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  1. Depends on your interests. The town itself is walkable and a few things to look at, but not many attractions per se. A bit out of town is the Cannon museum, Setesdal Mineral Park and the Setesdalbanen Vintage Railway. We did the railway, caught a bus to the town of Grovane and the train travels to Roykes return alongside rivers and lakes, only runs on Wednesdays and weekends however.
  2. Agree with the car advice. Unless you specifically want to see something outside of Waitangi, Paihia and Russell then I wouldn't bother with the car. If you want to see Kauri trees or Kawiti Glow Worm Caves then the car is fine. You can easily walk to Paihia from the pier in Waitangi along the coast and plenty of ferry boats and excursion boats to other islands.
  3. There are three separate walks to do in Wai-o-tapu. If you do all three it will probably take about 75-90 minutes, and allow another 30 mins to stop and take photos or walking breaks, so you could realistically do it in 2 hours without rushing. The total walking is about 3 kilometres (almost 2 miles) and not really strenuous. If you want to see the Lady Knox Geyser as well (erupts at 10.15am) then allow another hour, on a different road nearby (get there 20-30 minutes early for a good spot to see it). This is probably why the website says allow three hours for the visit.
  4. Hi roothy123. I can add something here are the Motuara Island cruise. We did this cruise in March 2019 (touring NZ by land, not a cruise). We went with E-ko Cruises - they have a morning cruise 8am and a 1pm cruise (4 hours in duration). Not sure what time your stay is in Picton if you have time to do it. The times of the cruises are aligned to the Wellington-Picton ferries. The cruise is great and you see plenty of wildlife (birds, fur seals and dolphins) both on the way to the island and back to Picton. The boat will slow down or stop if there is any interesting wildlife. Th
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