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prperry's Port Reviews of Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin
Carnival Spirit cruise in January 2013
Member Name: prperry
Cruise Date: January 2013
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Member Review: prperry's Carnival Spirit Review
Devonport Walking Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
The bus driver was very informative and comical. We had a lot of laughs during the tour. He told us a lot about the suburbs we went through. We visited a lookout above Devonport and then we were dropped off in Devonport to make our own way back to the ship. They even supplied us with a ticket for the ferry.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
From Taranga we went by bus to Rotorua, where we boarded the Rotuara Queen for a tour of the lake. We had the best afternoon tea ever there. After that we went to Hells Gate Thermal Baths for a tour of the mud pits. We finished with a Hangi with a difference for lunch, which was very enjoyable. All tour guides were great with a elderly mum and would recommend this excursion to anybody.
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Port Rating: Not Rated
In Napier, we took a duck tour which was done partly on the road and partly in the water. It was very chilly as there were no windows on the vehicle. Would recommend a jacket. The did gives us blankets which did help.

We were then dropped off in the town to explore. What a lovely place and the history is unique due to the earthquake which destroyed the town in 1931.

The locals had put on a display of vintage cars and costumes for our benefit and we had a barber shop quartet sing us of as we sailed away.

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Port Rating: Not Rated
We did our own thing in Wellington. We used a taxi to take us to the Museum where we spend a wonderful couple of hours exploring the many sections of history and facts about New Zealand.

We then caught another taxi to the cable car terminal. We were pleased to find a craft market at the top of Mt Wellington. This market only operates when a cruise ship is in. Then a taxi back to the ship.

We found the taxi to be cheaper than the shuttle bus.

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Botanical Gardens Rating: Not Rated

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Taieri Gorge Railway Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This was by far the best excursion of the whole trip. The train picked us up at the wharf and we started off with champagne and orange juice. A bit later on we had morning tea, which was a cuppa and a short bread. We had a stop half way up and the locals were there with a small craft market. Then at the end of the line, there was a bigger craft market. We were told that the market only operates when the cruise ships come in.

On the way back, we had a lovely lunch with more wine.

We got off at Dunedin station to explore the city, our mother went on back to the ship.

There was a festival on which was a bonus for us.

At the end as we were leaving the wharf, we where sent off by a Pipe band which was lovely,

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