S: AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
FC: New Zealand and Australia 2008
1: January @2008 | CELEBRITY CRUISES MERCURY
2: Cruise of Sydney Harbor
3: Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge
4: More of Sydney | On the harbor cruise this area was pointed out as the area where all of the celebrities of Sydney reside.
5: This was our first beer down under on the boardwalk at Sydney's most famous beach. | BONDI BEACH
6: Melbourne was our second port stop. My favorite city in Australia. The locals pronounce it Melban.
7: We hired a local to take us on a tour. This was a little town outside the city on the way to the wine country. | One of many places I took of picture of that I don't know what it is.
8: Emu-Australia's ostrich. | The only koala I saw in Australia. | Feeding a baby roo at the wildlife preserve. | """" | l;kf; | The Dingo ate my baby.
9: Wine tasting outside of Melbourne. | The wine country reminded me of Northern California
10: Aborigine art in a museum in the city center of Melbourne.
11: On the next day we stopped in Tasmania. This is overlooking the city at it's highest point.
12: We took a hike through a tropical rain forest which was beautiful and lush with the most wildlife we saw.
13: This picture was taken standing in a tree trunk. The ferns were huge standing 20 feet tall.
15: Tasmania had a beautiful countryside with great wine and very friendly people. The architecture was uniques with lots of bright colors.
16: t | The next day we woke up early to see the sunrise in the fjordlands which we sailed through leaving Australia and heading to New Zealand.
17: As the sun came up everything became more lush and green, We spent 3 days at sea making the trek from Australia to New Zealand.
19: Our first stop in New Zealand was in Dunedin on the South Island. We walked the city then boarded an old railroad to see the countryside.
20: This railway was very old and went over many trellises deep into the countryside. There were many gorges and lots of sheep.
22: This is the steepest street in the entire world. It does not look that bad, but was terrifying to drive down | The next day we landed in Christchurch.
23: Chris CH | Christchurch was my favorite town in New Zealand. It had a very European feel to it and lots of culture.
25: We got a kick out of the sign posted outside of this bar and below was a headline in that day's newspaper. | We spent most the day walking and exploring. The area to the left had many art museums and English pubs.
26: VOLCANIC WHITE ISLAND
27: After Christchurch we headed to Wellington, Tauranga and Rotorua. We sailed passed the active White Island Volcano
28: Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. The countryside was very beautiful and near here is where the Lord of the Rings was filmed.
29: The actual city of Wellington was very urban and modern. The cable car below and beehive building were two of the main attractions.
30: In Tauranga we visited a Kiwi farm. They also grew Hops which are the crops shown above.
31: At a Polynesian Settlement. We spent most of the day here.
32: In Rotorua there were also many natural hot springs. In New Zealand this area is a big vacation spot due to the hot springs.
33: Our last day was spent in Auckland where we boarded our flight back to America. Auckland was beautiful with a lot of sailing and fishing.