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Australia New Zealand on bucket list

The United Airlines Houston to Sydney route flies right over my house near Hondo Texas on a clear day I can see the 787 Dreamliner either coming or going usually follows the same flight path. So like a nerd I look at flight tracker to see when I can catch a glimpse of the airliner. Anyway one of these days I would love to visit Australia and New Zealand so that is on my bucket list. Anybody who has been there please share youíre stories and tell me how much $ it will take. Iím more interested in the country side than the urban areas.
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I live there.

So does Rowan.
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daughter went to New Zealand for 5 months as part of a study abroad program (North Island mostly). she also visited Australia for two weeks (northern East coast). every day was a new adventure & her friendships will last a lifetime. good thing she is young cuz I was exhausted just reading her stories, pics & vids. Wifey went to visit her for 10 days but that was as fast as the blink of an eye. if you go, go for as long as possible
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We recently returned from a 12 day cycling cruise / tour of New Zealand. 330 miles, 22,000 feet of climbing, 8 days of cycling including the north and south island starting in Queenstown and ending in Auckland. This was the hardest cycling tour we have done with a commercial tour company. The terrain is spectacular with the roads fair to good with lots of punchy climbing, wind as well as long climbs. We liked it.

Santana Adventures was the tour operator and incorporated a cruise line into the tour such that we cruised at night into a different port and cycled during the day. Our bikes were hauled via truck to meet up with the cruise ship each morning. Meals were on the ship. We flew American Airlines, San Diego to LAX and then a Dreamliner from LAX to Auckland with a connecting flight to Queenstown. NZ is 5 hours time difference with the west coast but the next day since one crosses the international dateline.

2nd Day- Queenstown to Glenorchy, 29 miles, 3000 ft climbing with punchy 12 to 15% grades- spectacular ride in Fiordland National Park along Lake Wakatipu.



End of the ride at the southern most point in New Zealand. The sign shows the distances and direction to other places. The next stop south is Antarctica.

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I visited NZ for a couple of weeks. I didn't do any cycling ... just drove all over creation seeing the sights.

Let me tell you ... I loved all of it. Amazing country. But the area that really got me going was the area around Queenstown. I knew I would feel at home when two gents rolled their bikes into the lobby of the hotel, dripping with mud, and the clerk didn't bat an eye.

We were there in their fall season, so the weather wasn't ideal for cycling. But OMG ... what potential. I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

Yea ... you should go.




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might want to stay off the highways? just saw this news story & video. not sure if the date/time stamp on the video is accurate tho

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Some day, I'll get to New Zealand. I even have relatives there.
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Thanks everyone for the replies and the pictures. I have browsed Machka’s websites over the last year I have been here many great pictures on them. I went to Crazy Guy On A Bike website, some guy from Utah that rode his bike from Perth to Sydney eating Australian hamburgers called The Works where they put a fried egg on it to top it off. I believe he rode a Bike Friday across Australia. Hopefully someday soon I will make the trek down under.
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Rowan is born and raised Australian.
I visited for the first time in 2004 for 3 months, then again in 2008 for about 2 weeks, and then I moved here in 2009.
I became a citizen in 2016.


I have travelled and cycled in Queensland, NSW, ACT, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. I've lived in Victoria and Tasmania.


Cost ... well, that depends. Get a good price on a flight and that might be about $2000. Once you're here, generally speaking, it's a bit more expensive than Canada.


However, there are ways to save money. Buy groceries in grocery stores. Camp in State Forests. Cycle to get around.


Australian Hamburger ... has a fried egg, beetroot and pineapple inside. So it's something like bun, hamburger patty or two, cheese, egg, beetroot, tomato, lettuce, pineapple bun. When I was cycling through Queensland back in 2004, I ate pretty much one meal a day: Australian Hamburger + chips.


And Rowan cycled from Perth to Adelaide way back when.


Just remember one thing: Australia is the size of mainland USA, so if you're planning to spend some time here, come for a while! Plan to come for at least a month ... perhaps even the 3 your visitor's visa will give you
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I priced round trip Houston to Sydney for 2,000.. but I wasn’t really shopping I did find Qantas, DFW aka Dallas-Fort Worth to Sydney for 1700 ... i have been to Canada and of course Mexico, and Central America via cruise ship and some Caribbean islands. Hilo Hawaii is the farthest I’ve ever been away from Texas. 15-17 hr plane ride and arriving 2 days later I might go crazy I guess you get 2 days back on the return. Beginning the planning stage and going from there..
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
might want to stay off the highways? just saw this news story & video. not sure if the date/time stamp on the video is accurate tho

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN1EjZ41De8

That was yesterday or maybe the day before in Melbourne.
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In any travel, think of the seasonal differences -- southern hemisphere is opposite of northern hemisphere. The northern part of the island continent is largely north of the Tropic of Capricorn and there are very hot summers and warm winters... with rainfall (that results in flooding of a huge nature) generally possible from December to March (ie,summer). The furthest part south, on other hand, has the highest risk of sunburn because of thinner atmosphere thickness.

I have lived in Tasmania for fairly large of my life, but also in Far North Queensland, Perth Western Australia (where I started cycling 21-22 years ago) and central Victoria near Lake Eildon, north of Melbourne.

Where to go? Hmmm... Tasmania is still my liked place; it does have challenges with hilly terrain and winter weather, but also has some things to do. Everywhere else on mainland Australia (except Sydney and parts of New South Wales) can have its own appeal and attraction. Much does depend on self-interest and ability to cover the desired riding in time, and the ability to maintain some relaxed comfort. Oh, and access to adequate funding for the holiday is essential.
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daughter went to New Zealand for 5 months as part of a study abroad program (North Island mostly). she also visited Australia for two weeks (northern East coast). every day was a new adventure & her friendships will last a lifetime. good thing she is young cuz I was exhausted just reading her stories, pics & vids. Wifey went to visit her for 10 days but that was as fast as the blink of an eye. if you go, go for as long as possible
My daughter spent six months at Wellington University - study abroad from Georgia Tech.

She flew to the South Island and drove around for two weeks. Photos were amazing.


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I spent approximately 9 days in Sydney with a side trip via train to the Blue Mountains. It was one of the most pleasurable and exciting vacations I have ever had. The people are great, the city is cleaner than any city I've ever been to and there seems to be something to do wherever you turn. Now that I'm married, I've been anxious to get some more free time and take my wife there. Flying out of LAX to SYD via Qantas costs almost nothing if you're willing to book ahead by a couple of months. I just checked the cost of a round trip ticket 2 months out and I can do it for around $900. That's nothing.
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The view behind you looks like a painting.

I might have to do this.


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Every time I finally start planning a big trip something breaks either it is a surgery or the roof needs replacing. Generally higher priorities. I would enjoy running around the Outback having some beer with the locals and trying to survive. Such a large area to see it all. The Great Barrier Reef would be awesome and Tasmanias diversity. Then New Zealand oh I could ramble for hours at only 50 I am a youngster in the 50+ forum so hopefully in the kind of near future I can take a trek down under.
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The view behind you looks like a painting.

I might have to do this.


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You should! Just noticed that awesome pix appears to have been taken from the same location as the last of the ones that I shared. Gotta go back.
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It is hard to better the pic I posted but NZ is full of amazing scenery that in most cases cannot be captured in a pic or painted. The terrain is rugged and the vegetation interesting. We often talked on the trip about being able to take a helicopter ride to get an overview of the terrain. The size and steepness of the mountains is breathtaking.

Flowers found in NZ that may have medicinal implications - as far as one can see.

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2 hour high speed boat ride down a river near Queenstown - 60 mph. These kiwis know how to drive a boat fast.



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2 hour high speed boat ride down a river near Queenstown - 60 mph. These kiwis know how to drive a boat fast.
Awesome.

Funny thing about those jet boats. We did that on the Shotover River, and it was a hoot. A little later that day, we chanced upon the Kawaru Bridge. I gave it some thought and went for a bungee jump.

https://www.bungy.co.nz/queenstown/k...-bridge-bungy/

My SO thought I was nuts. But as good as those Kiwis are with those jet boats, they occasionally make mistakes, and have had accidents. They're actually more dangerous than the bungee jumps. Whodathunkit?
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I never pass on a chance to post one of my kid's New Zealand pictures.
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Wife and I are planning a trip down under this summer. Going with my daughter and her family. Never been there but really looking forward to it as it is on my bucket list. Closest I ever got to Australia was in the 1965-66 in South Vietnam. That was not exactly a vacation.
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Wife and I are planning a trip down under this summer. Going with my daughter and her family. Never been there but really looking forward to it as it is on my bucket list. Closest I ever got to Australia was in the 1965-66 in South Vietnam. That was not exactly a vacation.
Which months?

And where are you thinking of going?
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Which months?

And where are you thinking of going?
Not sure. Either June or July. My daughter is making all the arrangements. We're just along for the ride. The stay will be about two weeks and she has some tours and stuff that they want to do. I'll know more when they get some stuff finalized.
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