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Australia New Zealand 2008

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NZ  On Franz Josef Glacier

AUS  Great Ocean Road from the helicopter

AUS  Uluru (Ayers Rock)

In February 2008,  we had planned a 6 week trip to Australia and New Zealand.  On January 22, 2008, Jan broke her ankle while visiting Greg in Spokane.  The trip was rescheduled from November 3 to December 14,  2008.

We spent 3 weeks in Australia (AUS) followed by 3 weeks in New Zealand (NZ).  On Saturday November 1st, we flew to LA.  We stayed with Russ until our flight left for Sydney on November 3rd at 11:45 pm.  After a fun filled 14.5 hours we arrived in Sydney at 9:15 am on November 5.  We lost November 4th somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.  The AUS portion was totally pre paid: airfares, airport transfers, hotels and tours.

The NZ portion of the trip was a rental car and ferry tickets plus the flight from Cairns AUS to Christchurch NZ and the flight home from Auckland.  NZ is about the size of Colorado, but is long and thin.  We booked a rental car for 11 days on the South Island with Hertz. We returned the car at Picton and took the ferry to Wellington on the North Island, where we got another Hertz car for another 9 days. Other than that, we were on our own.  We departed Auckland on December 14 at 7:40 pm and arrived in Los Angeles at 10:30 am, on the same day.  We lost a day going over but gain it back on the return. Another fun filled 11 hour trip.  We stayed with Russ for 2 nights and returned home on December 16. 


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