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Aug272013

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Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

Cairns, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This trip offers a lovely, quiet, relaxing day out. Whilst staying in Cairns we also visited Green Island whereas this has more sandy beaches it doesn't have the fabulous snorkelling that Fitzroy does. The reef and the fish are absolutely stunning. I loved Fraser Island for the fact that there is not much there at all whereas Green Island is very commercialised. If you are looking for total relaxation, walks in the tropical rain forest up to the summit, a day on the beach or snorkelling this is definitely the place for you. Unfortunately, we weren't able to do the walks as the Forestry Commission were doing controlled burning that day but we still had a great time on the beach. Water sports equipment can be hired from the beach hut and there is also glass bottom boats on offer. On the island there is a dive centre but you might have to contact them direct before your visit should you want a dive here. All in all a great day out.

Aug252013

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Aboriginal Cultural Tjapukai by Night Tour including Buffet Dinner

Cairns, Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Absolutely fabulous. This trip is great fun. Really enjoyed all the Aboriginal stories, music, dance etc. Great meal and a very enjoyable evening. :-)

Aug232013

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Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

This is not a tour it is a bus trip - the driver was more interested in getting from one place to another to pick up or drop off people and their luggage than taking us on an enjoyable tour. Whilst we appreciate the vast distances involved, we expected to have more than 45 mins at the caves and just over an hour at the geysers. The rest of the time other than an hour at the Agrodome was on the coach with no opportunity to get a drink. If you are going to run a sight seeing tour don't also be a bus because people spend 15-20 minutes each time you drop or collect people whilst luggage etc is unloaded which is not what they are paying for! The food was also terrible and you are expected to eat this on the coach and then hold on to the rubbish for 2 hours until the coach stops again. Why couldn't a black sack be sent round the coach even if stopping was impossible? As for the commentary on the bus - our bus driver was so rude and not funny in the slightest. He kept telling us he was on a power trip because he had the mic and no one else could talk or argue with anything he said. His jokes were terrible and then he tried to repeat them all on the way home for the bus people who were going back to Auckland. No one was laughing by this stage as we were all fed up with listening to him and so he said 'gosh it is going to be a long trip back to Auckland with you boring lot.' What a thing to say! He was also very rude to a customer who had fallen asleep so missed his spiel about the caves. She dared to ask a question and he said 'I have already told you that but for the benefit of you who couldn't be bothered to listen I will now go through it all again.' He boasted that he had been over the speed limit but had noticed the police car in time so hadn't been booked. He also twice read people's names out from a list whilst still driving. So not only does this company have no regard for people's enjoyment but they also have no regard for their customer's safety either!!!

Aug222013

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Small-Group Tour: The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

I am not a Hobbit fan. We booked because my partner loves it BUT even people who aren't Hobbit fans would love this! I couldn't believe the attention to detail and it made me want to go back and watch the films again. My only regret was the lunch which is included couldn't have been actually in The Green Dragon Pub.

Aug212013

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Auckland Maori Tour and Cultural Performance

Auckland, New Zealand

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Despite heavy rain on the day, we thoroughly enjoyed this trip. The guide had packed us waterproof coats - very thoughtful as we only had fleeces due to the fact we were travelling all round Australia and NZ and the weight restrictions on the various airlines. Not sure I appreciated how wet and cold NZ would be, unlike Australia. We had a great day out, first at the cultural show, then lunch at the fish market, followed by a trip into the rainforest. Jo, our guide, was lovely and made it a very personal experience - there was only us and one Australian - far better than big coach trips. She provided us with snacks and traditional NZ fare for us to try throughout the day. Great experience.

Aug152013

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Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch

Sydney, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Sadly, the whales didn't show up but still a great tour. It was lovely just to sit on deck and relax. We were so excited to see the Opera House and sail under the Sydney Harbour Bridge - I have seen these sites many times on TV but to actually experience it was awesome.

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