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Itinerary
Mar 4, 2015 - Washington to Los Angeles, CA - overnight stay
Mar 5, 2015 - Fly to Auckland, NZ - arriving the morning of 7 March. What happened to March 6th?
Mar 7, 2015 - Auckland - Hotel Waldorf Celestion - Visit Sky Tower; explore parts of the city; and rest
Mar 8, 2015 - Auckland - Tour of Auckland, rainforest, & black sand beach
Mar 9, 2015 - Auckland - Walk to summit of volcanic Rangitoto Island, going through lava fields for a 360 degree panorama view of Auckland city and waters (ferry from Viaduct); explore historic Devonport
Mar 10, 2015 - Auckland to Rotorua - Motor coach tour through Waitomo Caves; arrive mid-afternoon; Hotel Ibis
Mar 11, 2015 - Rotorua - Tour Waimangu Volcanic Valley & see Lady Knox Geyser
Mar 12, 2015 - Rotorua to Wellington - Use local bus to see landscape & coastline; Hotel Museum; Attend evening activities of the International Arts Festival
Mar 13, 2015 - Wellington - City tour, Mt. Victoria, & National Museum
Mar 14, 2015 - Wellington to Christchurch - Ferry to Picton & bus to Christchurch; Novotel Cathedral Square Hotel; evening free
Mar 15, 2015 - Christchurch - Explore city (see any remaining earthquake damage); see International Arctic Center
Mar 16, 2015 - Christchurch to Te Anau - Local bus; Distinction Luxmore Hotel; crash for evening
Mar 17, 2015 - Te Anau - Glacier wilderness area of Fjordland National Park; CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!; Explore Te Anau
Mar 18, 2015 - Te Anau - Cruise Milford Sound & see glaciers, seals, penguins, dolphis, & waterfalls
Mar 19, 2015 - Te Anau to Queenstown - Local bus; Peppers Beacon Hotel; explore city
Mar 20, 2015 - Queenstown - Take lake cruise on 100 Yr. old steamship TSS Earnslaw; Fly Queenstown, NZ to Darwin, AU via Sydney; Hotel Adina Waterford
Mar 21, 2015 - Darwin - Day free to explore city, see where Japanes bombed in WW II, visit the Timor Sea beach, & relax
Mar 22, 2015 - Darwin - Tour of Kakadu National Park to cruise on the Aligator & Yellow rivers, see Jim Jim Falls, & avoid being eaten by an crocodile
Mar 23, 2015 - Darwin to Perth - AM free in Darwin & PM free in Perth; Miss Maud Swedish Hotel (NO KIDDING, THAT'S THE REAL NAME!!); PM free to enjoy MY BIRTHDAY!!
Mar 24, 2015 - Perth - Visit Kings Park, Indian Ocean drive, & Ningaloo Reef
Mar 25, 2015 - Perth - Day free to explore city; explore Freemantle & Cottelsloe Beach; go to Perth Mint; & relax
Mar 26, 2015 - Perth to Adelaide - Ibis Adelaide Hotel; explore city
Mar 27, 2015 - Adelaide - Visit Kangaroo Island; explore town of Gleneig (tram ride) to swim with dolphins; pick up car
Mar 28, 2015 - Adelaide to Melbourne - Drive Great Ocean Road to see Bells Beach (iconic surfing beach), 12 Apostles, Tower Hill State Game preserve to see kangaroos, koalas, emus, etc., and Great Ocean Walk (highest sea cliffs)
Mar 29, 2015 - Melbourne - City Tempo Hotel; visit St. Kilda promenade, Royal Botanic Gardens, wildlife park, & tour city
Mar 30, 2015 - Melbourne - Drive to San Remo to see Phillip Island & Sommerland Beach
Mar 31, 2015 - Melbourne - Return car & free day to relax
Apr 1, 2015 - Melbourne to Hobart, Tasmania - Best Western Malmoral Inn; PM free to explore waterside area & Salamanca Place
Apr 2, 2015 - Drive to Cradle Mountain; Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
Apr 3, 2015 - Cradle Mountain Lodge - Explore King Billy Track trail with pines up to 1,500 years old, waterfalls, & see part of Lake St. Clair National Park
Apr 4, 2015 - Drive to Hobart - Return car; relax and explore more of city; indulge in seafood; Best Western Foreshore Motel
Apr 5, 2015 - Fly from Hobart to Cairns via Melbourne - PM free to relax & explore Cairns; Coral Tree Inn
Apr 6, 2015 - Catamaran sail to Great Barrier Reef & Green Island to snorkel, explore island, & catch some southern hemisphere "rays"
Apr 7, 2015 - Day free to do a walkabout in Cairns, sun on beach, & relax
Apr 8, 2015 - Hot air balloon ride over Great Barrier Reef
Apr 9, 2015 - Possibly take train to Daintree Forest & take a skyway cable car or simply exercise, sun, & relax
Apr 10, 2015 - Fly Cairns to Brisbane - Novotel Hotel: PM free to bike in City Botanic Gardens
Apr 11, 2015 - Take a paddle steamer on Brisbane River & maybe abseil (rappel) down Kangaroo Point cliff (if I get up the courage to do that one!)
Apr 12, 2015 - Walk riverwalk; kayak on Brisbane River through the city
Apr 13, 2015 - Fly Brisbane to Sydney - Meet Eileen at airport; Hotel Castlereagh; take a city tour and a tour of the Opera House
Apr 14, 2015 - Ferry from Circular Quay across harbor to see wildlife at Tarona Park Zoo; explore some of Sydney
Apr 15, 2015 - Take a harbor cruise; walk across Harbor Bridge (1,650 ft. long); see Australian Museum
Apr 16, 2015 - Go to Bill's (famous Sydney restaurant) for breakfast; walk through Kirriobili (old upper scale neighborhood); explore more of Sydney
Apr 17, 2015 - Kayak in Sydney Harbor; walk on Manley Spit Bridge; see Darling Harbor
Apr 18, 2015 - Day free - 4.0 mile walk from Tamarama Beach to Bondi Beach along beachside neighborhoods and rocky shoreline
Apr 19, 2015 - Am free; transfer to port and board Holland America ship Oosterdam for start of trans-Pacific cruise
Apr 20, 2015 - At sea on 20 & 21 April
Apr 22, 2015 - Noumea, New Caledonia - visit town, historic fort (La Ouen Toro Hill), scenic waterfront of Promenade Vernier, and the aquarium
Apr 23, 2015 - Lifou, New Caledonia - See local town
Apr 24, 2015 - Port Vila, Vanuatu - See local town
Apr 25, 2015 - At Sea
Apr 26, 2015 - Suva, Fiji - Cross International Dateline; Garden of the Sleeping Giant (one of the world's largest orchid collections) started by Raymond Burr (American actor); attend Fantastic Fijian Firewalkers demonstration
Apr 27, 2015 - Pago Pago, American Samoa - Explore Flower Pot Rocks & Leone Monument for scenic ocean views and see a traditional Samoan village for cultural life, food, and dancing
Apr 28, 2015 - At Sea
Apr 29, 2015 - At Sea - Cross Equator; At Sea 29 April to 3 May
May 3, 2015 - Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii - Take Discover Hawaii tour to explore famous Opaeka's Falls, Poliahu Heiau (one of Kauai's most sacred and historic sites), go along the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto, and see the Kilauea Lighthouse
May 4, 2015 - Honolulu, Hawaii - tour A Tale of Two Palaces: Hawaii's Royal History to see the lush Nuuanu Valley, Queen Emma's Summer Palace, the famous Pali Lookout, and the Iolani Palace
May 5, 2015 - At Sea 5 May to 10 May
May 10, 2015 - Arrive Vancouver, BC, Canada - Bus from Dock to Seattle airport to pick up a rental car
May 11, 2015 - Stay with Eileen and visit friends in Seattle - 11 to 14 May
May 14, 2015 - Drive to Vancouver, BC to visit friends - 14 to 18 May
May 18, 2015 - Return to Port Ludlow, WA
May 19, 2015 - Stay with Eileen until 20 May
May 20, 2015 - Fly Seattle to Washington, DC - END OF TRIP; Thanks for Virtually sharing my travels
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