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Apr222014

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Port Arthur Historic Site 2-Day Pass

Port Arthur, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The Site itself is a must do experience and the initial walk through with the guide puts everything in place. The ferry ride takes about 20 minutes but we decided to take the optional tour of the Isle of the Dead. The tour guide was most informative and some of the stories he told were enough to put a chill up your spine. Also they estimate that 1100 to 1200 people are buried on the island but they are not quite sure where they are all buried so it is most likely the path you take walks over some of the bodies that are buried there. I was waiting for a hand to come out of the ground and grab an ankle. It will take a couple of days to see all the out buildings, worth the effort. advertisements is under

Apr222014

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Port Arthur Ghost Tour

Port Arthur, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Our accommodation was a short walk from the Historic Site so we decided to walk along an unlit path beside the water to the site to get us in the mood. As we had possums and other creatures scooting across our path it put us in the right frame of mind for the Ghost Tour. Scarry!!!! Our tour guide was most informative nad also set the mood as she had a head full of blonde hair and wore a full length dark leather coat. She also spoke in a voice that would not be out of place in a Hitchcock movie which all added to the experience. Once you add a chill in the air the experience was complete. Well worth the effort. Steve J

Apr192014

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Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Hobart, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The hop on hop off bus tours are always a must do on all our travels as it gives you a bearing and identifies all the major points of interest. The driver gave the commentary and was most informative. Definitely recommend.

Jul062013

Tour/Activity

'Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Rotorua, New Zealand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Definitely worth a visit. Everything you looked at you could relate back to the films. Good opportunities for pictures and was great to have a beer in the pub. Was a bit rushed with busloads of tourists almost doubling up. But besides this I would not have missed the opportunity.

Jul022013

Tour/Activity

Bay of Islands Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise

Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

All I can say is what a great trip. Saw fur seals and a pod of dolphins with their young. It was calm enough for us to travel through the hole in the rock and to just sit back and enjoy the ride. Hopped off in Russell which was a beautiful small town that at one point was the islands' capital. A must do adventure.

Oct202011

Tour/Activity

Phuket Half-Day Safari Tour

Phuket, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The Safari Tour was the highlight of our trip. The tour provided a taste of the Thailand culture from Thai cooking to cultivating and planting a rice field. The ox drawn cart ride was a memorable experience as were the coconut pancakes. A truly worthwhile tour and highly recommended.

Oct162011

Tour/Activity

Phuket Introduction City Sightseeing Tour

Phuket, Thailand

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Started off well with an axcellent tour guide . Unfortunately towards the end of the tour we ended up being taken to a large souvenir shop followed by the largest gem jewellery manufacturer in Phuket. The tour would have been more memorably without these visits and one would assume there was some sort of commission involved.

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