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My husband and I are turning 50 in December and wanted to celebrate it in a big way so we are headed to Australia and New Zealand October 17 - November 6.

Here is my proposed itinerary. I know it is recommended not to do both Oz and NZ but we decided to anyway since we have no idea when we will get back to that part of the world. I was last in Oz in 2002 so I've seen Uluru, Alice Springs up to Darwin. While I am more adventurous my husband is less so but he is game to try anything at least once. So I thought we would hit the South Island of NZ and the Daintree, Great Barrier Reef and Sydney area of Australia. Here is the plan. Please advise. Would love to know any budget and unique places to stay. We have booked in the Daintree Rainforest Lodge and are staying with friends in Sydney. BTW, we snagged a great price of $1400 each using the Discover Australia Pass with Qantas (LAX-Auckland-Cairns-Sydney-LAX).

October 17 - depart LAX to Auckland, arrive October 19
October 19 - stay overnight in Auckland, tour the city
October 20 - Fly Auckland to Christchurch (separate flight on Jetstar) - spend 2 days exploring CC area (recommend hotel and good day trip??). Also celebrating our 15th anniversary.
October 22- 23 - Drive CC to Queenstown, staying overnight en route ???? What special adventures should we do in the Queenstown area?
October 24 - Drive Queenstown to Greymouth, staying halfway overnight en route?
October 25 - Drop off car; take TranzAlpine to CC (leaves at 1:45 p.m.). Overnight CC
October 26 - Fly CC to Auckland, overnight in Auckland
October 27 - Fly Auckland to Cairns, pick up car and drive straight to either Port Douglas or Palm Cove?
October 28-30 - Stay in Rainforest Lodge
October 31 - Day trip to Reef
November 1 - Fly to Sydney from Cairns
November 1- 5 in Sydney - any great day trips you can recommend. My husband loves wine.
November 6 - Sydney to LAX and then on to Houston.

Many thanks for any advice on the above.

Charli50

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