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1. Posted by semaber (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

In a year's time, my friend and I are off travelling after finishing university. We were thinking about one of the STA Travel RTW trips but found out about the Emarites 6-stops and have decided that is the way forwards for our time frame.

So the travel is: London - Bangkok (make your own way) - Singapore - Melbourne - Auckland (make your own way) - Christchurch - Dubai - London.

We're thinking 3 weeks in SE Asia, 3 weeks in Australia, 3 weeks in New Zealand and 1 week in Dubai. We have a friend who lives in Dubai so we know we're good for funds there so our money is really for the other 3 places. So, from dreams or experience, what would you recommend or want to do in each of those 3 other places? We've already got a few things but it's just putting it into action.

I won't go into too much detail as I know this isn't specific to the countries but just to outline:

For Australia we're going to go up the east coast and back down again. I have relatives in Brisbane so we should be ok there too. But we were thinking Melbourne - Sydney - Brisbane - Cairns and back down again. My friend says there's a really good drum and bass scene in Australia..any stories about that? Obviously a trip to the Barrier Reef but any good spots to head for?

We're also thinking of the Kiwi-E bus for NZ to go all around the two islands on the "cheap"? As I said, any suggestions on activities at any of Asia/Australia/NZ would be great. Definitely black water rafting, sky diving and bunjee jumping in NZ - but it's a question of where is best, I've heard Queenstown is the place to jump out of planes or off bridges. How much are these things though? And I'm assuming they're easy to book when you're out there?

The least I know about is SE Asia, what is there which you definitely shouldn't miss out on? It's going to be my birthday when I'm out there so we're looking for a cool place for that. I definitely want to go to Bali too.

Thanks! :)

2. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 7y

Quoting smaber

We're also thinking of the Kiwi-E bus for NZ to go all around the two islands on the "cheap"? As I said, any suggestions on activities at any of Asia/Australia/NZ would be great. Definitely black water rafting, sky diving and bunjee jumping in NZ - but it's a question of where is best, I've heard Queenstown is the place to jump out of planes or off bridges. How much are these things though? And I'm assuming they're easy to book when you're out there?

Black water rafting is in Waitomo caves- there might be other places but I think Waitomo is by far the most popular. Try to google; I can't remember the exact website address.
Lots of my friends went skydiving in lake Taupo, but a few who've skydived before said it was a fairly boring view- most others loved it, so it's an option worth looking at.

There are plenty of places to bungy, and yes, they are expensive. Most of them are operated by AJ Hackett; there are 3 in Queenstown and a really nice one off of Auckland Bridge. I did a combo of the three (Nevis, Kawarau bridge and the Ledge) in Queenstown, and it cost me around 400 kiwi dollars two years ago. I can't remember how much the Auckland Bridge one was- possibly about 150? There's also a separate bungy in Taupo, but it's operated by someone else. Unfortunately, when i was there, it was closed.

There is also an amazing white water rafting route in Rotorua, with the world's highest commercial drop (or so they sold it to me:)) Again, it was a few years ago so I can't remember the prices.
You can book all the activities with no problems once you're on location. There are big ads everywhere and all the hostels are willing to help you book it. There's a big AJ Hackett centre in Queenstown with nice staff, willing to help.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

A few comments/questions:

1. I don't know the price, but as it's not really RTW, there might be cheaper options regarding flights. Maybe just by a return trip Oz, with a stopover or so. And arrange seperate tickets to NZ. Again, I don't know, but just an idea you could sort out.

2. 3 weeks in Oz is just enough for Sydney to Cairns...one way that is and still in a hurry. I think you should seriously view at maps to have an idea of distances. Better to fly to Brisbane and do a part of the eastcoast.

3. 3 weeks NZ is also not much, although doable compared to the OZ itinerary.

4. Therefore I would skip SEA alltogether and just by a returntrip London - Dubai - Brisbane (haven't checked if Emirates flies to Brisbane sorry) and a separate ticket to NZ if you like.

5. Even better: 2 months Oz, 1 week Dubai;)

Just my 2 cents

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

3 weeks for SEA? Impossible. 3 weeks for Thailand should be ok, but not for the whole area. Therefore I agree with Utrecht, cut out one destination.

5. Posted by semaber (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

OK, so from reading your replies, we figured that we'd maybe just do Australia and New Zealand with a stop over in Dubai on the return (to see our friend) for a few days. So that would give us 4.5 weeks in Oz, 4.5 weeks in NZ, 5 days in Dubai and then probably lose a couple of days through time differences.

I've bought a Rough Guide for East Coast Australia and New Zealand. Also checked out the geography of Australia, maybe a little naive in thinking it was as small as the UK (well, smallish) so time, activity and money depending, Cairns may or may not be included.

A better plan?

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Quoting smaber

OK, so from reading your replies, we figured that we'd maybe just do Australia and New Zealand with a stop over in Dubai on the return (to see our friend) for a few days. So that would give us 4.5 weeks in Oz, 4.5 weeks in NZ, 5 days in Dubai and then probably lose a couple of days through time differences.

I've bought a Rough Guide for East Coast Australia and New Zealand. Also checked out the geography of Australia, maybe a little naive in thinking it was as small as the UK (well, smallish) so time, activity and money depending, Cairns may or may not be included.

A better plan?

Sounds a lot better in my opinion, you might even fit a little extra time in Oz and some days less in New Zealand, if you arrive in Melbourne and are going to Brisbane up and down. But still, looks good to me...have fun!
Mike

7. Posted by semaber (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

We just need to work out the actual arrangements.

Whether that be fly to Melbourne, up to Brisbane then fly to NZ then back to Brisbane and back down again to fly out of Melbourne to the UK via Dubai. Or fly to Melbourne, straight up to NZ, then back to Melbourne and do the Aussie stuff. Who knows, something we need to look into - any tips or advice most welcome!

8. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 7y

Quoting smaber

We just need to work out the actual arrangements.

Whether that be fly to Melbourne, up to Brisbane then fly to NZ then back to Brisbane and back down again to fly out of Melbourne to the UK via Dubai. Or fly to Melbourne, straight up to NZ, then back to Melbourne and do the Aussie stuff. Who knows, something we need to look into - any tips or advice most welcome!

If I were you, I'd try to get open-jaw tickets instead, to avoid back-tracking- possibly fly into Melbourne and onwards to NZ from Brisbane/Cairns? Then maybe, if you arrive to Christchurch for example, fly back from Auckland, thus avoiding going back to your original destination and wasting time. Try and figure out what you want to see first/where you want to visit, and then draft a schedule around that.

9. Posted by yyzdxb (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

Emirates has one of the best routes to downunder and combining oz with nz.
check if you can arrive to Mel from Dxb, then overland Mel to Syd, Fly with Emirates from Syd to Christchurch, work you way up to Auckland , then fly from Auckland to Brisbane ,Flying back to Dubai.

You can cover Dubai with 3 days .

Another thing , to ease my jet lag and make the most of my short available vacation, I use an NZ homepathic medication called "no jet lag " and I don't have any down time , I travel between Toronto and Dubai (over 14 hours )at least twice a year.

Hope this will help

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