A mix of European and Polynesian influences...
In two trips thus far to Australia and New Zealand
- spring break 2001 and Thanksgiving week 2007, I have found some of
my favorite spots on earth. On the first trip I traveled with Ben
and on the second trip I traveled with Craig. For a quick look, each travel page has an intro and two "best
shots" pictures at the top.
The seasons are reversed south of the equator, so
Australia and New Zealand were at the beginning of autumn in April
and at the beginning of summer in late November. The weather was
good on both trips, with highs in the 70s and 80s (ºF). On the first
trip in 2001 the US dollar was very strong ($1 US = $.5 AUS = $.4
NZ), but on the second trip in 2007 the weaker dollar ($1US = $.87
AUS = $.77 NZ) made everything more expensive.
If you are interested in Australia, I recommend an
excellent book called "In a Sunburned Country" by Bill Bryson that
takes an irreverent look at 'Oz' in more depth.
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