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Traveling from New Zealand

texas
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Traveling from New Zealand

I am going to NZ to stay with family in Feb-March and I wanted to visit Australia for a few days. I am a twenty something female traveling by myself. I am looking for recomendations for guided tours leaving from New Zealand. Thanks!

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1. Re: Traveling from New Zealand

Hi. A few days? Not much time to see a country the size of the contiguous US. What did you have in mind? I reckon you could organise a few days in Sydney for yourself. Or did you want to to have a summery beach type experience rather than a city, or some variety, or a tick off the must-see's? We don't get a lot of discussion on this forum about organised multiday tours, I guess it's more a DIY forum, though there was a thread going for a while in the 'Suggestion Box' type area for such a forum to be added. Oh well, I expect you'll get some suggestions for major tour operators in the morning, or check in the Top Questions panel over on the right in case there's something there. But I am concerned that "a few days" really doesn't give you much time to see anything, not sure if a tour would benefit by ensuring you make the most of your limited time or not be worthwhile at all. So how many days ARE we talking?.

texas
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2. Re: Traveling from New Zealand

Thank you for your response. I am willing to put together my own trip I just need some guidance. I'm looking for recomendations as to which city to fly into for the best experience. I figured I can take day trips from there. I am keen on experiencing the Great Barrier Reef for about 2 days. I am mostly wanting nature experiences. I will be flying in from Auckland and plan to stay up to a week. Unfortunatly Australia is so big with so much great stuff to see, I know I cannot realistically see it all on my budget.

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3. Re: Traveling from New Zealand

You can fly direct to Cairns from Auckland. If you can only spare a week I would say stick to two destinations and the obvious ones are Far North Queensland (ie Cairns, Port Douglas or wherever) and Sydney. I would split it 4 days FNQ and 3 days Sydney, but of course you'll lose some time in the travel in there. If you have a read over the trip reports and other general information available on TripAdvisor it's really easy to plan it yourself. If you're budget is a limitation doing it yourself will save you money too so perhaps enable you to do a bit more than you would otherwise.

oh.. just in case you're not really across the geography, you'd fly between FNQ and Sydney and it would chew up at least half a day or more depending on your flight time.

Edited: 17 January 2013, 19:52
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4. Re: Traveling from New Zealand

Have a look at the airlines to see where they fly into ... and where they fly from in NZ - I don't know which city you'll be leaving from.

Try :

Qantas

Air New Zealand

Virgin

Jetstar

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5. Re: Traveling from New Zealand

From Auckland.

But I must admit I had to read the reply three times. I was doing that to see where Snodge got the 'week' from, just couldn't see why she thought a week. Not sure why we were missing stuff? Oh well :-)

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6. Re: Traveling from New Zealand

Sydney to Cairns is like flying from Miami to New York, Australia is a big place.

I would suggest Auckland to Cairns - then Cairns Sydney and fly out from Sydney

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