Australia and New Zealand Trip 2014
November 4th - November 20th

Galleries   Flights   Drives   Map   Destinations   Travelers   Hotels   Parks   Tours   Restaurants   Itinerary   Hikes

The Galleries

Gallery 1
Nov 6-7
Sydney, Blue Mountains, Featherdale Wildlife Park
Gallery 2
Nov 8
Gallery 3
Nov 9-11
Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda
Gallery 4
Nov 12
Gallery 5
Nov 13
Milford Sound
Gallery 6
Nov 13
Queenstown and Farm Country
Gallery 7
Nov 14
Queenstown Hill
Gallery 8
Nov 14
Mount Cook / Aoraki
Gallery 9
Nov 15
Lake Tekapo
Gallery 10
Nov 15
Lake Tekapo Astrophotography
Gallery 11
Nov 16
Waitapu Thermal Wonderland
Gallery 12
Nov 17
  Gallery 13
Nov 18-19

The Flights

US Air
1670 miles
November 4
369 miles
November 4
7490 miles
November 4-6
1220 miles
November 9
Virgin Australia
864 miles
November 11
Virgin Australia
1490 miles
November 12
Air New Zealand
421 miles
November 16
1340 miles
November 20
7490 miles
November 20
1990 miles
November 20

The Drives

Queenstown >< Milford Sound
November 13, 362 miles
Queenstown > Mt Cook Village
November 14, 165 miles
Mt Cook Village > Tekapo
November 15, 64 miles
Tekapo > Christchurch
November 16, 138 miles
Rotorua > Waitapu
November 16, 23 miles
Waitapu > National Park
November 16, 94 miles
National Park > Otorohanga
November 18, 89 miles
Otorohanga> Auckland
November 18, 121 miles

The Route and Marker Map

View Australia New Zealand Route in a larger map including POI markers

Total Air, Land, Sea, Rail Miles: 25,464

The Destinations
W - Wiki

● Australia - W
New South Wales - W
Sydney - W, Leura - W, Katoomba - W, Wentworth Falls - W
Queensland - W
Cairns - W, Kuranda - W
● New Zealand - W
Otago - W
Queenstown - W

Southland - W
Te Anau - W, Milford Sound - W

Canterbury - W
Mt Cook Village - W, Tekapo - W

Bay of Plenty - W
Waitapu - W

Manawatu-Wanganui - W
National Park - W

Waikato - W
Otorohanga - W

Auckland - W
Auckland - W

The Travelers

Scott Kropko (Columbus), Katie Kropko (Columbus)

The Hotels / Lodges / Houses

The Parks

The Tours / Activities / Landmarks

Darling Harbour

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

Hyde Park,_Sydney

Three Sisters
Scenic World
Featherdale Wildlife Park

Circular Quay

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House

Botanical Gardens and Cafe,_Sydney
Mrs Macquarie's Chair's_Chair

Sydney Observatory

Milson's Point Wharf

Great Barrier Reef
Nautilus Aviation

Sunlover Reef Cruise  
Kuranda Scenic Railway

Stoney Creek Bridge
Barron Falls
Kuranda Village and Heritage Markets,_Queensland

Rainforestation Nature Park
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Cairns Esplanade  
Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

Queenstown Gondola

Bob's Peak

Homer Tunnel

Milford Sound
Mitre Peak,_New_Zealand
Lake Wakatipu

Te Anau

Lake Te Anau

Queenstown Hill

Mount Cook / Aoraki
Hooker Valley
Mueller Glacier

Blue Lake Hike, Tasman Glacier
Lake Pukaki
Lake Tekapo
Mt John Observatory

Sheep Dog Monument

Church of the Good Shepherd
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Hop on Hop off Auckland Bus

Bastion Point Lookout
Mission Bay,_New_Zealand

Mount Eden

The Restaurants

Lime Espresso Sandwich Bar

Loaves & The Dishes

Conservation Hut Cafe
Dundee ARMS at Four Points Sheraton  
Benz on York Cafe  
Helm Bar

LA Pizza  
Bavarian Beerhouse


Astro Cafe

Tin Plate Kitchen and Bar  

Macrocarpa Cafe

Jack Tar

Dos Amigos Cantina

The Itinerary

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Columbus, OH, USA

Flight from CMH to PHX (1670 miles)
Flight from PHX to LAX (369 miles)
Flight from LAX to SYD (7490 miles)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

In Air

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Cab from Sydney Airport to hotel

Darling Harbour

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

Hyde Park,_Sydney

Lunch at Lime Espresso Sandwich Bar

Four Points by Sheraton

Friday, November 7, 2014

Tour AAT Kings (Viator Blue Mountains Day Trip and River Cruise)

Bus to Blue Mountains (64 miles)

Morning tea at Loaves & The Dishes, boutiques and art galleries in Leura,_New_South_Wales

Blue Mountains National Park, World Heritage Site (Natural),_New_South_Wales

Scenic World
Scenic Skyway across the Jamison Valley, 885 feet above the valley floor
Scenic Cableway and ascend the cliff, views of the Three Sisters, Mt Solitary, Orphan Rock and Katoomba Falls
Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest railway, and descend through a cliff side tunnel to the floor of the rainforest
Walk along 1.5 miles of elevated walkways through the rainforest

Lunch at Conservation Hut Cafe in Wentworth Falls

Featherdale Wildlife Park

Boat cruise on Captain Cook, Cruise along the Parramatta River to Darling Habour and Circular Quay under the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sunset Photos from Sydney Opera House, World Heritage Site (Cultural)

Cab from Circular Quay to hotel

Dinner at Dundee ARMS at Four Points Sheraton

Four Points by Sheraton

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Breakfast at Benz on York Cafe

Botanical Gardens and Cafe,_Sydney

Mrs. Macquarie's Chair's_Chair

Sydney Observatory

Darling Harbour

Lunch at Helm Bar

Sydney Ferry to Milson's Point Wharf for night photos of Sydney Skyline, Opera House and Bridge

Four Points by Sheraton

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cab from hotel to airport

Flight from SYD to CNS (1220 miles)

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Cab from airport to hotel

Great Barrier Reef, World Heritage Site (Natural)

Nautilus Aviation Helicopter Flight over Great Barrier Reef

Sunlover Reef Cruise on Moore Reef
Glass Bottom Boat, Semi-submersible, Underwater Observatory, Snorkel
Return boat ride with stop at Fitzroy Island

Dinner at LA Pizza

DoubleTree by Hilton

Monday, November 10, 2014

Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns

Bus from Hilton to Freshwater Station

Kuranda Scenic Railway
Freshwater Station
Barron Gorge National Park
Barron Gorge
Stoney Creek Bridge
Barron Falls
Kuranda Station

Kuranda Village and Heritage Markets,_Queensland

Shuttle from Kuranda village to Rainforestation

Rainforestation Nature Park
Army Ducks
Koala and Wildlife Park
Dreamtime Walk introduction to Aboriginal and Islander culture including boomerang throwing, spear throwing and didgeridoo playing
Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (7.5 kilometer gondola with 2 stops at Barron Falls and Red Peak stations, boardwalks and scenic look-outs)

Bus from Gondola station to Hilton

Dinner at Bavarian Beerhouse

DoubleTree by Hilton

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Breakfast at Coffee Club

Cairns Esplanade

Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

Lunch at Grill'd Cairn

Cab from hotel to airport

Flight from CNS to BNE (864 miles)

Cab from airport to hotel

Comfort Inn and Suites Northgate

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cab from hotel to airport

Flight from BNE to ZQN (1490 miles)

Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand,_New_Zealand

AVIS Rental Car

Dinner at Fergburger

Cab from dinner to hotel, hotel to gondola

Queenstown Gondola

Bob's Peak

Cab back to hotel

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Milford Sound Day Trip on Jucy Cruise, Mitre Peak, Homer Tunnel,_New_Zealand

Bus to Milford Sound (181 miles), Southland

Lake Wakatipu

Te Anau

Sheep, Cattle and Deer farming country

Fiordland National Park, World Heritage Site (Natural)

Lake Te Anau

Eglington Valley

Cruise Milford Sound, travels the length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea stopping by waterfalls and seal colonies

Bus back from Milford Sound (181 miles)

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Friday, November 14, 2014

Breakfast at Heritage Hotel

Hiked Queenstown Hill, Views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkables mountain range

Drive to Mount Cook / Aoraki (165 miles), Canterbury, New Zealand,_New_Zealand

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, World Heritage Site (Natural)

Hooker Valley Track, Mueller Lake, Mueller Glacier View, 3 swing bridges, Hooker River, Aoraki/Mt Cook, Hooker Glacier

Blue Lake Hike, Tasman Glacier View

Aoraki Court Motel

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Breakfast at Hermitage Hotel

Drive to Tekapo (64 miles), Canterbury, New Zealand

Mt John Observatory

Lunch at Astro Cafe

Sheep Dog Monument

Church of the Good Shepherd

Walk around Lake Tekapo

Dinner at Tin Plate Kitchen and Bar

Astrophotography at Church, International Dark Sky Reserve

Parkbrae Estate

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Drive to Christchurch International Airport (138 miles)

Flight from CHC to ROT (421 miles), Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Avis Rental Car

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Area (23 miles)

National Park (94 miles), Manawatu-Wanganui,_New_Zealand

Plateau Lodge

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tongariro National Park, Dual World Heritage Status (Natural and Cultural)

Mangatepopo Valley, Soda Springs, South Crater, Red Crater, Emerald Lakes, Central Crater, Blue Lake, Ketetahi Hut, Ketetahi

Dinner at Schnapps

Plateau Lodge

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Breakfast at Macrocarpa Cafe

Waitomo Glowworm Caves (89 miles), Waikato

Drove to Auckland (121 miles)

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Dinner at Jack Tar

CityLife Auckland Hotel

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hop on Hop off Auckland Bus

Bastion Point Lookout, Michael Joseph Savage Memorial

Mission Bay,_New_Zealand

Lunch at Dos Amigos Cantina

Mount Eden

CityLife Auckland Hotel

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Flight from AKL to SYD (1340 miles)
Flight from SYD to LAX (7490 miles)
Flight from LAX to CMH (1990 miles)

The Hikes

Hike 1: Queenstown Hill, Distance: 5.05 miles, Ascent: 1807ft, Descent: 1807ft

Hike 2: Hooker Valley, Distance: 6.7 miles, Ascent: 1274ft, Descent: 1274ft

Hike 3: Blue Lakes / Tasman Glacier, Distance: 0.7 miles, Ascent: 309ft, Descent: 309ft

Hike 4: Tekapo Domain, Distance: 3.4 miles, Ascent: 311ft, Descent: 311ft

Hike 5: Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Distance: 12.2 miles, Ascent: 2894ft, Descent: 4111ft


©2015 Scott Kropko