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KayTong's Port Reviews of Tauranga, Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin
Oosterdam cruise in November 2013
Member Name: KayTong
Cruise Date: November 2013
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Member Review: KayTong's Oosterdam Review
Rotorua Rating: Not Rated

We did this right outside of the boat. great price and guide. Do not do the cruise it is $279 for the same places and ours was $135. We went to the hot springs, geysers, mud pools, the Maroi village, saw the cultural show, the sheep show at the agradome, Rainbow Springs, Kiwi 360. Brad our guide was the best. Small and local guide.

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City Tour Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

We did the hop-on hop off. It is good for the price($40) since gas is so expensive. $8 per gallon. We did both the red and the blue line. the blue line no one really got off, just everyone went around and then back on the red and around and back on the boat. Its a good overview of the city.

Sea Life Aquarium Rating: Not Rated

This was the best Aquarium you will ever go. Better than Monterrey, Steinhart, Aquarium of the Pacific, and other Sea Lifes around the world. The cool part is the penguins. They are so big and the babies are so cute.

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Cable car Rating: Not Rated

This was the best since it reminded me so much of Hong Kong. The museum was great too. All free

City Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

The only bad thing is that it is in the afternoon. So you have nothing to do in the morning. The tour is cheaper if you book off the boat, but you have to pay for your own cable car ride and then you have to walk 20 minutes to the rose garden. Sorry, but we are lazy and I like the fact that they drive you to all the places.

Lady Norwood Rose Garden Rating: Not Rated

The best rose garden and largest I have ever seen. They have more exotic plants in the green house than the ones I saw in the Fiji island gardens

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Botanical Garden Rating: Not Rated

It is so big and pretty. Be prepared to walk.

City Tour Rating: Not Rated

So we were so dump. when you get off right at port charmers the information center has everything there, you can book tours half the cost, but we spent $36 for the 4 of us to take a taxi into the city.

the city tour picks up and drops off on the port if you take the last castle tour, but you can start the city tour right away. but realize this that each drop off point you have to wait 1 hour before getting picked up.

Book the chocolate tour early, but if you can't just go there and you can get in like in a half hour.

Dunedin Train Station Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Get there early, so you can book a ride half the cost from the cruise

Larnach Castle Rating: Not Rated

Best tour guide every. Private guide and just the 4 of us. we did the last castle tour at 2 and got back to our boat with 1/2 hour to spare and this included the ride back to the pier out in port charmbers. but be careful since some people on the sea princess did not get back and wanted to try to get on our boat.

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