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Trip to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji

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S: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Trip January 2011

FC: Sydney for two days and then board the ship | Stayed at Marriott Hotel | Arrived in Australia Jan. 13, 2011 for our trip continuing to New Zealand and Fiji

1: It isn't Australia without Kangeroos | How adorable are these sweet bears | Sydney Opera House - landmark for the city - | Beautiful City

2: Bondi Beach, Marriott Hotel where we stayed, houses on hills above river, Jack on steps of Sydney Opera House

3: Diamond Princess for 12 days First stop Melbourne | Australian Open was going on when we visited Melbourne | City Skyline

4: Feeding the birds at Menzies Creek in Melbourne | Beautiful place - enormous trees and foliage - reminded me of Oregon

5: Now a tourist steam Train "Puffing Billy" travels between Belgrave and Gembrook through Dandenong Mt. foothills | The railway was originally one of four narrow gauge lines of the Victorian Railways opened around the beginning of the 20th Century | Being close to Melbourne and with post-preservation history spanning over 50 years, the line is one of the most popular steam heritage railways in the world | What Fun!

6: Hobart, Tasmania - Port Arthur Prison Colony - it was a place to keep their criminals. Used as a prison from 1830's to the 1870's. More than 12,000 convicts passed through this penal colony. Old buildings, manicured grounds and breathtaking ocean scene create one of the most beautiful places in Australia. It was chosen as a penal settlement by England, because it was geographically isolated but somewhat easily reachable by sea. | Now Jack knows what it is like in Prison

7: Traveling on the ship into New Zealand's Fjordland National Park. Located in the western-most third of Southland. Situated within Fjordland are Browne Falls and Sutherland Falls, which rank among the tallest waterfalls in the world and New Zealand's three deepest lakes. | Beautiful views from the balcony of our cabin on the ship

8: Only place in the world Royal Albatross (world's largest sea bird) has nested near humans - saw nesting from observation booth mostly underground so birds do not know we are there | Harbor and hills around Dunedin are the remnants of an extinct volcano. Suburbs extend out into the surrounding valleys and hills, onto the isthmus of the Otago Peninsula, and along the shores of the Otago Harbor and the Pacific Ocean | Dunedin is the second-largest city in the So. Island of New Zealand. Considered to be one of the four main urban centers for historic, cultural, and geographic reasons was largest city in N.Z. until about 1900 - Robert Burns statute on left - Railway Station on the right

9: Christchurch - traveled to Arthur's Pass National Park in the Southern Alps of NZ. Downtown we see the famous Church tower - after we got home an earthquake hit Christchurch doing much damage, including knocking off the tower above. | Shows going on at Busker Park - very crowded - this bird was enjoying his lunch on the patio

10: AGRODOME fun experience in Tauranga | TAURANGA

11: Kiwis and grapes growing in a beautiful area on the farm

12: Thermal Reserve and Rotorua Maori Experience | Geyers, mud pots, colorful hot pools as well as volcanic lakes and a Maori Show

13: Welcome to Auckland - popularly known as the City of Sails because the harbor is often dotted with hundreds of yachts - 1 in 3 Auckland households owns a boat - population over 1.4 million residents. - Auckland has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world and many Asians have continued to join them | Hotel we stayed at, Sky Tower - the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere at 328m | Economist's World's Most Livable Cities index ranked Auckland in 10th Place in 2010

14: Maori show | Kiwi Bird | Maori Museum | Maori Show | Last Day in Auckland before flying to Fiji


16: Enlightening trip to visit local Village in the hills off the river and see a tribe and their customs - Jack was chosen White Chief | Wonderful people - welcomed us with open arms and shared their customs

17: More of trip to visit village and prepare for our feast, dancing and drinking Kava with tribe and White Chief - fun experience | Chief to Chief | Darling children - just wanted their picture taken | Feast and ceremony with the tribe

18: Lovely ocean view | Final days in Fiji - wish we could have stayed longer - where's my tennis racquet | Bright blue star fish | Gorgeous view from our balcony in the ocean front room at Shangri La Fijian Beach Resort

19: Subramaniya Swami Temple Nadi - Beautiful | Tropical gardens to die for | Good by Fiji Hate to leave

20: FUN TIMES ON THE DIAMOND PRINCESS | Look at that blue sky and water | Entertainment on the ship - Kerry was with our group and lots of fun | Table mates on the ship - very nice people from Phoenix, Salt Lake and Vancouver Island

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