#Blog4NZ: 5 great spots in NZ to “travel like a local”

Posted on March 21st, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet in Destinations

As I mentioned yesterday, Blog4NZ is a worldwide campaign among travel bloggers to highlight all things Kiwi in the next few days. Since I haven’t been to New Zealand yet (I’m hoping to go later this year), today’s post is a roundup of Facing the Street-style posts from other blogs and websites about ways to “travel like a local” in N.Z.

Kapiti Island: Over at Green Global Travel, guest blogger Jim McIntosh writes about Kapiti Island, a nature refuge off the coast of the North Island that is home to growing numbers of songbirds. You can stay overnight at a nature lodge with Kapiti Island Nature Tours and take a guided hike, gather sea abalone, visit a seal colony and, of course, see birds like the little spotted kiwi in this video.

Wellington: Wellingtonian (is that the right word?) Jane Stewart-Williams shares the scoop on her favourite local cafés and New Zealand authors in a post at Journeywoman.com, and Amanda Williams gives tips on 5 free things for history buffs in the city at Travel Generation.

Dunedin: Speaking of Amanda Williams, she has a cute post on triumphing over the world’s steepest street at A Dangerous Business.

Auckland: In The Guardian, Danny Wallace lets the advice of a horde of Tweeters guide him to a hamburger stand housed in a converted bus, a pub called The Bog and quirky points beyond.

Queenstown and Blenheim: Take a quirky, personal tour with a local. Like-a-Local.com offers a day at the beach and a barbecue in Blenheim, while UrbanAdventures.com will take you on a ramble along the alleyways of Queenstown.

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