Welcome to Tom and Jana's 2006
Australia and New Zealand Journal!

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Six days in the Melbourne, Australia, region, ten days in New Zealand, and a few necessary travel days.

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We spent our time in Victoria state, Australia, visiting with an old friend Tom had met in Europe eleven years earlier. He and his family were great hosts, showing us some of the regular tourist attractions in the area and also treating us to some of Victoria's great scenic drives, boating on Lake Eildon, and kangaroo spotting in the bush. In addition, we also did two famous Aussie tours: The Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island.

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From Melbourne, we flew on to Auckland, New Zealand. We rented a car and drove south, traveling across about three-quarters of both the North and South Islands. While ten days is certainly not enough time to see New Zealand, we did all we could, visiting geothermal areas, beaches, mountains, glaciers and more. We rolled down a hill in a human-sized hamster ball, went spelunking in a glowworm cave, rode a "luge" on a concrete track, and jumped off a cliff. Only in New Zealand!

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Tom the Zorbonaut, Rotorua, New Zealand

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Jana gets grimy, Taniwha Cave, New Zealand

Use the detailed menu below to jump to any part of our journal. Be warned: This section is loaded with photos. High-speed internet connection is highly recommended. We are not responsible for frying your telephone line!

Day   1   Knoxville to Los Angeles
Day   2   Los Angeles and Beyond
Day   3   Auckland to Melbourne, Australia
Day   4   The Great Ocean Road
Day   5   Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary and Black Spur Drive
Day   6   Melbourne and Macs Cove
Day   7   Lake Eildon and Mt. Buller
Day   8   Melbourne and Phillip Island
Day   9   Melbourne to Auckland, New Zealand
Day   10   Mangere to Rotorua, Including Zorb
Day   11   Rotorua to Taupo, Including Wai-O-Tapu and Huka Falls
Day   12   Taupo to Wellington, Including Orakei Korako
Day   13   Wellington to Nelson, Including the Interisland Ferry
Day   14   Nelson to Greymouth, Including Buller Gorge
Day   15   Greymouth to Okarito, Including Caving and Arthur's Pass
Day   16   Okarito to Wanaka, Including Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers
Day   17   Wanaka to Queenstown, Including Jet Boating
Day   18   Queenstown, Including Canyon Swing and Luge
Day   19   Queenstown to Auckland and Beyond
Day   20   LA to Knoxville

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