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Whooo Hoooo

- just counted the days........

Just counted the days until the Great Down Under Trip - only 40 days to go - just over a MONTH!!!!!!!!!

God where did the time go to!

UPDATE.............. A week & a half - good grief - l really need to think about packing l guess!!!!!!

Posted by Purdy 14:11 Archived in Northern Ireland Tagged preparation Comments (0)

Itinerary Change

...reading reviews changed my mind!

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So we had booked Kiwi International Hotel & Hostel for our first stint in Auckland - but after reading the reviews we had to change - some people had bugs in their room NOOOO l will not be sharing a room with an uninvited visitor! So we have changed to Aspen House Hotel its more expensive but the reviews are so much better!

Now we are looking into car hiring in Oz and spending a night down the Great Ocean Road - looking at staying over in Lorne or Port Campbell - but if anyone knows of anywhere good for an over night stay all advice gratefully received!!

So we have booked an overnight stay along the Great Ocean Road - we have hired a car to take us along the road and do it our way instead of doing a day trip. So we are staying in Apollo Bay - thanks to all the TPers who advised that it was a nice place to lay our heads!

Posted by Purdy 14:23 Archived in Northern Ireland Tagged preparation Comments (0)

Well here it is the Australia/New Zealand Itinerary

So here's our itinerary for our trip down under in Dec 06

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DAY ONE Saturday 23rd December 2006

Belfast City Airport – London Heathrow - bmi
13.10 hours 14.30 hours

London Heathrow – Frankfurt – Lufthansa
17.00 hours 19.10 hours

Frankfurt - Singapore – Singapore Airlines
22.20 hours 17.10 hours (24th December)

Singapore - Melbourne – Singapore Airlines
20.50 hours 07.00 hours (25th December)

DAY THREE – 25th December 2006

Check In: THE BEACH, 97 Beaconsfield Parade, Albert Park MELBOURNE
p. 61 (0)3 9690 4642
f. 61 (0)3 9690 4062
e. rooms@thebeachaccommodation.com.au

DAY THREE (25th December 2006) until DAY EIGHT (30th December 2006)

Various activities in Melbourne area including:

• Hit the beach
• Visit to Philip Island
• Day to Great Ocean Road
• Catch up with Fiona & Dave
• Melbourne City Tour
• Melbourne Gaol
• Melbourne Zoo

- Day 5 & 6 (27/28 Dec 06)

Overnight trip along Great Ocean Road - over night stay in Apollo Bay, have hired a car

DAY EIGHT (30th December 2006)

Melbourne to Sydney
07.30 hours – 08.50 hours QF119

Check In: Macquarie Boutique Hotel
40-44 Wentworth Ave
Sydney 2010
T. 61 2 82628844
F. 61 2 92675037

DAY EIGHT (30th December 2006) until DAY THIRTEEN (4th January 2007)

Various activities in Sydney area including:

• Catch up with Gillian T
• NYE in Sydney @ Harbour
• Sydney Harbour Cruise/City Tour
• Hit the Beach – Bondi/Manley/Coogee
• Blue Mountains Trip
• Wine Trip into Hunter Valley

DAY THIRTEEN (4th January 2007)

Fly from Sydney to Auckland

Air New Zealand depart 09.30 arrive 14.30

Staying: Aspen House

Activities around Auckland:

• Rotuarua - have hired a car
• Waitamo Caves
• Wander around City
• Auckland Zoo

DAY SIXTEEN (7th January 2007)

Fly from Auckland to Wellington

Air New Zealand depart 11.00 arrive 12.00

Overnight in Wellington – see the capital city of New Zealand.

Staying: Downtown Backpackers
1 Bunny Street,
New Zealand
Telephone: 64-4-473-8482,
Email: db@downtownbackpackers.co.nz

DAY SEVENTEEN (8th January 2007)

Interislander Ferry from Wellington to Picton – 14.00 hours – journey time 3 hours

Staying – The Villa, Backpackers Hostel
34 Auckland Street, Picton, Marlborough, NZ
Ph +64 35736598 Email: stay@thevilla.co.nz

Evening in Picton.

DAY SEVENTEEN (8th January 2007) until DAY TWENTY (11th January 2007)

Based in Picton Area – activities to include:

• Cruise around Queen Charlotte Sound
• Marlborough Wine Area

DAY TWENTY (11th January 2007) – DAY TWENTY TWO (13th January 2007)

Hire Car – itinerary open – travel around Blenheim enroute to Kaikoura.

Schoolhouse Road, Kaikoura.
Phone/Fax 03 319 5083. Reservations 0800 346 873
Email: donegalhouse@xtra.co.nz
Website: http://www.donegalhouse.co.nz/

Activities in Kaikoura:

Whale Watching
Swim with Seals or Dolphins

DAY TWENTY THREE (14th January 2007) – DAY TWENTY FIVE (16th January 2007)

Travel from Kaikoura to Christchurch

Staying: Thomas's Hotel - on Hereford
36 Hereford Street
New Zealand,
Phone: 03 3799 536,
Email: chch@thomashotel.co.nz

DAY TWENTY FIVE (16th January 2007)

Fly from Christchurch to Queenstown

Air New Zealand Depart 13.25 Arrive 14.30

DAY TWENTY FIVE (16th January 2007) – DAY THIRTY (20th January 2007)

Staying: Discovery Lodge Queenstown
47-49 Shotover Street,
Queenstown, New Zealand
Telephone: 0064 3441 1185
(In NZ 0800 462 4877),
Email: info@dlq.co.nz

Activities in Queenstown include

• Gondola ride
• Day Trip to Milford Sound
• Day Trip to Doubtful Sound
• Jet boat ride

DAY THIRTY (20th January 2007)

Queenstown to Christchurch – Air New Zealand
10.20 hours – 11.05 hours

Christchurch to Auckland – Air New Zealand
12.20 hours – 14.45 hours

Overnight in Auckland

Staying:- Hilton Auckland
Princes Wharf, 147 Quay Street
Auckland, New Zealand,


Spend day in Auckland

Auckland to London Heathrow via Los Angles – Air New Zealand
23.00 hours – 10.35 hours (22/1/07)


London Heathrow – Belfast City – bmi
13.20 hours 14.40 hours

Home & back to work!!

So thats it the dates are more or less set in stone BUT what we do is open so any hints or tips or suggestions are all gratefully received!!

Posted by Purdy 12:21 Archived in Northern Ireland Tagged preparation Comments (0)

Its getting closer

The final countdown to Beijing

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I cannot believe how quickly time flies! We are off to China on Thursday - 5 whole days away - l really need to start getting my ass in gear and sorting myself out!

So l have sorted out my clothes (ie pulled out likely candidates of stuff l could take and dumped them onto the spare bed!), our passports are currently in Dublin having themselves had a week long vacation in the Chinese Embassy to get our visas, Paul picks those up on Tuesday.

We will lift our travel spends on Thursday at the airport before we fly to London - just need to pre book that online.

Gotta sort our travel insurance - our annual insurance runs out about now so that needs renewed although it will see us through for the Austrailia trip and some inital searches are coming up with quotes for about £60 for the year for both of us!

Tomorrow, Purdy the cat goes on her holidays for almost 2 weeks to her grans - she doesnt know yet cos l dont think she will be amused about the car journey!!!

So today l really need to focus on packing and ironing and seeing if there are any last minute things l need to pick up! AND, lm trying to ignore a cold which is trying infiltrate my system!!

More to follow!

Posted by Purdy 02:27 Archived in Northern Ireland Tagged preparation Comments (0)

Accomodation Australia

So we have sorted our hostels/hotels for Melbourne & Sydney - thought it wise as its so busy!

Staying for 5 nights in Melbourne @ The Beach Beaconsfield near Albert Park - right on the beach. Whilst in Sydney we are booking Macquarie Boutique Hotel on Wentworth Ave.

Im so into my research lve even got the day drips sorted - and we have another 9 months to wait - how will l cope!!

Posted by Purdy 11:37 Archived in Northern Ireland Tagged preparation Comments (0)

Down Under for Christmas & New Year

We have finally booked Austrailia & New Zealand. Flying out from Belfast on 23rd December 06, to London via Frankfurt (with Lufthansa) to Singapore then on to Melbourne (with Singapore Airlines) - we arrive at 7am on Christmas Day! We then have around 10 days to spend in Austrailia - with New Year in Sydney - before spending 16 nights in New Zealand. We plan to work our our way down the country - Auckland - Rotarua to Wellington over to Blenhim to Christchurch and down toward Queenstown & Fjordland. We finally make our way home on 20th Jan flying from Queenstown to Christchurch and on to Auckland (with Air New Zealand) overnight in Auckland then on 21st January flying back to London via Los Angles getting back to Belfast on 22nd January - with one day to recover and back to work on 24th January!

We booked all these flights with our airmiles and a cost of £170 taxes!!It would cost nearly £1500 otherwise! Now we need to plan more indepth agenda, with our hostels and internal flights/bus trips & day tours!

AND before we do all this we got to visit Beijing too - yes l am a very lucky girly!

Posted by Purdy 11:05 Archived in Northern Ireland Tagged preparation Comments (0)

Asia Beckons Again

Just parted with more cash!

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So last night Saturday 25th February whilst sitting in front of the telly, we decided to go for it and booked our trip to China! So through expedia we were able to get flights from London to Frankfurt to Beijing return and hotel for £528 for 7 nights (plus a day to travel. Travelling with Lufthansa - havent a clue what they are like long haul so will be interesting!! So there we go Thursday 1st June until Fri 9th June 2006 we will be in CHINA!!

Staying at Taiwan Hotel which is apparently a decent location, basic but clean hotel where we can walk to everywhere.

Next hurdle is to get our visas sorted - can do this in Dublin but is a torture as we have to deliver and pick up in person.


So we are booking our NZ & Oz flights with airmiles - if l ever get himself motivated into deciding about it! But cant push him too much just sorted China and too much excitement is too much! Still l will commence my continous nagging later (lve just bribed him with chocolate!)

Posted by Purdy 07:25 Archived in Northern Ireland Tagged preparation Comments (0)

Sitting in front of the telly

Here in cold Belfast

Ive just set up my very own blog - therefore it is very much a work in progress - as yet l havent been very far this year, but lm off on a long weekend city break to London next weekend therefore l hope kick this off in style!

Posted by Purdy 15:28 Archived in Northern Ireland Tagged preparation Comments (0)

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