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Travel Bug: No shortage of activities on adventure to Australia, New Zealand

‘Australia and New Zealand are really far,” said my husband, Gary, “so if we’re going to go, let’s visit both countries in one trip.” So began my challenge to plan our vacation. In the evenings, I pored over guidebooks and quizzed well-traveled friends, becoming more and more overwhelmed about the logistics. For us, the best solution was to take a 14-day Holland America cruise from Sydney, Australia, to Auckland, New Zealand, and add extra time in each country before and after for more exploration by car and on foot. In the end, we traveled for a month. (Marybeth Bond-Sheppard photo / For The Ark)

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