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CRUISING NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA

ON BOARD THE REGENT SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER

FEBRUARY 2012

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Auckland, New Zealand

We flew down from Honolulu and spent a couple of days visiting friends and sightseeing.  We took some hikes through the "bush" and saw some magnificent scenery.  A highlight was a visit to the nesting grounds of the gannets, seabirds preparing for their annual migration to Tasmania.

 

Tauranga

We hd a great day with Doreen and Ariel Leibovitz, friends from Houston.  We hire a driver who took us to a large kiwi fruit farm, and later to the geothernal area in Rotorua.

 

 

Picton

We trekked the Queen Charlotte Sound.  Not exactly the Milford Trek, but when you do the Milford you don't get to visit a WW I airplane museum or a brew pub like we did.

 

 

Wellington

This capital city appears to be quite livable.  It is an easy walk to town from the ship and all attractions are within easy walking distance, including the wonderful Te Papa museum.

 

 

Akaroa

We have made it to the picturesque South Island.  We spent a long time touring a working sheep, meeting the farmer and his family.  Everyone pitches in including the farmer's father-in-law who drives tourists to the farm.

 

 

Dunedin

Not too much to see or do here.  There is a first class university (Otago) which has a very good museum about the South Pacific islanders including the Hawaiians.  The other highlight is the railroad station.  A little bit of Scotland in the southern hemisphere.

 

 

The South Island Sounds  (Dusky, Doubtful, and Milford)

Our Captain took advantage of perfect weather and took the ship deep inside these beautiful inlets.  

 

 

 

Hobart

The Museum of Old and New Art is all the rage in southeast Australia.  It has to be seen to be believed.  You won't find Picasso or Monet here.  Every exhibit is either ultramodern or is 2,000 years old.  Every guest is issued an i-Phone with a GPS system that knows what you are looking at and provides as much information as he wants or needs.  Far out is not far enough to describe this place

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Melbourne and Sydney

We spent most of our time in Australia visiting with friends.  We were happy to reunite with Eva and Russell Caplan, Heather Carmody and Anthony Baird, Linda and Keith Hunter, Lesley and Peter Giles, Judy and Paul Hughes, and Elizabeth and Geoff Brown.