childrens clothes, goldfish and pre loved collectables. There is coffee and devonshire teas, mussel fritters,famous Tamahere Market bacon and egg butties, and lots more! 8:30am - 1:00pm. St Stephens Church, Tamahere. Situated in the grounds of the church cnr State Highway 21(Airport Rd) and Tamahere Drive, just out of Hamilton. See more at: facebook.com/tamaheremarket October November 26 Nov 2011 31 Dec 2013

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Art in the Park Discover artistic creations, marvel at beautiful paintings or just come to feed the ducks. Art in the park is a weekly market where local artists and craftspeople sell their own creations. The market operates on Saturdays between 10am and 3pm (subject to the weather) at Colonel Roberts Reserve on the Taupo lakefront. www.greatlaketaupo.com for more details. The Wiggles – Ready Steady Wiggle Tour It’s an exciting new era for The Wiggles as Blue Wiggle, Anthony Field, who started The Wiggles 22 years ago is joined by Red Wiggle Simon; our first female Wiggle, Emma, the yellow Wiggle and purple Wiggle Lachy! You’ll see all of your Wiggly friends, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword dance and sing along to Hot Potato, Rock A Bye Your Bear and all your wiggly favourites as well as the new hits like “Do the Propellor”. The Founders Theatre, 221 Tristram Street, Hamilton. www.thewiggles.com.au for more details.


Wot’s On November October Weds 19th, Thurs 20th & Fri 21st

World Vision Kids for Kids Kids for Kids is back in 2013 with its iconic mass choir performances. Kids for Kids presents a brand new show ‘Everything is Ka Pai’, fronted by Jackie Clarke while showcasing our own talented kiwi kids as its stars! 7:30pm, Counter Sales from Baycourt Theatre. Phone Sales 0800 842 538 or online www.ticketek.co.nz Price: Adult $22.50, Child $18, Senior & Student $18, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $65. Baycourt Theatre,Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty. See www.worldvision.org.nz for more details.

Friday 29th November

The Royal Christmas Variety Show A Right Royal Christmas Variety Show complete with Queen, lots of laughter, song, fun and a touch of Christmas cheer. In true Variety Show style we present a show with something for everyone with Broadway show songs, comic songs, love songs, fun duets and ensembles and of course building to a rousing finale of Christmas Cheer!!. 11am - 1pm, Corner 3rd Ave & Devonport Rd,Tauranga, Bay of Plenty. www.bayofplentynz.com for more details.

29th - 30th Nov 1st Dec

Taylor Swift Seven-time GRAMMY winner and international superstar Taylor Swift is heading down under with her blockbuster The Red Tour. The 7-time GRAMMY winner’s THE RED TOUR performance features two multi-level stages, elaborate costumes, dancers, aerialists and changing sets. 7.00pm Vector Arena, Auckland. www.vectorarena.co.nz

December Wednesday 4th December

Out and About - Family Fun Days Bring the kids along to your local park for some free fun and games for the whole family courtesy of Auckland Council. No booking required - just turn up on the day and join in with all the fun! 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Sutton Park,Vine Street, Mangere

Thursday 5th December

3 on 3 Streetball Tournament Auckland Council Parks and Auckland Basketball present the inaugural Out and About 3 on 3 Streetball Tournament series.Think you have what it takes to take it out? We have five age groups you can enter, with prizes donated by the Skycity NZ Breakers, Auckland Basketball and Lone Star. Make sure you get in quick to enter your team. Register by emailing your team name, team members and age group to chris.earl@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. 4pm-8pm Barry Curtis Park Basketball Court, Chapel Road, Flat Bush

Friday 6th December

3 on 3 Streetball Tournament Auckland Council Parks and Auckland Basketball present the inaugural Out and About 3 on 3 Streetball Tournament series.Think you have what it takes to take it out? We have five age groups you can enter, with prizes donated by the Skycity NZ Breakers, Auckland Basketball and Lone Star. Make sure you get in quick to enter your team. Register by emailing your team name, team members and age group to chris.earl@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. 4pm-8pm Otamariki Park Basketball Court, East Tamaki Road, Otara

Wednesday 11th December

Out and About - Family Fun Days Bring the kids along to your local park for some free fun and games for the whole family courtesy of Auckland Council. No booking required - just turn up on the day and join in with all the fun! 4:00pm - 6:00pm Samuel Miller Reserve, Pukekohe

January Wednesday 1st January

The New Zealand Herald Christmas Carnival New Year’s Races General Admission will give racegoers access to the public facilities at Ellerslie Racecourse. With a beautiful New Year’s Day in mind spending it outside on the one of the public lawns and enjoying easy access to the bars, grandstand seating, betting facilities (and shade!) of the Ellerslie Stand is a must! There will be free children’s entertainment in The New Zealand Herald Kids Zone, featuring the Tip Top Popsicle Planet, New Zealand Herald Giant Games and Ellerslie Swingball Park which make it a great way for all the kids to see in the New Year full of excitement. Ellerslie Racecourse, 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera. Head to: www.ticketstore.ellerslie.co.nz to buy your tickets!

Thursday 2nd January

HRV Twenty20 - SKYCITY Northern Knights v Canterbury Wizards Come along to the first HRV Twenty20 game this summer at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui between the SKYCITY Northern Knights and the Canterbury Wizards. Family friendly atmosphere, bouncy castles for the kids and plenty of excitement for everyone. Gates open 2.30pm, game starts 4.00pm. Blake Park, Maunganui Road, Mt Maunganui www.gotheknights.co.nz for tickets!

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Wot’s On January October Thursday 2nd January

Summer Fiesta This is an exciting new event for GLO for 2014 and the Rotorua Night Market in the Heart of Tutanekai Street. The market will be transformed into a Summer Fiesta from 5pm to 9pm. Come down and grab a late lunch or dinner and enjoy all the fun activity as the beach comes to Rotorua for one night only. More details coming soon. Rotorua GLO Festival is a three-day festival created with family in mind to celebrate the New Year. Rotorua Night Market, Tutanekai Street, Rotorua. www.rotoruaglofestival.co.nz/ for more details!

Friday 10th January

HRV Twenty20 - SKYCITY Northern Knights v Auckland Aces Start 2014 off with a bang and come along to the first HRV Twenty20 home game of the year for the SKYCITY Northern Knights and support them as they take on the Auckland Aces. Family friendly atmosphere, bouncy castles for the kids and plenty of excitement for everyone. Gates open 5.30pm, game starts 7.10pm. Seddon Park, Seddon Rd, Hamilton. www.gotheknights.co.nz for tickets!

Sunday 19th January

Westfield Albany Lakes Summer Series The Westfield Albany Lakes Summer Series is back for its fourth season and is now New Zealand’s Biggest Run Series! Over 1100 people joined us for our 2013 Grand Finale last year and 2014 is going to be way bigger and way better! For each race in January, February or March, you can choose to walk or run over 10km or 5km distances. It’s all up to you - and don’t worry, you can change your mind right up to race weekend.! Don’t forget the kids - our super-popular Kids’ 2km Dash is back, because we love to see those littlies find out how much fun it is to run with the crowd to cheer them on! Albany Lakes Civic Park, Civic Crescent, Auckland www.albanylakes.co.nz for more details.

20th - 21st January

School Holiday Skateboard Programme Get on your boards and enjoy the school holiday skateboard and longboard programme at North Harbour Stadium, Albany in January, 2014! Programme is suitable for children aged 6 - 13 years. All skateboard, longboards, ramps, helmets and safety equipment is supplied.You can check out a video of the term 3 school holiday programme at the website www.onboardskate.org.nz. North Harbour Stadium, Stadium Drive, Auckland

Sunday 26th January

The Color Run Auckland The Color Run is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a colour crazy day with your friends and family. For the event, it’s about participants of all different speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes toeing the start line. Whether you are a casual morning mall walker or an Olympic athlete, the 5 kilometers of The Color Run course will be the most enjoyable real estate you’ve traveled in a very long time. Tickets are on sale now! Pukekohe Park Raceway, 222-250 Manukau Rd, Auckland Purchase your ticket here: www.thecolorrun.com/new-zealand/auckland

February Saturday 8th February

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Auckland Beach Football Tournament Auckland Beach Football Tournament is back in 2014! Mission Bay will once again play host.There are 2 grades, competitive and social - catering for all. Individual registrations accepted as well. For more information or to enter a team in the competition please visit the website www.beachfootballnz.co.nz Mission Bay Beach,Tamaki Drive, Auckland

15th - 16th February

NRL Auckland Nines New Zealand’s biggest summer event, the NRL Auckland Nines is a two-day, nine-a-side, knock-out tournament extravaganza showcasing the world’s greatest Rugby League talent live in Auckland. For the first time ever, you’ll witness all sixteen NRL clubs and 256 star players competing over one stunning weekend to win their share of over $2 million Australian dollars prize money. At Eden Park, Auckland. Head to: ticketek.co.nz to get your tickets!

16th - 19th February

Plunket Shield SKYCITY Northern Knights v Welly Firebirds Come along to the Plunket Shield game this summer at Cobham Oval, Whangari between SKYCITY Northern Knights and the Wellington Firebirds. Family friendly atmosphere, bouncy castles for the kids and plenty of excitement for everyone. Game starts 10.30am. Cobham Oval, Port Rd, Whangarei. Free Entry.

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Wot’s On February October Saturday 22nd February

Bohemian Market The Bohemian Community will be celebrating their 150th year of settlement of Ohaupo in 2014.  Celebrations will commence with a Bohemian Market. Home grown fruit and vegetables, local arts and crafts. Curltural performances by the Te Rore Bohemian Band supported by the Bohemian Dancers. Local musicians, solo artist also performing. Penny farthing bikes to ride, pony rides, stationary engines and other children’s activities. Food and refreshments available. A real family day out with FREE admission! Ohaupo Rugby Grounds, Forkert Rd, Ohaupo, 10:00am–4:00pm

Sunday 23rd February

Esplanade Day 2014 Esplanade Day is back in 2014, bigger and better than ever! Esplanade Day will showcase a variety of community groups and local organisations, as well as local and national performers, bands, and dance groups. It is a great opportunity to learn and get involved with some of our local organisations and support our local talent, while enjoying a relaxing day in the park! There will be plenty of food to taste and stalls to browse around at Esplanade Day, as well as endless entertainment for the kids - free bouncy castles, horse rides, amusements, face painting, balloons and much more! So make sure you and your family get down to Esplanade Day and make the most of this exciting event. 10:00am – 4:00pm,Victoria Esplanade Gardens, Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North www.lancewoodevents.co.nz for more details!

Sunday 23rd February

Elvis in the Gardens Celebrating our fifth year of Elvis in the Gardens free family concert day. Bring your family, friends and picnic and enjoy six hours of timeless Elvis music while you relax in the beautiful Auckland Botanic Gardens. Direct from the UK, the 2012 World Champion Memphis Elvis Tribute Artist Ben Portsmouth will be performing twice throughout the afternoon with a live band. NZ Crowd Favourties from previous years will also be performing during six hours of non stop music. Free bouncy castles and face painting for the children. Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Rd, Auckland www.elvisinthegardens.co.nz for more details!

March Sunday 2nd March

Onetangi Beach Races 2014 Auckland’s iconic beach event has been going for over 100 years and gets better and better, so pack up your family, take an early ferry and come to Waiheke Island. It’s the best free family day out you’ll have all summer.You can choose to watch or join in - just don’t miss out! Horses, tractors and amphibious craft will take to the stunning golden sands and crystal clear waters of Onetangi Beach on Waiheke Island. 10am – 3pm Onetangi Beach, The Strand, Auckland, www.onetangibeachraces.co.nz for more details!

Wednesday 5th March

Ford Trophy - SKYCITY Northern Knights v Otago Volts Come along to the first Ford Trophy home game this summer for the SKYCITY Northern Knights, support them as they take on the Otago Volts. Family friendly atmosphere, bouncy castles for the kids and plenty of excitement for everyone. All round robin games start at 10.30am; All Finals start at 10.00am. Seddon Park, Seddon Rd, Hamilton www.gotheknights.co.nz for tickets!

26th - 30th March

Balloons Over Waikato 2014 The Balloons over Waikato Trust is a non-profit organisation and has been successfully running this event for the previous 14 years.The Festival is a major iconic event for the general public on the annual calendar in both Hamilton and the Waikato region. Experience the amazing site of balloons ascending through the Waikato sunrise at 7:30am every morning and don’t miss Hamilton’s biggest night out at the ASB Nightglow at Waikato University, where the balloons glow to orchestrated music finishing with the best fireworks display in town. Innes Common, Lake Domain Dr, Hamilton. www.balloonsoverwaikato.co.nz for more details.

June Monday 16th June

NYLD - Primary and Intermediate School Event Give your child the opportunity to be inspired and challenged by attending a National Young Leaders Day (NYLD). These events aim to develop student leadership and are both inspirational and practical. Guest speakers from different walks of life share their story and leadership journey. Speakers are selected who are positive role models and are making a difference in their field such as sporting heroes,TV personalities and top business people. 9:30am – 2.30pm, Forum North, Rust Ave, Whangarei. www.nyldnz.org for more details on the event.

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Right through Auckland and the North Island ,from 4 star hotels to motor camps and everything in between, there is something to suit all family tastes and budgets. We have hunted down the best: Auckland CBD- SkyCity - spacious and well located Mercure- Close to Britomart, Queen St and Ferry terminal (great views) Chifley Suites- well priced, full kitchen and laundry Quay West Suites-large and fully self contained Airport for those early flights- Sudima or Holiday Inn Hamilton- Quest Hamilton - Great spot (See below) Waihi Beach - The Top 10 Holiday Park is paradise for families (p.21) Tauranga- Summit Motor Lodge (Discount p.19) Mt.Maunganui- Papamoa Beach Top 10 Holiday Park is right on the sand and is a beauty (p.17) Pacific Apartments- Well located luxury

Beach Front Camping the way it used to be!

Phone: 07 3048296 www.thorntonbeach.co.nz

Whakatane- Thornton Beach Holiday Park does families well. Right on the beach.(see opposite) Rotorua- Holiday Inn has Kids Eat and Stay FREE (p.31),The Top 10 Holiday Park is close to town and well set up for kids(p.30), Fenton Court Motel is walking distance to everything(p.27)

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Always ring the accommodation direct for the best price!

www.questhamilton.co.nz 51 London Street Hamilton 3204 Stay for a day, a week or a month New Zealand Perfect for families

Highly Commended Visitor Experience Excellence Award Hamilton Central Business Awards 2013

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