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Don and Linda Downunder

by on Mar.08, 2008, under Donald Bingle, Donald Bingle Family, Linda Bingle

In January, we went to Australia and New Zealand with our friends Dewey and Cheryl Frech. Since the Frechs had never been to Australia, they decided to go a day earlier so they could spend more time around Sydney. Weather intervened and they arrived within a half and hour of us. Of course, that was still three days ahead of our luggage. Despite the problems, we had a fine time, going out with a bird guide the second day, then boarding the cruise ship, spending a day in Sydney, then on to Melbourne and Hobart (Tasmania) in Australia, then three days at sea before hitting the fjords on the southwest coast of New Zealand (it rained. . .er. . .was ethereal) with stops after on the east side of New Zealand at Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, and Auckland. We then rented a car for a couple days and went to Waitomo Caves and saw the geothermal stuff at Rotorua. Along the way we saw lots of birds (including blue and yellow-eyed penguins), seals, sea lions, miniature dolphins, and plenty of wild scenic. We also went on a jet boat ride, rode in giant atvs around up and down the steep coast of New Zealand, and had a very nice time.

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