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Gnomey's Port Reviews of Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland
Sea Princess cruise in November 2012
Member Name: Gnomey
Cruise Date: November 2012
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Member Review: Gnomey's Sea Princess Review
Dunedin
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Lovely area, beautiful city. The immediate family, wife two daughters & me "rolled" around through town then hired a Taxi for an hour for a personal tour, which was great. Bus ride into town was exciting! Cadbury factory was fun. The railway station is a magnificent building too.

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Christchurch
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We anchored at Akaroa and tendered ashore. No problem with the 'chair, hobbled on with crutches and support from the crew while they stored the 'chair on board. Akaroa is a beautiful town on a beautiful harbour and we had perfect weather for it. "Fesh & Cheps" at the HarBar was wonderful. Maori greeting in the park was wonderful as well.
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Wellington
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
For a city, Wellington was really nice. Like most people we took the cable car up, but then took it back down again. I didn't fancy running out of brakes going down through the gardens by wheelchair! We also took a taxi to the rose gardens which were superb, just the right time for blooms too. Being Wellington it was windy but, if it wasn't, we'd be disappointed. Once again the shuttle bus service was most efficient.

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Napier
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
What a beautiful place. Lovely art-deco town with beaut shops, an ocean facing beach and distant hills. Another beaut shuttle bus service. The daughters did a tour from here to a farm and lookouts that was very good. A real highlight was the vintage car display and Jazz band playing at sailaway. Well done Napier!

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Tauranga
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Another lovely port. Being on a modern ship provides one with great views of the district. This area is very pretty and Tauranga is a surprisingly large town. We pre-booked a "minibus" through Pegasus Rentacars and took the family to Rotarua for the day. A long day, Rotarua was spectacular (and very smelly!) the drive was very scenic and we stopped at a Kiwifruit farm for a look too. Must say, Pegasus were great. They handled the change of driver from me to wifey with no issues. The bus was waiting for us where they said it would be, the lady helped re-arrange the seating to accommodate the wheelchair and return was even easier. I wouldn't just use Pegasus again, I highly recommend them.

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Auckland
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Big bustling Auckland. If we docked any closer we'd be on the road! It may not be the capital, but it sure is busy. We went to the skytower, wifey & No. 1 daughter did the walk of terror(!), No 2 daughter & I sat inside out of the rain with warm drinks. The skytower is a little touristy but quite essential to visit. If you're keen you can do the walk, or even jump, and the skycafe was really good with fantastic views. Although cloudy for us, they told us we can see from sea to sea on a clear day.

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