RESTAURANTS: The “Top of the Trans” (Hotel Trans-Tasman) serves excellent dinners from 8:30 p.m. with dancing and floor shows. Reservations necessary. The Gourmet in Shortland Street also has excellent food. Others recommended are Hi-Diddle-Griddle, Trade Winds, La Boheme, and the Lewis California Foods Restaurant.
SHOPS AND STORES: All types of stores are located in the cities and towns. Milne and Choyce, Ltd., Queen Street, Auckland, is one of the largest department stores in New Zealand. Manufactured goods are usually expensive, but woolen goods are superior and worth buying. There are a number of souvenir shops which specialize in Maori art work.
SPECTATOR SPORTS: The biggest one-day yachting regatta in the world, on January 29, at Auckland. Horse racing at Ellerslie Racecourse, trotting races at Epsom, wrestling and boxing matches at Town Hall. Soccer at Blandford Park. Rugby at Eden Park. Tournament tennis; golf matches at Titirangi. Swimming meets, regattas. Basketball, occasionally baseball. Cricket and lawn bowling.
SPORTS : Golf is popular here. Play at Middlemore or Titirangi. There is excellent skiing at Tongariro National Park; at Queenstown and in the Southern Alps. There are broad sandy beaches in the North and South Islands. There are miles of beaches stretching north and south of Auckland. On the West Coast, about thirty miles from Auckland, there is magnificent surf bathing in the Tasman Sea. There is yachting, sailing, boating of all sorts. This is the sportsman’s heaven. No license fee is required for deep-sea fishing, but it is suggested that visitors join one of the fishing clubs to get the most enjoyment out of the sport.
Fishing in North Island: Fishing is superb in New Zealand. In fact, world-famous sportsmen claim it is the best in the world for deep-sea fishing or angling for trout or salmon.
Taupo District: The North Island is famous for the trout-fishing districts of Taupo, Tongariro and Rotorua. In some of these spots you can actually see the trout in great numbers. The Lake Taupo region is accessible from all parts of the Island. Since many streams feed this 25-mile-long lake, trout enter the lake from all sides. The famous Tongariro River is at the southern end. The Tokaanu Hotel and Bridge Lodge in Turangi provide accommodations for those who wish to fish the delta and lower pools of the Tongariro. Huka Falls, about 3 miles from Taupo, is the site of Pye’s Fishing Lodge, where excellent facilities are provided. Right by the lake is the new Lake Hotel, and the excellent Wairakei is nearby. Lake Taupo itself is a splendid spot to fish, particularly from February to April. But the Tongariro and other rivers are better from mid-February until the close of the season, when the fish are running upriver. There is wonderful fishing in the Rotorua district, too. The lakes are filled with rainbow trout, the best time being from November to early March. There are several excellent fishing camps as well as resort hotels in this area. In the Rotorua and Taupo districts the limit of take is 6 fish per day, 14 inches or over.
The Bay of Islands : Some of the best deep-sea fishing in the world is found at Bay of Islands in the “northland” of North Auckland. It is here at Russell that the famous Bay of Islands Swordfish and Mako Shark Club has its headquarters. Zane Grey, the noted sportsman and writer, was among the first to discover and popularize the big-game fishing here. Marlin, shark, kingfish, swordfish are all to be found here. Record-breaking is not unusual. There are a number of charter boats available with competent captains, and there are several excursion launches which take you all over the Bay of Islands, where hotels and fishing camps are strategically located. Cape Brett, at the extreme northeast, is a wonderful fishing ground. Otehei Lodge at Otehei Bay is modern and comfortable. It’s known as Zane Grey’s fishing camp, for it was here that he made his headquarters. Northland Fishing Lodge, at the entrance to beautiful Whangaroa Harbor, still further north, provides excellent fishing.