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rwhansen

Australia and New Zealand

by rwhansen »

Check Grand Circle at www.gct.com.  We went with them last year and they were fabulous.

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BethJ

RE: Australia and New Zealand

by BethJ »

Hi All,

 Need advice! A good 3 week escorted tour of Australia and New Zealand. Collette reviews run hot and cold. Tauck is very expensive but has anyone taken it? Please advise. 

  Thanks,

  Beth

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Pauline Frommer

RE: Australia and New Zealand

by Pauline Frommer »

Tauck is usually considered top of the line. But I'm wondering why you're doing a group tour? It's pretty easy to see the highlights of Australia and New Zealand independently, as both are English-speaking countries, with dozens of day tours that you can pick up as you go along.

 You might also look into the offerings of Intrepid Travel, since it's based in Australia (if you do want a tour). Good luck!

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mtr11945

RE: Australia and New Zealand

by mtr11945 »

We are planning a 2 months trip to Australia for March 2017.  Is it the best time to go?. We are flexible with our dates. We are in our early seventies.  We are planning to go to Sydney Melbourne,, Pert Cains, Brisbane and Alice Springs to go and see Ayers rock.  To save money we will stay in appartments.  We don't want to rent a car. We are planning to take as many tours possible in each of the city visited. Are we realistic with our project? We thinkg of a budget no higher then 40,000cdn.

 

Thanks


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Pauline Frommer

RE: Australia and New Zealand

by Pauline Frommer »

It's very difficult to say that one period of time is best for ALL of Australia. The truth is: it's a massive country. And in the outback, winter can be better than summer, because it gets beastly hot in summer. But you'll be there during their fall in March, which should be a good compromise.

One note: Alice Springs is several hours away from Uluru (Ayers Rock). If that's what you want to see in the Outback, you should go there directly. Alice Springs has its own charms, but it's no longer used as the jumping off point for Uluru.

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mquartz

RE: Australia and New Zealand

by mquartz »

March is perfect for Sydney, Melbourne, Perth.

In Brisbane it is still a bit like summer, but not quite as humid and hot.

Cairns is very wet in March, monsoon season, but some folks like it because it is also "green" when you go to the rainforest etc., and it doesn't rain nonstop 24 hours, either. Still...

March in "The Alice" is still hot, it only gets a little less so in April, but that's when the hordes of heat-shy tourists flock in... So if you can stand a century on the old scale (high thirties in Celsius), by all means go in March.

Start in Tasmania, it gets chilly in winter...

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gargikale2205

RE: Australia and New Zealand

by gargikale2205 »

Tauck is good for escorted tour. But I agree with Pauline, for Australia and New Zealand you can plan your customise  tour booking. It would be a way more cheaper  then escorted tours.

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Amgall

RE: Australia and New Zealand

by Amgall »

We too are considering Australia and New Zealand and are thinking of doing it independently. Frankly, New Zealand interests me more of the two. Would it make sense to do three weeks in New Zealand and then just a week seeing, say, Sydney and Melbourne?

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mquartz

RE: Australia and New Zealand

by mquartz »

To my way of thinking, having lived in Sydney for many years and visited NZ a few times, it makes no sense to think of the two countries in one breath for one trip. I know, it's because the trip "down there" is so long that people lump them together, but would you consider "doing" the US and also, say, British Columbia in the same trip?

There is sooo much more to Australia than Melbourne and Sydney! Both cities are fine, with lots to offer, but visiting those two alone would not, in my opinion, warrant the long flight.

It's when you go to places like Tasmania for a week, the environs of Sydney (a circular trip down the coast to, say Batemans Bay, inland to Canberra, north to Jenolan Caves and Blue Mountains and on to the Hunter Valley and past "The Entrance" back down to Sydney), Cairns and the area to the north of it and inland, Alice Springs and Uluru (for more than a day...), Western Australia from Perth down to Denmark (really!) and many points in between - those are the areas worthy of the long flight from North America.

And while you're "down there", by all means give Sydney a good few days, and Melbourne, and the Great Ocean Road (in stages, not in a rushed one-day drive-by). And on and on.

New Zealand indeed deserves a couple of weeks at least. It's different from Australia - in many ways, some subtle, some not so subtle, and within those two islands there is such a variety of looks and climates, from the almost Hawaii-like top of the north to the alpine almost Switzerland-like south, and much in between - enough to absorb if done right, you won't need the big-city bustle of Sydney after NZ, it would only dilute the impression you just got from Kiwiland!

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Sean321

RE: Australia and New Zealand

by Sean321 »

I love New Zealand and I will say this country is a home of great attractions. There are many places which are famous for the winter as well as for the summer season. Now, This winter, I am planning to go there this winter season. I hope I will enjoy there a lot. 

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