Oz, NZ & Pacific

Australia, New Zealand & Pacific…

 

Surf: Bells Beach (Victoria), Byron Bay (New South Wales), Margaret River (W Aust) & Fleurieu (S Aust), Ragland (incl Waikato break), Marlborough Sounds & Wellington

 

Diving: Queensland’s GBR, Kangaroo Is (shipwrek), esperance, Roffnest Is, Ningaloo reef, Carnarvon, Poly Is, Cod Hole (Oz), Milford Sound (NZ)

 

AUSTRALIA

Sydney (Hunter Valley…wine tasting or Blue Mts) to Byron Bay

Cairns to Townsville

Alice Springs to Uluru

Darwin to Kununurra or Broome

Ningaloo Reef or Monkey Mia to Perth

Nullarbor Plain to Adelaide

Barossa Valley…wine…to Flinders Ranges

Melbourne via Great Ocean Rd…ferry to Tasmania

Melbourne to Wilsons Promontory (Narooma or jervis Bay)

Canberra to Sydney

Uluru (Ayers Rock), sunrise overlooking Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) before walking to the Valley of the Winds, Alice Springs’s Old Telegraph Station, hire 4 WD vehicle to W Macdonnell Ranges, visit Hermannsburg, trek and camp around Finke River, drive to Ormiston Gorge, Tnorala, Blue Mtns: glass bottomed Skyway or Walkway Brisbane (careful of jellyfish) slip-slop-slap (slip on a t-shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat) Botanic Gardens, Cultural Ctr, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Gold Coast to Urangan, ferrry to Fraiser Island, 4 WD 75 mile Beach and sim lakes (200 or so) to Airlie Beach, Whitesunday Islands‘ Whitehaven Beach, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns Magnetic Island and mission Beach, Green and Fitzroy Islands bungy jumping/skydiving/kayaking, Atherton Tablelands whitewater rafting on Tully River, Ruranda Skyrail, Port Douglas Quiksilver Catamarans to outer reef Sydney NYE!!! buy a smartcard for 2-3 days granting free admission to attractions, zinc oxide for Bondi Beach, tour by open air bus, walking evening tour of The Rocks or Museum of Contemporary Art, harbor cruise, warm up display of fireworks @ 9pm but climax at midnight and party till dawn, Bondi Beach surfing, Hunter Valley, tour wineries (Rothbury Estate, Lindemans & McWilliams Mt Pleasant Winery), Art Gallery of NS Wales, Australian Museum, Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Opera House, Chinatown, take ferry from Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Blue Mtns, Three Sisters, Skyway over mtns from Katoomba, Jenolan Caves, Royal Botanic Gardens, Darling Harour

FESTIVALS

Sydney Oz Jan www.sydneyfestival.org.au

Alice Springs Oz Sept dry river bed boat race www.henleyontodd.com.au

Melbourne Oz 1st Tues Nov horse race

Christmas Is: nature delight, giant crabs, remote island of coral

 

NEW ZEALAND

Fly to Aukland to snorkel Goat Island

Bay of Islands (Treaty of Waitangi signed)

Forests of Coromandel Peninsula

Rotorua to Waitomo (caves)

Wellington to Lake Taupo or Napier Art Deco

Ferry to Kaikoura (whales)

Christchurch or Otago Peninsula to Dunedin

Milford Sound to Queenston

Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers to Queenstown

Fly back to Wellington

Mount Cook Nat’ Park and the Tasman Glacier, bungee jump Kawarau Bridge on State Hwy 6 outside Queenstown (ref: 1000) Auckland cruise Waitemata harbour, ferry to Davenport, visit Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underworld Water, bay of Islands (Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Feb 6), south to Coromandel Peninsula, Waiau Kauri Grove, snorkel to Mercury Bay, Hot Water Beach, Rotorua (Maori culture), Skyline Gondola Rouge, Ohinemutu Maori Village, Te Whakarewarewa, Urewera Nat’l Park to Gisborne, Cape Kidnappers or wine trail in Hawkes Bay, Milford Track-reserve early to get permit to walk famous trail, access is controlled!Cook Islands Aitutaki (Nov) lagoon cruise, one foot Is, dive/kayak/deep fishing/snorkel around sand bars, watch some dancing which is best in South Pacific, climb Maungapu w/ camera and lots of water, try night land crab hunting, O’otu Beach for snorkeling and lunch on sand, on Sun traditional umukai (trad underground oven food) or church service, no dogs allowed on island!, no short shorts/bikinis inland, you can fly Air NZ or freight ship, jet boating South Queenstown

FESTIVALS:

Christchurch NZ Jan www.worldbuskersfestival.com

Masterton NZ Mar Golden Shears Sheep shearing

 

FRENCH POLYNESIA

Pacific:

Ferry to Rarotonga (Cook Islands) Avarua

Flight to Fren Poly Pape’ete

Fly to New Cal’s Noumea

Fly to Vanuatu’s Port Vila

Fiji boat to Yasawas to Fiji

Marquesas Islands 700 miles NE of Tahiti, Heiva I Tahiti in Papeete Tahiti, Society Islands is a 7 wk festival of singing, dancing and sports competition, dive Palau, Mircronesia, one of the best places to swim with manta rays in natural habitat is in Yap, Micronesia (ref: 1000) end of June Horue Surfing Championship at Papara Beach Tahiti, also surf Papenoo break N, Paea S (ref:GT World)

FESTIVALS:

French Polynesia Hawaiki Nui Va’a massive boat race

 

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