We are planning a trip Nov.28th through Dec 21, 2014 to Australia, NZ and The south Pacific.
It all really started with booking a week- long cruise to Tahiti, Bora Bora and some of the other French Polynesian Islands. That is on the Paul Gauguin Cruise line from 12-13 to 12-20, 2014.
We erroneously thought Tahiti was fairly close to Australia ( and since we are coming from the East coast of the USA, relatively speaking, it is close!) So we decided to plan our dream vacation to Australia.
However,( never satisfied), we thought we would go to NZ as well. I could probably skip this but my husband really wanted to go, and the flights from NZ to Tahiti are cheaper than from cities in Australia.
So this is what I have worked out thus far:
Nov 28 through Nov 30 Fly to Sydney
Nov 30 Sydney ( plan on doing Zoo and Harbour area...we have been told to do things which are not too relaxing so that we will stay awake until a decent time in the evening.)
Dec 1 or 2nd Blue Mountains
Dec 3 Fly to Alice Springs for a taste of the Outback ( flight would be 9:50 am to 11:30 am)
Dec 4 full day in the outback
Dec 5 1/2 day in Outback fly to Cairns at 5:20 PM arrive in Cairns at 8 PM
Dec 6, 7,8 full days at the great Barrier reef
Dec 9 fly to Auckland, NZ 12:20 PM arrive at 12:20 AM ( are we getting the day we lost back?) it is a non stop flight 5.25 hrs
Dec 10,11 full days in NZ
Dec 12 NZ to Papette ( leave 6:35 PM arrive 12:50 am)
Dec 13th leave in the evening for our cruise...finally able to relax!
Dec 21 fly to LA then to JFK in NY
When I added up the Australia, NZ , Tahiti flights up it came to $1467 a person. ( we are using frequent flier points to fly to Sydney and to fly home from Tahiti)
I does seem fairly packed, however, I suppose since we have to fly to Tahiti anyway, why not stop in NZ rather than another city in Australia. So what do you think? Any suggestions?