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Combining Theme Park Visits and Roller Coaster Rides with Cultural Experiences Around the World!
2016 New Zealand & Australia Trip
November 1-24, 2016
Part 1 - Arriving in New Zealand
Thanks to an incredible deal, this trip to New Zealand and Australia was made possible, and it begins in Auckland with a walk through the city.
Part 2 - Walk to Mission Bay
Another day in Auckland calls for another walk through town while heading down to Mission Bay.
Part 3 - Mount Eden
Continuing the exploration of Auckland with hike to the top of the volcanic cap known as Mount Eden.
Part 4 - Rainbow's End
The first theme park of the trip is to the biggest in New Zealand, Rainbow's End, home to a variety of rides including one of the most unique mouse style coasters.
Part 5 - Arrival in Sydney
After some time in New Zealand, it's on to Australia, starting with Sydney to see the Opera House, a ride the ferry to Manly, and explore the site of the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Mrs. Macquarie's Point
Before going to the next theme park of the trip, a visit along a popular park along the Sydney Harbour area with stunning views of the Bridge and Opera House.
Part 7 - Sydney's Luna Park
The first amusement park of Australia for the trip, this classic park features one of the last remaining wooden wild mouse coasters, and an old style fun house.
Part 8 - Sydney Harbour Bridge & Rocks Tour
After Luna Park, a stroll across the Sydney Harbour Bridge offers some fantastic harbour views, and a tour of the part of town called The Rocks gives insight into the past of Sydney.
Part 9 - Bondi Beach & Darling Harbour
The last day in Sydney includes a visit to one of the most famous beaches of Australia, and an evening to the nearby Darling Harbour.
Part 10 - Walking through Cairns
The next stop of the trip is to the North in Queensland visiting Cairns, taking some time to walk though town.
Part 11 - Green Island & The Great Barrier Reef
One of many people's bucket list items includes a visit to see Australia's Great Barrier Reef, and that would be part of this trip by way of Green Island, off of the coast of Cairns.
Part 12 - Warner Bros. Movie World
After arriving to the Brisbane area, then heading south the theme park mecca of Australia, the Gold Coast, a visit to Warner Bros. Movie World for some of Australia's biggest coasters.
Part 13 -
The opportunity to see some of Australia's wildlife at the zoo created by famous wildlife expert, Steve Irwin.
Part 14 - Aussie World
A smaller park located North of Brisbane, Aussie World would provide one of the biggest disappointments of the trip because of the closure of a classic.
Part 15 - Sea World & Wet'n'Wild
The wetter side of the Australian Theme Parks comes with visits to Sea World, the marine animal park, and to Wet'n'Wild, one of Australia's largest water parks.
Part 16 - Alice Springs
As Phillip heads home, Gary continues on to the middle of the Australian continent to Alice Springs, going for a hike up ANZAC Hill and into the Telegraph Station Reserve.
Part 17 - Kings Park & Indian Ocean
With a few days in Perth, one is spent visiting the city, starting with a morning visit to Kings Park for excellent views of the Swan River.
Part 18 - Fremantle
The middle of the day visit to Fremantle included seeing some historic structures, including a tour through
one of Australia's oldest and most infamous prisons.
Part 19 - Perth CBD & Elizabeth Quay
The exploring of Perth is wrapped up with a walk though the heart of the Central Business District and along the Swan River in Elizabeth Quay.
Part 20 - Adventure World
Before catching a red-eye flight, A visit is made to Western Australia's largest water and amusement park, featuring a large selection of water attractions and other rides.
Part 21 - Walking Through Melbourne
After the late night flight, it's time to take a walk through the city of Melbourne with a local friend to get a lay of the land.
Part 22 - Luna Park Melbourne & St. Kilda
The final amusement park of the trip and a visit the next morning to see the St. Kilda Penguin Reserve.
Part 23 - Victoria Parliament
A tour through Parliament for the State of Victoria grants an opportunity to find the similarities and differences with local governments from back home.
Part 24 - Back to Auckland
As the time comes to get ready for the return home, it comes with a return back to Auckland, and the town is getting ready for the Christmas season as the holdiday is approaching.
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