The best tour we took all trip! The Great Ocean Road is Beautiful, but makes for a long day. Would recommend taking out the walk in the national park. It took about 60 minutes and was not necessary – looks no different than any other park.
Auckland, New Zealand
Bay of Islands tour is a long day – would recommend doing the 2 day tour so that you have time to enjoy northern New Zealand . We did hit some good lookouts! The trip to the Māori Reserve was unnecessary and LONG. Would have preferred to have more time out on a boat in the bay of islands. Don’t get the lunch – there are plenty of places and a time to eat on your own at one of the local restaurants.
The hunter valley wine tour really had nothing in it that we liked. First, it was a long journey up and we stopped in Wombly as a rest stop (small town nothing to see or do) for almost an hour due to some passengers not returning to the bus on time. Then when we got to the wineries it was very rushed. Not to mention at the first winery we had 20 minute video without even drinking. There were only 3 tastings and portions were very small. The bus driver was VERY late getting back to the bus when he should have been there about 4pm to head back to Sydney and when he did get there the bus was so hot for the first 30 minutes – very uncomfortable. We had planned a trip to the open outdoor opera and during drop-offs we politely asked the driver the order of drop-offs so we could understand if it was best to get off the first stop and take a taxi or if we were one of the first stops. We ended up getting off at one of the first stops because he wouldn’t tell us the order of drop-off and when we got out of the taxi we saw the tour bus dropping off other passengers to the hotel! Very frustrating and wasted vacation day!
Blue Mountains were beautiful, and we had a funny and informative driver! Little bit of a racket at scenic world with the additional fee for the rides, but overall beautiful lookouts and pictures. The stop on the way home at the wildlife preserve was AMAZING! We loved seeing the animals and would have loved more time there – the staff was so friendly and we were allowed to take a picture with a koala. This was also a very reasonable trip in terms of length – 7:30 – 5:30. We were able to do night time activity after returning home from the tour.
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