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April 2003
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All of them Whatever When its margarita time Um...April is a little vague. We'll either drive around Australia endlessly or hop (like a kangaroo) over to Fiji.


February 2003
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1st Sa 1 Day Cross over to South Island.
2-5 Su-W 4 Pichon & Marlborough Sounds: Hiking Queen Charlottes Track; sea kayaking in Marlborough Sounds, penguins & dolphins, wine tasting; Hamner Hot Springs & Spa.
6-8 Th-S 3 Christchurch: Art, cinemas, theater, casinos, festivals, day trips
9-10 Su-M 2 Dunedin: Tour & tasting of brewery (Jeff is REALLY looking forward to this part of the trip); train ride.
11-14 T-F 4 Otago Peninsula: sea kayaking with penguins, seal, albatross; beaches. Stewart Island is the southern most point in New Zealand. This is where Kelly breaks out the thermals and earmuffs!!
15-19 S-W 5 Milford Track & Fiordland National Park: Four day hike. This is where we pretend to be young and in-shape. Hopefully the beers we pound in Dunedin won't slow us down!
20-22 Th-S 3 Queenstown & Arrowtown: Adventures & bars; Gold country; 4WD (um...not in the RV) to Skippers Canyon; horseback riding; pan for gold.
23-24 Su-M 2 Fox or Franz Josef Glaciers: Glaciers & rainforests. Will need ice cramp-ons to tootle around.
25 T 1 Paparoa National Park: Blowholes, pancake rocks; Greenstone for jade
26 W 1 Nelson: Wineries, breweries, distilleries. Basically a party stop...
Feb 27-28 Th-F 2 Days Cross to North Island & Wellington.


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March 1 2 S-S 2 days Tongarrio National Park: Check out some volcanos. Leanne, I'll let you know if they are anything like the Big Island!
3 M 1 day Waitomo Caves: Glowworms, spelunking, white water rafting; angora rabbit shearing shed.
4-7 T-F 4 days Return to Auckland for Fat Tuesday and the final days of the Americas Cup race. Hoping to party with a couple famous sailors in a yacht club. Has it been two months already??!!
7 F 1 day Drop off RV and say goodbye to New Zealand. We now hop (kanga-style) onto a plane and fly to Cairns, Australia. G'day mate.
7-10 F-M 3 days Cairns: Tootlin' around the Great Barrier Reef area.
10 M 1 day Fly to Hamilton Island at the southern portion of the Great Barrier Reef.
10-20 M-Th 10 days Get on another sailboat for our second sailing adventure in the Whitsunday Islands.
20 Th 1 day Drop off sailboat & fly to Sydney.
20-24 Th-M 4 days Hang out in Sydney and party with some locals.
March 24 to ?? All of them 4-6 weeks Pick up rental car/RV/train (we don't which yet) in Sydney. The "plan" is to drive the south east of the country. Start in Sydney, down to Melbourne, up to Adelaide via the wine country.


January 2003
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7-9th T-Th 2 days Leave SFO and arrive in Auckland. Loose Wednesday the 8th.
9-13th Th-M 4 days Stay in Auckland with Ayn a friend of Pat's who is graciously letting us crash at her place for a few days while we de-jetlag.
13-16 M-Th 4 days Somehow (probably by bus) get up to Kerikeri/Russell area. Site see for a few days and get provisions for the sailing trip. Woohoo, our first Kiwi shopping experience!
17-24 F-F 7 days Bay of Islands: Our first sailing adventure! "Jeff trim that main or you'll walk the plank." Sail around 144 islands; swim with dolphins.
24 F 1 Somehow drop off sailboat, get back to Auckland and pick up RV all in same day!!
24-26 F-Su 3 days Begin our six weeks of RV'ing. Bay of Plenty: geysers, hot springs, volcano hike, polynesian spa
27 M 1 day Taupo: Hot springs, large lake
28-30 T-Th 3 days Napier/Hawkes Bay: Art Deco with oddball attractions; wineries, greet the dawn at Gisborne (those of you who know Jeff may want to take bets as to whether I can get him up at dawn), surfers at beach, Cape Kidnappers.
31-Feb 1 F-S 2 days Wellington: Theater, capital, nightlife, Te Papa Museaum, cafes, botanical gardens.


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May 14 W 12 hours Return home :(