Destinations in Australia and New Zealand

Auckland

Auckland
Auckland is a nice city and a good base for our day trip to Hobbiton. We opted to stay there rather than breaking the stay into Auckland and Rotorua. 

Cairns

island
We enjoy snorkeling and knew we had to see the Great Barrier Reef while in Australia. We chose to access it via Cairns because it was convenient and fit our budget. 

Dunedin and Christchurch

Dunedin was a pleasant surprise. We came here for the Otago peninsula and found the city itself enjoyable too. 

Hobart

restaurant
Hobart and Tasmania in general may not get the attention of some of the places on the Australian mainland but it is still definetly worth a visit. We are fortunate enough to have family to host us.

Melbourne

sunset
We expected to like Melbourne a lot and we did. It's a great city for wandering and exploring.  

Nelson

bikes
Nelson is pleasant town close to Abel Tasman park and with a (now closed) interesting museum.

Sydney

Clouds obscuring buildings
To be honest, I didn't love Sydney. But I think a lot of that is due to the weather, which was rainy the entire time we were there. So we couldn't really do some of the outdoor activities we had planned. What we were able to do, we enjoyed. The opera was everything we hoped for and more. 

Te Anau and Queenstown

Lake Te Anau
Te Anau and Queenstown are both gateway communities to Fiordland. Te Anau is smaller and quieter, and closer to Doubtful and Milford Sounds; Queenstown is larger, busier, and has other adventure activities. 

The Red Centre

footprints
Hot. Dusty. Lots of flies. Also magical, eerie, beautiful, and unique. This was a centerpiece of our Australian trip.

Wellington

Zealandia
We loved Wellington. It's quirky, walkable, has some great sights and restaurants. And it is windy!