We traveled from Auckland south to Queensland and Christchurch via planes, train and cars. We then went to Australia and enjoyed Sydney, Port Douglas and back to the Blue Mountains. It was an amazing trip.
Beautiful country, both New Zealand and Australia. Glow worm caves in New Zealand were awesome as was Milford Sound. Simply spectacular!
It took a LONG time for Amanda, the travel agent, to understand that we did not need to stay at 4 and 5 star hotels. We had told her from the very beginning but her quotes just kept coming in very high cost. We finally got through to her but we had to do quite a bit of research on our own. She did select some great activities, some of which we could afford, some we had to research on on own also.