When our cruise ship docked in Auckland we still had five days of exploring to do before we headed to our next destination. What a fabulous playground we discovered in this beautiful, friendly corner of paradise. We stayed at the Langham Hotel which is a very comfortable 5 star hotel close to Karangahape Road, the heart of the friendly and lively gay scene in Auckland. Just a short walk down the road you will find the fabulous Caluzzi Bar and Cabaret and you need to put it on your ‘must do’ list. OK, so Picton is on the South Island but you can jump a ferry from Wellington and be there in about 2 hours. The waterfront of this stunning and extremely popular little town is a photographer’s delight. On the day we visited bagpipers played to welcome guests and the local restaurants and tourist offices were full.
Rotorua is the 'hot spot' to stop in New Zealand's North Island and has long been renowned for its mud pools, steaming geysers, natural hot mineral springs and the fascinating Māori culture. Unfortunately, as far as we are aware, the town has no 'hot' gay night life. However, the daytime tourist activities 'sizzle' and have a real wow factor.
Celebrity Solstice was our home away from home cruising from Sydney to New Zealand with a group of gay guys from Pied Piper Travel.