This is our 3rd trip book via agents recommended by Zicasso. Our prior two experiences were excellent and so we had high expectations for this trip and were not let down.
This was a one month trip to both Australia and New Zealand with 9 separate locations including 6 internal flights. In addition, there were days when my husband and I wanted to do different things. It was a long and complicated trip.
Our travel planner was delightful to deal with. First, she listened to what I had to say. She respected our initial budget and worked with us when we wanted to upgrade some stays. She had good recommendations for hotels with a variety of small and intimate and larger boutique hotels in some of the larger towns. Every tour she recommended was of high quality and interesting.
In Australia we visited Sydney, Cairns, Ayers Rock, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Tasmania. We most enjoyed the areas we knew little about. Every Aussie we met was surprised we were going to Kangaroo Island and said they had not been themselves. This was THE highlight of our trip. The Island in beautiful with sheer cliffs, crashing waves and no land south of you until Antarctica. The Southern Ocean Lodge was our indulgence for the trip and we are so glad we stayed there. It is, hands down, the best hotel experience we have ever had. The service is impeccable but not stuffy, the food spectacular and the tours very interesting. And it is all included with your stay.
We loved everything about New Zealand. We expected to love Queenstown and did. Milford Sound does not disappoint. We did the fly, boat to Milford which we highly recommend vs the 4.5 hour bus ride. We did not know much about Rotorua and found it fascinating. We took a trip out to the volcano island (White Island) which was unbelievable. Auckland was just a necessary stop to fly out but we enjoyed the vibrant dock area. We had tickets for the ferry to Waiheke Island and are so glad we went. We spent the entire day wandering the town and visiting the wine tastings. The views from Mudbrick winery are amazing.
- We spent 2 nights on Kangaroo Island and really wanted three.
- The owners of Southern Ocean Lodge also own a place at Ayers Rock. Had our travel planner asked in advance, we would have said no it was too much, but now we wish we had.
An entire month seemed like an exorbitant amount of time, but it flew by quickly.
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