The Blue Mountains of Australia

A Sydney Day Trip to the Blue Mountains On a visit to Sydney, Australia we set aside a Sunday for a rail trip to the Blue Mountains. From the Sydney Central Station to Katoomba Station is about a two hour trip and if you go and return on a Sunday the trip is a superContinue reading “The Blue Mountains of Australia”

Port of Call Akaroa, New Zealand

The cruise port of Akaroa, New Zealand is a popular resort area for New Zealanders being less than fifty miles from Christ Church and is also seeing more frequent visits by cruise ships with the growing popularity of cruising around Australia and New Zealand. The cruise port of call Akaroa, New Zealand is located onContinue reading “Port of Call Akaroa, New Zealand”

Cruise Port of Call Akaroa, New Zealand

The cruise port of Akaroa, New Zealand is seeing more frequent visits by cruise ships with the growing popularity of  cruising around Australia and New Zealand. The cruise port of call Akaroa, New Zealand is located on the southeast side of sheltered Akaroa Harbor, centered on the cute resort township of Akaroa. It is onContinue reading “Cruise Port of Call Akaroa, New Zealand”

Sydney Australia and the Opal Card

Getting Around Sydney An Update If you are planning a trip Down Under with some time in Sydney, you need to build your plans around their great public transportation. Like most large cities, buses are plentiful but Sydney also boasts a metro rail system called “Light Rail” that connects most major parts of the metropolitanContinue reading “Sydney Australia and the Opal Card”

Port of Call Kona, Hawaii

The Port of Kona or Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii Kona is a favorite stop for cruise ships visiting the “Big Island” of Hawaii. Famous for its coffee, beaches and Volcano National Park on the island.               Link to Google Map                  Where the Tenders Dock There areContinue reading “Port of Call Kona, Hawaii”

Port of Auckland New Zealand

Auckland New Zealand and The Bay of Islands Auckland is a popular port for cruises around Australia and New Zealand as well as southbound Pacific repositioning cruises. Most itineraries also include a stop at The Bay of Islands due north from Auckland.   Where You Dock The Port of Auckland has a number of piersContinue reading “Port of Auckland New Zealand”

Visiting Haleakala

The Largest Volcano on the Hawaiian island of Maui The Hawaiian island of Maui is actually two volcanic cones joined by a small piece of land. The larger volcano to the southeast is Haleakalā towering 10,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean and still considered active, though currently quiet. The Haleakalā Observatory, also known as theContinue reading “Visiting Haleakala”

O’ahu, Hawaii, the American Paradise

Above: Waimea Bay  O’ahu, Has Something For Everyone Banzai Pipeline, Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head – these are all names we associate with Hawaii and they all are found on O’ahu. There are numerous reasons to visit all the Hawaiian islands but O’ahu is the real star. This island offers the excitement of Honolulu andContinue reading “O’ahu, Hawaii, the American Paradise”

Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea

Adventures in Paradise On a cruise of the Pacific recently we spent three days in the French Society Islands. The three major islands being Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea with Tahiti being the largest. These islands are due south of Hawaii on the other side of the equator. Tahiti is part of a volcanic chainContinue reading “Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea”