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The Tall Ship Tenacious is in New Zealand!

Posted by Oyster Travel

The Jubilee Sailing Trust | Changing Lives It's all about 'All Hands on Deck' no matter what. Tenacious has arrived at our Shores. It's a unique, iconic and socially inclusive tall ship which has been purpose-built for a mixed ability crew promoting DIVERSITY,... Read the rest of this entry >>

Wheelchair accessible accommodation in Matakana!

Posted by Oyster Travel

It was a real pleasure to meet the lovely Judith Herbert and have a tour of her brand new purpose-built wheelchair accessible holiday house. The house is conveniently located 40-minutes north of Auckland in the picturesque Matakana wine region. There is plenty to do in the area and a... Read the rest of this entry >>

Top 5 Aquatic Centres in New Zealand for Inclusive Facilities

Posted by Oyster Travel

Stumbling on something exciting like a well-equipped changing room! So there we were this Christmas holidays driving through the North Island with our van loaded to the gunnels with three kids, one in a wheelchair, the dog and me. And we rolled into Paraparaumu and decided to go... Read the rest of this entry >>

A Weekend in Raglan

Posted by Oyster Travel

  Raglan is a picturesque coastal town located 45 minutes from Hamilton and a 2 hour drive south of Auckland. It is a magnet for Kiwi holiday makers and a weekend playground for Hamiltonians. It has world-class surfing out at the infamous Whale Bay, stunning scenery, beautiful... Read the rest of this entry >>

On the Road

Posted by Oyster Travel

Things you can plan for when 'on the road'...   Plan ahead your route and take lot of breaks - The Crohn's & Colitis NZ  website is a wonderful resource for searching out the public toilets along the way. Check out the... Read the rest of this entry >>

Packing options for the holiday!

Posted by Oyster Travel

What do we need to think about?   Mobility & Medical Equipment Organise medication for the time away. Handy pill containers are always good for keeping things compact. Particularly the labelled weekdays containers with breakfast/lunch/tea divisions. Being out... Read the rest of this entry >>

Introducing the ViMo All-terrain wheelchair

Posted by Oyster Travel

Making Our National Parks & Beaches Accessible To make these wonderful locations easier to access let me introduce you to an all-terrain wheelchair that can allow you to explore further while you are visiting the South Islands' rugged West Coast and... Read the rest of this entry >>

Tauranga City, down by the Harbour ...

Posted by Oyster Travel on 04/08/2016

We took the toll-free route into the city following the picturesque harbour. We stopped on our way and checked out the local Arts Market @ The Cargo Shed, which is an art and craft market where local artists can work and display their products to the public for sale. All the art is made in... Read the rest of this entry >>

McLaren Falls Park - a 10 minute drive out of Tauranga!

Posted by Oyster Travel on 04/08/2016

McLaren Falls Park is 190 hectares of pastoral and horticultural parkland set alongside Lake McLaren. The Park is popular for camping, fishing, kayaking, wedding photo's, picnics, bush walks and summertime concerts. One of the highlights of The Park is the Waterfall Track where... Read the rest of this entry >>

Mount Hot Pools - We will give this 5 Stars for Accessibility!

Posted by Oyster Travel on 04/08/2016

Now there is nothing like a soak in a natural salt water hot pool to relax the muscles! We turned up at the Mount Hot Pools and were immediately shown around by welcoming staff. They pointed out the accessible changing facilities, the water wheelchair, the hoist (with sling) and... Read the rest of this entry >>

Mount Maunganui, commonly known by locals as The Mount!

Posted by Oyster Travel on 04/08/2016

The Number One item on our agenda was to explore the township of Mt Maunganui. It was a beautiful day and although we were visiting off-season the place was humming. The beach was fantastic being flat and easy to access. There is a nice easy beach promenade with plenty of restaurants... Read the rest of this entry >>

A Visit to Tauranga, The Bay of Plenty

Posted by Oyster Travel on 04/08/2016

We had heard a lot about the Bay of Plenty (a) How beautiful it was (b) The long spectacular beaches (c) The Maori  Villages and incredible volcanic landscape. We had visited Rotorua a few years back but had never ventured as far afield as Tauranga on the coast. This area has... Read the rest of this entry >>

Tips for travelling in New Zealand

Posted by Oyster Travel on 11/07/2016

Welcome to Accessible New Zealand! Oyster Accessible Travel welcomes you to Accessible New Zealand – here are a few tips to note: Yes, it is the other side of the world, and a little brother to the great Australia Outback, but small is beautiful – right? You know there is a... Read the rest of this entry >>

A Coromandel Road Trip

Posted by Oyster Travel on 13/06/2016

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New Zealand - Accommodation at your fingertips!

Posted by Oyster Travel on 11/05/2016

Planning a trip to New Zealand? Need assistance deciding which type of accommodation to choose? Your options are plentiful, but making a choice can be overwhelming – here are some details about the various accommodation options New Zealand has to offer. Many... Read the rest of this entry >>

Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium

Posted by Oyster Travel

A 'fun-filled' activity in Auckland  At the weekend I decided to take the family out to Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium  located on Tamaki Drive near Central Auckland. The weather was a little unpredictable so it was the perfect place to visit being... Read the rest of this entry >>

Accessible Accommodation - Essential to book in advance!

Posted by Oyster Travel

  Big demand - never enough to go around! Many of us are probably well aware that when it comes down to booking our accommodation we have to get in fast. I personally like to do things on the spur of the moment. Unfortunately my spontaneity times... Read the rest of this entry >>

Oystercatcher - Accessible Accommodation Research

Posted by Oyster Travel on 10/03/2016

Travels from the Oystercatchers! Waikato research. Gorgeous countryside, easy road trip – we’ve found some great places for you to check out! Waikato –Accessible Accommodation Research Discover Waitomo , Glowworm and Ruakuri Caves a... Read the rest of this entry >>

AUCKLAND rated as a Top 4 Cities in the world!

Posted by Oyster Travel on 06/03/2016

AUCKLAND rated as a Top 4 Cities in the world! We had  lovely day out in  Auckland  – gorgeous sunny day, walked up Queen Street to the Aotea Square where the Auckland Art Festival is in full swing. Stoneleigh wine bar and street... Read the rest of this entry >>

A Family Road Trip

Posted by Oyster Travel on 02/02/2016

Day One  We were going to take the kids on a road trip from Auckland to Queenstown and return within three weeks. We intended to reconnect with family and friends along the way. It sounded like a wonderful plan we were off on an adventure. However, reality soon set in and... Read the rest of this entry >>