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Seek advice for our visit to Australia and New Zealand

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We will be taking a cruise from Auckland to Sydney from February 14 to February 28, 2017. We plan to spend 3 or 4 days in Auckland before the cruise and another 3 or 4 days in Sydney after the cruise. We will not have a car, but we want to see as much as possible in those few days. We are physically fit, love the outdoors and are used to walking 5 to 8 miles daily. We want to learn about Maori and aboriginal culture and traditions. We want to meet native wildlife and birds.
Seeking suggestions about ways to get the most out of this trip. What can you tell us about
• best ways to get around (what bus, train, or ferry passes should we considert)
• what must see places should we make sure to visit (Are there any discounts/passes)
• what must see places outside Auckland or Sydney is it reasonable to get to in the time we have and using public transportation (for example, we read about a gannet colony near Auckland and the Blue Mountains with interest, but have no idea how we might get to them on public transportation)

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