My husband and I went on a three week trip of some highlights of New Zealand and Australia. Our travel planner, after just a few conversations, planned out our amazing customized itinerary of everything we could have wanted to do and more! We went to Auckland, Marlborough, Queenstown, Sydney, Hamilton Island, and drove the Great Ocean Road. When we had a slight issue with rain and one of our tours a quick email to our travel planner and she responded right back. That is the difference with planning a trip versus hiring a travel agent. I didn't want to work on my vacation and the travel planner made sure to take care of some of these things and was always so quick to reply! There is not much I would have changed about this trip except the weather on Hamilton Island, but unfortunately no one has control over that! We absolutely loved New Zealand. I definitely would recommend if anyone is going to that side of the world then New Zealand is a MUST! Also, flying first/business class for the long flights. We were on a plane for 26 hours going to Auckland and 21 hours from Melbourne and being able to relax and putting our feet up and enjoying the plane ride made all the difference! We saved our miles for 2 years to be able to do that and it was worth it!!! Thank you to our travel planner and the team at the travel company for making our holiday one to remember for a lifetime!
It is really hard to pick!! Marlborough was amazing visiting all the vineyards and wineries we drink back home! Queenstown was just stunning and having drinks on the lake at a local bar. The Dart River excursion was just so fun! We did it in the rain and it was still a blast! And Sydney! What a clean and beautiful city on the water! A HUGE HIGHLIGHT was feeding the Kangaroos at the a wildlife park on our full day Blue Mountains Tour!
I wouldn't have even spent a night in Melbourne. We were there for just 1 day and 1 night thank god. I felt it was just a typical city and living so close to Manhattan it honestly felt like a mini Manhattan. Our worst hotel was there too. It had flies and smelled, but we were only there for 1 night before departing back home. Also, I probably would have picked to go to another island like Fiji versus Hamilton Island. Even though we were at an Adults Only resort, the island overall is extremely family oriented and the swim up bar is located in the main pool where kids are all around you. I would have opted for Fiji or somewhere else nearby.
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