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Accessibility at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Lake Te Anau

Posted by Oyster Travel

Lake Te Anau is the best place to base yourself to explore the Fiordland Region. Don't just pass through it, stay a couple of nights and relax amongst picturesque surroundings of a close-knit town with the Fiordland National Park as its backdrop. 

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The Hilton Hotel, Auckland - Wheelchair Accessible Accommodation - Central to Everything

Posted by Oyster Travel

We recently took the 10-minute ferry from the picturesque village of Devonport on Auckland's North Shore to check out the luxurious Hilton Auckland Hotel over in the City. I was very excited to see how their accessible rooms presented as the location is such a draw card! 

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The Auckland Zoo Experience with a Wheelchair!

Posted by Oyster Travel on 31 August 2017

Auckland Zoo has to be one of the most beautiful zoos in the world! Located an 8-minute drive from downtown Auckland with easy access direct from the motorways. When you visit it's like you have just stepped into another world away from all the hustle and bustle. 

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Wheelchair access at Sculptureum, Matakana

Posted by Oyster Travel on 23 August 2017

Sculptureum is a world of Art, a few minutes drive from Matakana, north of Auckland in the heart of wine country. Good food, vineyards, and arts are all around you when you visit this creative region. We had to visit the newly opened Sculptureum to check out accessibility!

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Planning a trip to New Zealand?

Posted by Oyster Travel on 7 August 2017

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.

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Prepping your Vehicle for a Road Trip - 10 things to do before you set out!

Posted by Oyster Travel on 10 August 2017

With all the extra things we need to think about when embarking on our travels, we can easily forget the basics. Car maintenance was certainly not top on our agenda and what a nightmare when something goes wrong!

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The Tall Ship Tenacious is in New Zealand!

Posted by Oyster Travel on 20 June 2017

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, INCLUSION and INTEGRATION.

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Wheelchair accessible accommodation in Matakana!

Posted by Oyster Travel on 8 June 2017

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.

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Top 5 Aquatic Centres in New Zealand for Inclusive Facilities

Posted by Oyster Travel on 17 May 2017

You'll be surprised to find where the best fully-inclusive aquatic centres are in New Zealand?

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A Weekend in Raglan

Posted by Oyster Travel on 11 May 2017

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 beaches and an...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Tauranga City, down by the Harbour ...

Posted by Oyster Travel on 4 August 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...

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

Posted by Oyster Travel on 4 August 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...

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Mount Hot Pools - We will give this the thumbs up for Accessibility!

Posted by Oyster Travel on 4 August 2016

Now there is nothing like a soak in a natural salt water hot pool to relax the muscles!

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Mount Maunganui, commonly known by locals as The Mount!

Posted by Oyster Travel on 4 August 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. 

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A Visit to Tauranga, The Bay of Plenty

Posted by Oyster Travel on 4 August 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. 

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A Coromandel Road Trip

Posted by Oyster Travel on 13 June 2016

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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...

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Accessible Accommodation - Essential to book in advance!

Posted by Oyster Travel
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Ever become frustrated when you find that perfect accommodation and it's already booked? Even worse by someone who doesn't even need its access features?

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A Family Road Trip

Posted by Oyster Travel on 2 February 2016
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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...

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