This travel agency provided us with great service from the start. We wanted to be on our own for a week in Australia -- but be met, taken to our hotels, taken to airports, have tickets to the Opera House tour and the opera itself and tickets to the Australian Open and a tour of the Great Ocean Road -- all arranged for us. We wanted to then fly to Aukland and join a tour. Our contact at the company helped with all our plans and when we asked a lot of questions and made changes in plans, she was helpful and responsive. Everything we needed was provided by her in advance so when we set off we had no worries. The trip itself was wonderful.
In Australia, we were in just two cities, Melbourne and Sydney. Memorable in Melbourne: staying in a great hotel along the river, walking to the National Gallery of Victoria (a great museum), seeing Roger Federer play in Rod Laver Arena and spending a day on the Great Ocean Road with an incredible guide, Ricarda. Memorable in Sydney: staying in a great hotel with a view of the Opera House, the Opera House tour (a must) and a performance in the Joan Sutherland Theater, walking in the Botanical Gardens. Memorable in New Zealand: everything! From starting in Aukland and finding a fantastic restaurant and ending with a cruise on Milford Sound and flying back to Queenstown, every day was interesting. New Zealand is a beautiful country. Lake Wai-o-tapi's thermal wonders, the Zealandia Sanctuary at Night (seeing kiwis), Napier, Wellington and its great museum, the ferry ride from the North Island to the South Island, Mt. Cook and a cruise to see the Tasman Glacier, a wonderful tour of a farm and a lunch there featuring all foods grown on the farm, Abel Tasman National Park, too many highlights to name them all.
I would spend one day less in the North Island and one day more in Wellington -- or perhaps Napier. The North and South Islands are very different and exploring both was totally worthwhile, but we felt we spent a little too much time in the Rotorua area.
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