S: 2008 Graduation Trip
BC: Forty Days Eleven Flights Three Countries One Continent
FC: New Zealand Australia Fiji
1: May 2 May 3 May 4 May 5 May 6 May 7 May 8 May 9 May 10 May 11 May 12 May 13 May 14 May 15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 24 May 25 May 26 May 27 May 28 May 29 May 30 May 31 June 1 June 2 June 3 June 4 | Christchurch, Queenstown Bluff, Te Anau Milford Sound Queenstown Wanaka, Fox Glacier Fox Glacier Fox Glacier Abel Tasman Kaikoura Hanmer Springs, Christchurch Sydney Sydney Sydney Uluru Melbourne Melbourne Melbourne Gold Coast Brisbane Brisbane Brisbane Brisbane Cairns Cape Tribulation Cape Tribulation Cairns Cairns, Auckland Nadi, Fiji Nadi, Fiji Fiji Fiji Fiji Fiji Canada | Drive around countryside Drive around Southern point Milford Sound, Glowworm Caves Tour City, Gondola Drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier Fox Glacier hike Fox Glacier to Hokititka to Panukaki to Nelson Bark Bay hike Tour Nelson, drive to Kaikura Hot Springs, Tour City Sydney Aquarium Manly Beach, Botantical Gardens Blue Mountains Ayers Rock Tour City Great Ocean Drive Frankston, Penguin Parade Surfing Australia Zoo Lone Pine Sanctuary Tour City Mount Cootha Tour City Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas Tour Jungle Surfing, Port Douglas Tour Great Barrier Reef Tour City, fly to Auckland South Sea Island Bounty Island Natadola Beach, Malomalo Village, Sigatoka Sand Dunes Clay hike, water tube Naiyala highschool, Village Warm mud pools, Fly home Arrive home | Graduation Trip 2008
2: New Zealand | Gas in London: $1.17/L | Beginning of the highway in Bluff
3: Key Summit
4: Homer Tunnel
5: Milford Sound
6: Queenstown | Mirror Lake
7: Minus 5 Ice Bar | Ingrid & Niels
9: We had a full day tour with Fox Glacier Guiding. Jeff & Geoff were our tour guides and gave us wool mitts, hats, rain gear, and crampons. It rained most of the day so we had lunch under a parachute. | Fox Glacier | Climbing up hills and through caves
10: Punakaiki | Pancake Rocks & Blow Holes
12: Bark Bay to Marahau 5-8 hrs 23.3 km | Abel Talsman | Split Apple Rock
13: After a long day of driving, we stopped at Kaikoura. We walked the beach, and saw the beached seals taking advantage of the low tide. The Pacific Ocean was a beautiful bright blue. | Kaikoura
15: From Kaikoura, we drove to Hanmer Springs for the relaxing hot springs. The various springs were 36,40, 41 degrees. We drove to Christchurch to drop Niels off and to catch our flight. | Christchurch
18: We walked around the city seeing the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, cathedral, QEB (a giant mall with beautiful architecture), and the botanical gardens. The trees are huge with lots of knots, and wide growth. We went to Manly Beach and spent a lot of time with Matthew & Suzanne.
19: World Bar | Mushy peas meat pie
20: Sydney Aquarium
21: Fairy Penguins | Shark Egg | From our hostel, we walked to the aquarium in Darling Harbour. The aquarium has a gigantic shark tank that you can walk under and view several sharks, stingrays, and a giant turtle. We saw a variety of salt water fish and coral.
22: Bridal Veil Falls | Blue Mountains | We decided to do the hop on/off tour and got dropped off at the Gordon Falls. After taking in the view, we decided to hike the rest of the way. The paths were not labeled well so we zigzagged our way through. Along the way we saw many great views including the Bridal Veil Falls. | After viewing the Leura Cascades we walked up the long staircase to get us back to the road and caught the bus to take us to see the Three Sisters.
23: Three Sisters | Leura Cascades | After visiting the Three Sisters, we went for lunch, and walked through Katoomba visiting the different shops and taking our time. We got lost trying to find the train station and had to rush to catch the last train back to Sydney.
24: Uluru | We arrived around lunchtime and made arrangements to get dropped off for our base walk tour. We were later picked up for the sunset view and watched the rock turn different shades from a rust colour to dark red. After we got back from Uluru, we had an authentic Australian Outback barbecue for dinner. We grilled kangaroo, emu, crocodile, and beef skewers. We ate out on the patio and listened to Dave Cooke play his acoustic guitar and didgeridoo. | Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is located in Kata Tjuta National Park. It is sacred to the Aboriginal people and they don't approve of people climbing the rock. As the sun sets the rock changes colours from a bright auburn colour to a deep red at dusk.
26: For our Great Ocean Road tour, we booked Go West. We drove through the various towns and saw our first wild kangaroo watching us drive by and found wild koalas in the gum trees. Along the tour, we saw Bells Beach and walked through the Maits Rest Rainforest and Great Otway National Park where the trees grow up and around other trees. We stopped for lunch in Apollo Bay. Along the Great Ocean Road we saw the blowholes, Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and the Razor Back.
27: London Bridge | The Blowhole | Razor Back | Loch Ard Gorge | Twelve Apostles | Elephant Rock
28: Dominic's cousins picked us up in Melbourne and took us back to Frankston. They gave us a non-tourist tour of their area. We went to Sophia's for lunch and then headed to Phillip Island to see the penguin parade. We saw the view of the ocean, the Nobbies, and walked along the long boardwalk. At dusk, the fairy penguins slowly swim up in groups after weeks at sea. Their partners cry out letting them know where their homes are. Hundreds of penguins come to shore each day.
29: Phillip Island | The Nobbies
30: Petting my first koala | Kookaburra | Australia Zoo Steve Irwin Zoo | Tasmanian Devil | Porcupine
31: Irwin Family | Tortoise Feeding | Elephant Feeding
32: Lone Pine Sanctuary
33: Gremlin, Five year old Southern Australian male koala
35: Treasury Building | Burning Flame | Bank of Nova Scotia Wales | Chinatown | Brisbane Square | Gold Coast
38: We went on our tour at 10am. There were five platforms: doubles, fast, no hands, upside down. The platforms were 10,15, 20m high. | Jungle Surfing Cape Tribulation
39: After getting picked up in Cape Trib, we went for Daintree ice cream. The flavours were macadamia, black sapote, wattleseed and Jack fruit. | Fat Albert, 5m Crocodile | Three month old Crocodile | On the crocodile tour, we saw two 3m, one 5m; 3mth, 1mth and 1 week old crocodile.
40: Great Barrier Reef
41: We took the Michaelmans Cay tour and rode on the Spirit I catamaran. We had an underwater tour on a semi-submersible boat where we saw many aquatic creatures including turtles! We went scuba diving and saw a Wobblegong shark and touched soft and hard coral. Later we were taken to an island to go snorkeling. I saw a giant clam & sting ray!
43: South Sea Island
44: Bounty Island
45: 48 acres of wilderness and gardens, kayaking, and snorkeling
46: Downtown Suva | Markets | Fijian Countryside
47: Feejee Experience Day 1 | Mango Bay Resort | Sigatoka Sand Dunes | Natadola Beach
48: Malomalo Village
49: Day 2 | Tubing down Navua River | Local dancers at Raintree Lodge | Trekking through Namosi Highlands
50: Day 3 | Visiting Wailouta Village and having an official kava ceremony and afterwards the women made bracelets
51: Naiyala High School
52: Last night with Feejee tour group at Volivoli; family dinner, games and a campfire
54: Day 4 | Fijian tombstone for Ratu Udre Udre, the chief who ate the most humans (872-999) | Tour guides Cam and Willy | Sabeto Valley hot pools; the smaller the pool, the hotter the water