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19 Day Itinerary OZ/NZ in November

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My husband just got booked on a business trip to the Far East ending in Melbourne where I will join him in early November. Since we probably won't have an opportunity to go back to that part of the world, we want to divide our 19 full vacation days between Australia & New Zealand.

We only have about a week to plan this before he leaves on business, and we are beginning to feel overwhelmed by all the choices, travel books, postings, etc. We hope you can help us!

As a quick intro, we are in our early and mid-60's, in fairly good health except for we each have back issues, so we won't be doing any adventures such as bungy jumping, zorbing, abseiling, and hiking is out due to hubby’s bad knee, but walking is OK. We love to snorkel so definitely want to go to the Great Barrier Reef. Other than that, we want to sightsee as much as we can to feel we have experienced at least some of the flavor of each country/area, while acknowledging that we are only scraping the surface of the large countries. We don’t want to spend a lot of time driving or riding in large tour buses (day trip mini-bus tours are OK), and will plan to fly between some of the cities. We can fine tune what we are going to see later, but are trying to figure out how to divide of the time so we can pick hub cities/areas to book accommodations there and air travel between areas.

Tentatively, we were thinking:
1 day Melbourne sightseeing
1 day mini-bus tour of part of Great Ocean Rd,
1 day fly to Ayers Rock (or Alice Springs?) - see Kata Tjuta and sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock)
1 day Ayers Rock – Kings Canyon or is that too far & is the hike too strenuous? maybe sightsee in Alice Springs instead? Would like another day in the Red Centre but probably can’t do it.
1 day fly to Cairns
1 day Cairns day trip – Great Barrier Reef snorkeling
1 day Cairns day trip – Kuranda – Skyrail – Tjupukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
1 day fly Cairns to Sydney – sightsee afternoon
1 day Sydney sightseeing, harbour cruise, bridge walk?
1 day Sydney day trip – Blue Mountains, wildlife part, or?
That would be 10 days - more or less time where?

1 day to travel to NZ (to Christchurch?) and this would leave us 8 days to sightsee NZ before flying out of Auckland on our 20th day back to the U.S. East Coast .

We haven’t had much time to research NZ but think we want to see Rotorua (Maori), Auckland, Mt. Cook, Franz Josef Glacier, take the Shotover Jet Boat, Milford Sound cruise, Christchurch, Queenstown, maybe Wellington. We love wine, but don't think we have time for wine tours. Again, we will try to fly between long distances since we don't have the time for long drives.

So much to see – so little time so please HELP!

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