Cricket, diving and NZ - how long to fit it all in?

Mar 15th, 2013, 11:07 AM
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Cricket, diving and NZ - how long to fit it all in?

As some of you may have noticed there's a "minor" cricket series coming up between Australia and England in Dec '13/Jan '14, which both DH and i would love to see some of; he would also like to do some diving, and we'd both like to see [a bit of] NZ.

We've never been to the antipodes before, and could probably manage 3 weeks away [4 at a pinch].

I know that compared to the UK distances are vast and it may be that this idea is crackers but is there a way that this could be achieved? preferably without breaking the bank?
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Mar 15th, 2013, 02:43 PM
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I can't promise it won't break the bank, but if you are going to both Australia and New Zealand, I can't see doing it in fewer than 4 weeks--2 weeks for Australia, 2 weeks for NZ. We've made multiple trips to both countries and never for less than 2 weeks in either Australia or NZ.

If you absolutely have to do both countries in 3 weeks, limit yourself to either the North or the South island of NZ. You won't have time to visit both of them.
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Mar 15th, 2013, 10:51 PM
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Hi annhig

For us uninitiated, it would be helpful to know where the cricket will be held and how long you'd plan to sit and watch.

'Do some diving' - do you need to do this on the Barrier Reef; there are other lovely diving sites that don't mean travelling that far north necessarily.

There's no way you're going to cover everywhere in your time limit, but even in 4 weeks you'd be able to see some memorable places. Do remember that you're going to loose 24 hours each way on travel, plus time each time you move to a new place, so you need to factor that in when you're working out exactly how many days you'll actually be on the ground and sight-seeing.

Do you have a list of 'must sees' for your time down under? You won't have to spend a fortune, especially if you can get some early-bird air fares. You'll be here in high season for accommodation; on the coast the prices rise astronomically, but go inland and it doesn't make so much difference. Di
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Mar 16th, 2013, 12:16 AM
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G'day annhig

Don't bother coming for the cricket- the way the Australians are playing in India it'll all be just too depressing. (well, I suppose not for you !)

Cricket first. Tests start 21 November and amble on until Sydney - New Year test, 3-7 January.

Full programme here:
http://www.cricket.com.au/series/ashes-series-2014

There may be an issue getting tickets here - if you are able to organise from home, so much the better. Tickets for the last Ashes test in Sydney sold out in 25 minutes or so. The Australian team is playing so poorly, there just isn't the buzz around right now.

I went to Adelaide for the South Africa test last year. Not recommended - unless they have finished the upgrade of Adelaide Oval. The only seats available to non-members were in full sun - and I absolutely roasted.

After you've decided what cricket you want to see, you can decide how much else you want to see around that. If you travel with the Barmy Army. I'll never speak to you again!

Diving - do you mean the Great Barrier Reef? Fly to Cairns from wherever you are. May be wet season? Perhaps aim for the Reef first.

New Zealand - what do you have in mind?

As the above poster says - you're travelling in high season in both countries.

Come back with some detail and we can expand on that.
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Mar 16th, 2013, 05:52 AM
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thanks to all of you for your replies - I really haven't got much idea yet of what there is to see where, but I got the lonely planet guide to the EASt Coast of Australia out of the library today, so I'm learning!

Di - if you look at the link margo has posted, you'll see that what we are talking about is the most fiercely contested cricket contest in the world - the Ashes - played every 4 years between Australia and England. 5 matches, each potentially 5 days, spread over 6 weeks or so and played in 5 Australian cities. As Margo says, the great aussie team is wounded at the moment, but like some wild animal [and looking at some of the team that's not such a stretch] that's when it's at its most dangerous.

thanks for the link Margo - i had looked at the schedule but it's useful to have it there nevertheless. For family reasons, I think that the Sydney test is probably the only one that is really on the cards, and I'm not sure we could manage every day - though of course if it were the decider, we might be tempted. And no we aren't "Barmies", though their website is very useful for information; and then there's Billy [the trumpeter] of course, he's doing a great job out in NZ right now.

longhorn - i know that it's not really long enough to fit in much of either country; we might manage 4 weeks at a pinch, I suppose. personally I'd prefer just to see as much of Oz as we could but DH has his heart set on NZ, and I know he'd love to dive the GBR. [he's quite well qualified as a diver so we don't need to worry about courses, just venue and facilities]

so i suppose that what we're looking at is this:

a week or so in Sydney round about the time of the test match, for a couple of days cricket and some sight-seeing, a week before or after it for DH to do some diving and for us to explore a bit, then 2 weeks in NZ.

how does that sound?
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Mar 16th, 2013, 09:47 AM
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Sounds just fine!

Issues:
1.
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Mar 16th, 2013, 10:00 AM
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Start again!

Sounds fine.

Issues - as I see them.

1. Hotel in Sydney. New Years Eve in Sydney is very big with tourists, hotels usually have a 3 - 5 day minimum, and prices are utterly ridiculous. And may be booked out.

2. Tickets. Always a problem. The grounds are bigger than those in UK - but... (and I think the Sydney Cricket Ground is also being re-built. It'll be hot and humid - you really need seats under cover or in shade.

3. Diving. Yes - you can dive anywhere (including Sydney) - but you really want to head to the Reef, and it's the wet season, potentially cyclones. That doesn't mean you shouldn't go there - it's just something of which you should be aware.

4. Weather - hot and humid, possibility of rain - but hopefully better than Cornwall offered on my last trip - rain every day but one!

I may avoid this - I'm currently considering a trip to your side of the world - apparently it's cold there at Christmas - a weird concept! How do the mangoes ripen?
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Mar 16th, 2013, 10:08 AM
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A further point - don't consider that this will be your only trip to this end of the world.

This isn't Italy - but it's pretty amazing in it's own right. And you can speak the lingo! You'll plan another trip.
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Mar 16th, 2013, 10:22 AM
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I may avoid this - I'm currently considering a trip to your side of the world - apparently it's cold there at Christmas - a weird concept! How do the mangoes ripen? >>

lol, margo - the mangoes ripen on the supermarket shelves of course.

and are you sure that i'll understand aussies better than i do italians?

anyway, thanks for your words of wisdom, i'm going back to the drawing board.

meanwhile, if I can help with your trip to civilisation...
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Mar 16th, 2013, 10:53 AM
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civilisation??? pah! This is the oldest continent! (How far north do I need to go to get a white Christmas?)

A further thought. Jane McGrath Day, the third day of the Sydney test is just spectacular. Jane, the wife of cricketer Glenn McGrath died of breast cancer - and this is a huge fundraiser. Everyone wears pink, even the Barmy Army.
http://www.cricket.com.au/video/Jane...Day-at-the-SCG

Tracking live scores of the Wales v England match, and texting Mucky. Wow!
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Mar 16th, 2013, 11:05 AM
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Tracking live scores of the Wales v England match, and texting Mucky. Wow!>>

Grrr - hate to say it, but Wales deserved to win. they did everything better including conning the ref on occasion. how England beat the All Blecks with more or less this same team is a mystery to me and I was there.

Nice idea about getting tickets for Jane McGrath day. I have a soft spot for Glenn - I'm convinced that had he not turned his ankle over on the first day of the 2nd test in 2005, Australia would have won the series.

to be sure of a white Christmas, rather than thinking about going north, go for height - altitude should do it. Somewhere in or near the alps would be favourite - Salzburg for example, where there will be plenty of Christmassy music, Christmas markets, nearby mountains...

we went to Prague and Budapest between Christmas and New Year a few years ago, and they both had plenty of snow.
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Mar 18th, 2013, 10:01 PM
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Hi, we are thinking of catching some Ashes action along with some diving in GBR and a trip to South Island in NZ around that time too. Since tickets and accommodation around Christmas/New Year's is expensive, we are planning to catch the 1st Test in Brisbane (21st-26th November), then proceed to Cairns, Sydney and NZ. Not sure if this works for you too.

As for the cricket, Eng just beat us here in India, and India is killing Australia..so I will be rooting for the Aussies come Ashes to somehow even things out!
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Mar 19th, 2013, 05:33 AM
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As for the cricket, Eng just beat us here in India, and India is killing Australia..so I will be rooting for the Aussies come Ashes to somehow even things out!>>

booo - but understandable. Though we have been rooting for you against the aussies, of course.

thank you for sharing your ideas - I had been thinking about doing the trip after Christmas [when we would need to be home] not before. your itinerary has given me food for thought.
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Mar 24th, 2013, 09:08 AM
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Ann, just stumbled across this thread. It would be very funny if after meeting you in Paris, I was also able to meet you in Australia? We will be down round Sydney Dec 27-Jan 4. I will keep an eye on your plans
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Mar 24th, 2013, 09:42 AM
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Toucan - how spooky!

it's not the first time - for a while I was following maitaitom around, but I was 6 months or so behind him!

I'll let you know how our plans develop, or not!
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Mar 29th, 2013, 10:24 AM
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Any advances?

Our cricket / cricketers are bloody appalling - and Michael Clarke's back has given up (again)!

And you lot could only manage a draw against the Kiwis! The Kiwis? Really?
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Mar 29th, 2013, 01:05 PM
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i know, Margo. i couldn't believe it either, and that last day with Monty crawling towards to crease had elements of farce.

perhaps the best we can say is that they/we are equally hopeless!

Dragging myself back to the trip planning and after a bit more thought, [and copying the idea of someone else on another thread] I'm coming round to the idea of starting off in Brisbane, then doing the GBR, then going to NZ, so as to be home in time for Christmas, hopefully missing the hottest weather and highest prices.

That would give us approx 4-5 weeks, with perhaps a stop over in Hong Kong on the way out [DD loved it] and Fiji [or even California where we have rellies] on the way home.
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Still possible we may meet up as we will be in Brisbane area Dec 8 to around the 17, then up north until the 27th when we will fly to Sydney. So keep me posted!
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Mar 29th, 2013, 11:43 PM
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Don't make the mistake of trying to fit too much in. You will definitely make a return visit.

If I can visit your country about half a dozen times, even though the weather stinks, you'll certainly come back here!

You are coming to Sydney, aren't you?
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Mar 30th, 2013, 03:24 PM
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Don't make the mistake of trying to fit too much in. You will definitely make a return visit.>>

lol, Margo, you sound just like me on the europe thread.

thought I do think that in 4-5 weeks we ought to have time to fit in one of the tests, some diving for DH, and some of NZ [i'm thinking south Island]. oh yes, and Sydney of course.

shouldn't we?
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