AUCKLAND, located on the North Island, is the largest urban city and serves as the gateway to your New Zealand adventure. It is where the international airport is located and what most people would use as a jump-off point to Queenstown in the South Island or to Hobbiton.
Here’s a first timer’s guide to planning your trip to Auckland in New Zealand…
For answering a 3-minute survey, you’ll get a chance to win a Eurail global pass, 1st class valid for 2 people (unlimited travel in 28 countries, worth 1 662 AUD). Note: The winner will be designated by a lucky draw.
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It’s only my first time in New Zealand and I’ve already been in love with its beauty the moment we arrived.
Here are my 10 first impressions and aha’s about the country…
1. Best time to go to NZ
The best time to go is during New Zealand’s Autumn season during the months of March, April, and May, which is Summer time in the Philippines! The second-best time is during the Spring at around September, October, & November, which falls on the semestral break of most schools back home.
Wellington is the political capital of NZ, while Auckland is the business capital. Queenstown is the most beautiful city in the southern isle.
Pizzeria Mozza is an Italian Pizza Restaurant by celebrity chefs Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali with restaurateur and winemaker Joseph Bastianich. It’s the second outlet after the main Los Angeles restaurant, and it opened in Singapore last 2010.
Most Filipinos are proud to eat here because the executive chef in the Singapore branch is a Filipina–Chef Karla Mendoza. Its fine dining counterpart–Osteria Mozza–again made it to #45 of the 50 World’s Best in Asia in 2015.
Here’s what to expect and what to order at Pizzeria Mozza…
CREATETRIPS is a mobile travel planning guide app where you can get well-curated TravelBooks and insiders tips from local food and travel experts around the world.
It was very helpful during our recent family trip to Tokyo because it provided awesome advice on the best places to go to Tokyo vs. online sites or review sites like TripAdvisor.
It convinced us to visit the Tokyo Sky Tree with the kids, the tallest tower in the world vs. going to Tokyo Tower. We skipped joining the guided Tokyo tours and choose the places that our family will enjoy.
Here are what I like and don’t like about the app:
SITIO LA PRESA is the name of the fictional strawberry farm that is home to Agnes (Liza Soberano) and the setting of her love story with Xander (Enrique Gil) in the teleserye Forevermore. (Watch the Forevermore Pilot Episode)
The actual Sitio Pungayan in Mt. Kabuyao, Tuba, Benguet has now adopted “La Presa” as its magical name, and has become a popular tourist spot for Baguio goers. It has attracted local tourists who want to relive the Forevermorelove story.
Sitio Pungayan has managed to create a whole tourism economy around the La Presa branding–La Presa Strawberries, La Presa Vegetables, La Presa Jam, La Presa Souvenirs, and maybe even a La Presa Inn in the future. While this resulted in a lot of jobs and businesses in the sitio, uncontrolled commercialization is threatening the natural beauty, appeal, and smell of the place, plus endangering the water catchment area of Baguio.
Here’s what to expect before deciding to go or not to La Presa…
Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival, an international event set within the tropical gardens of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. Situated at the foot of Mt. Malasimbo where the grass-terraced amphitheater overlooks one of the most beautiful bays in the world. This year's festivities include The Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival on March 6-8 and The Malasimbo Lights & Dance Festival on March 13-15.
People from over 30 countries come to learn and experience first-hand indigenous cultures through arts and music.
Checkout our video and find out what Malasimbo is all about!