Cairns, Queensland Australia

February 19, 2020

The final two days of our trip were spent in Cairns, Queensland Australia. There were two different activities that we enjoyed. Going out to the Great Barrier Reef, and taking in the beauty of the rainforest. Some of our group went to Green Island on the first day. It was…

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Sydney- Day 2

February 17, 2020

The Blue Mountains lived up to their reputation! We were wowed once again by the beauty we saw!  The word “saw” being a key word. Our drive into the park was sunny and beautiful! We viewed the rolling hills and rainforest from the highway, but as we arrived to our first…

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Sydney, Australia

February 16, 2020

One picture is worth a thousand words, right? Multiply that times all these beautiful ones captured on the Maasdam as we sailed into the harbor this morning just as the sun came up! We were blessed with a warm, sunny day of clear skies! The visit to the famed opera…

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Eden, New South Wales-Australia

February 14, 2020

You may have heard of Eden, Australia recently. It was one of the areas that was evacuated last month due to the massive brush fires that threatened to engulf the area. Residents were told to go to the beach or the wharf, so they would be near the water if…

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Tasmania, Australia

February 13, 2020

After 3 days of traveling from New Zealand to Australia on a ship crossing the ocean, you can be sure we were ready to get our feet on some land again!  We had officially left one country and entered another, which required an immigration process. We were able to arrange…

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Fiordlands National Park, New Zealand

February 10, 2020

The weather presented some challenges for our sail to Oban and Steward Island which is a natural habitat for lots of wildlife. We were lulled to sleep by the swells in the sea and awoke to continued high winds as we approached the island. The captain decided the sea was…

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Dunedin, New Zealand

February 7, 2020

Our tour of this well-preserved Victorian city was full of interesting places! We stopped at Baldwin Street- the former world’s steepest street which presented a challenge to these three to climb! The incline in the background was steeper than this photo presents! Otago University, New Zealand first university, is home…

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Arakoa and Christchurch, New Zealand

February 7, 2020

We set our anchor quite aways from the shoreline in Arakoa since we arrived at low tide. We were transported to the port’s wharf via tender boats from the cruise ship. Once there, we met our guide, Dermot who took great care of us during our visit to Christchurch!  We took…

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Wellington, New Zealand

February 5, 2020

It was another beautiful day on the North Island! We have enjoyed the scenery, the people and the food that we have been surrounded by! Today was a holiday. Waitangi Day, the national day of New Zealand, commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, which is regarded…

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Napier, New Zealand

February 5, 2020

In February 1931, Napier was destroyed by an earthquake that measured 7.8 on the Richter scale. and uncontrolled fire but was astonishingly rebuilt during the Great Depression in just under two years. The ground shook for less than three minutes, fires broke out all around, and 261 lives were lost. …

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Tauranga, New Zealand

February 4, 2020

Today, our first day of our cruise, was spent by getting acquainted with either the ship or the land! Some of us stayed behind to recuperate from the extended travel and difficult time changes while others headed out to experience the land. The tours our guests had joined for the…

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We’re on the other side of the world!

February 2, 2020

Tulip Tours guests left the US on two different days and flew from several different locations in the US all heading to the other side of the world! There were a few weather concerns that impacted some of our group before we flew out. A mudslide closed a portion of…

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