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Anyone done a NZ tour either before or after an Australia tour?

21 May 2009 TrellBell asked

I'm from the US and want to do both an Australia (Beaches and Reefs) tour as well as a New Zealand (Grand Explorer) tour back to back. Given the regular route and the reverse options...I am not sure what the easiest order would be. Start in Auckland and tour north, then head over to Sydney and travel north, or to Cairns and travel south? Or do Australia first then NZ?? Anyone have an advice or have done something similar?
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  • 22 May 2009 aussie liz said


    Hm id prob say start in Australia and then go NZ, coz then you can just take summery clothes and then when you get to NZ you buy warm gear as needed rather than lugging it around with you in Aus.

    What time of the year are you going? Cairns is lovely apparently in Winter coz its nice and warm and thats teh time of the year you can go swimming at the beaches coz they reach like 17-27 on average…compared to Brisbane in winter which varies from lovely warm days to cold freezing ones…

    to lately flooding rain …..(very rare though…not since 1973 did we have this much rain so qucikly!)

    further south ie sydney and melbourne…take plenty of cold gear and raincoats as Melb gets VERY VERY cold!

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