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GF4909's Port Reviews of Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland
Dawn Princess cruise in December 2011
Member Name: GF4909
Cruise Date: December 2011
Embarkation: Melbourne
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Member Review: GF4909's Dawn Princess Review
Dunedin
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
Very basic Port out of Town a little so buses were available to take us into town at about $10 return. The bus takes you to the Octagon, a lovely place with many cafes & touristy shops, along with some small markets. On the corner there are a couple of very good New Zealand Souvenir shops with very reasonable prices. A visit to the Cadbury Factory is a must, even lovely just to have a walk around admiring all the lovely old buildings.

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Christchurch
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
This Port was in fact Akoroa due to the Christchurch Earthquake. Tenders are used to transport to this beautiful small French settled New Zealand town.. A pretty little place with inflated prices geared for the tourists.

It is pleasant to walk up the street along the waterfront, especially on a nice day. Day trips are available to Christchurch from this port but there is still a few touristy things available at Akoroa with Jetboat rides, motorcycle rides etc.

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Wellington
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Quite a nice setting opposite the Wespac Stadium. A very walk to town, especially having eaten too much for the first week of the cruise. A very clean orderly city due to being the Capital of New Zealand. Everything is easily accessible by foot, including Parliament House, museums, etc & the tram up to the Botanic Gardens is a good time fill-in. Lovely views from up the top. Maybe a double decker Bus ride before heading back to the ship.

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Auckland
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
A beautiful Port right in the heart of the city. It is easy to just walk off the ship & get a circle bus to take you around the city. A visit to the Tower or other places of interest. Westfield shopping centre is opposite so very easy to shop for a few hours without going too far away. Lots of bars, cafes & restaurants all along the pier makes this a beautiful port stop. Sail-away is lovely from this Port & plenty of locals & tourists to see you off.

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