You MUST Experience the Wonder!

G’day

Since the inception of Australia 2000 Travel our goal to handcraft bespoke, fun filled luxury tours for discerning travelers who wish to explore the GLORIOUS South Pacific has never changed.

To ensure you, our valued customers get off the beaten track, meet the locals and become immersed in their culture we have established firm business relationships that in many cases have grown into treasured friendships.

Those bonds with our hand selected hoteliers and tour guides nurtured during the past twenty two years set us apart. They make certain that your stay in our brilliant upmarket hotels, B&B’s, wilderness resorts and luxury lodges create authentic experiences and memories guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Discover the difference for yourself as you explore below four of the finest accommodations New Zealand has to offer.  Properties that are leading the way in uncompromised luxury, where pampering and opulence go hand in hand, dreams are realized and wishes come true.    

You MUST experience the wonder.  To include any or all of these unique accommodations in your next Down Under Adventure simply call us at 800.875.4530.  

We look forward to hearing from you.    

~Karen

Eden House

NSN - Eden House bedroomLocated in the midst of some of New Zealand’s grandest scenery from rugged wilderness to golden beaches lies Eden House a luxury accommodation. It is neither a hotel nor a lodge but a gracious residence home situated on 48 acres of private grounds.  It is the only New Zealand boutique property featured in the 2007 edition of the prestigious UK House & Garden supplement, Hotels by Design, that showcased “the most stylish hotels in the world”.

Generous, gregarious hosts, Bobbie and Peter cater to just six guests at any one time providing delicious continental or full cooked breakfast, pre-dinner drinks and canapés, dinner and stimulating often hilarious conversation.  A walk with Bobbie through her breathtaking garden will fill your heart just as it did mine.

The Manse

NPE - The Manse ViewsA luxury boutique accommodation located in Hawkes Bay on the edge of world famous Gimblett Gravels and Ngatarawa Triangle wine regions lies The Manse. The understated luxury accommodation provides a unique venue to explore the Hawkes Bay region, the fruit basket of New Zealand while enjoying privacy, spectacular views and a hospitality experience beyond the norm.  

Hosts Gary and Dietske have many years’ experience offering superb hospitality across Europe ensuring each guest’s stay will be dominated by fine food, great wine and access to the special experiences of Hawkes Bay.   That wonderful word, bucolic springs to mind whenever I reflect on my recent stay. Great laughter, a wonderful degustation dinner prepared by Gary, a walk around the property to meet “Ham” and “Bacon” as well as a visit to Hastings local produce market were all highlights of my stay.

The Boathouse

BOI - The Landing Residences Boathouse #2The Boathouse located on the water’s edge at Wairoa Bay in stunning Bay of Islands is a striking, airy residence reminiscent of a colonial woolshed and part of the unique intimate Landing Residences. 

Whether exploring the property’s six private beaches, native bush and bird sanctuaries, playing tennis, kayaking, working out in the gymnasium or simply relaxing on a chaise lounge guests become embraced by the beauty and the peace of Bay of Islands.  Game fishing, scuba diving, waterskiing, sailing trips to neighboring islands or a game of golf at nearby Kauri Cliffs, one of the world’s best courses are available at additional cost to people seeking greater activity or adrenaline highs.

Exceptional food and wine experiences are created for each group of guests by a personal chef who uses the bounty of The Landing’s own orchard, gardens and vineyard and the best of the region’s outstanding local produce.   Every sense is fulfilled at The Landing.

Otahuna Lodge

CHC-Otahuna LodgeOtahuna Lodge, a luxury lodge at the head of a secluded valley near Christchurch is a place of replenishment and refinement. It is a place where prestigious luxury accommodation meets exemplary service and cuisine in the context of an elegant, historic country estate. A place where guests receive the warmest welcome and indulge wholeheartedly in the sense of occasion presented by lavish surroundings.

This exclusive country estate included in British society magazine Tatler “101 Best Hotels” offers five suites and two master suites. Each retaining architectural features from the 19th century such as ornate original fireplaces, carved inglenooks and stained glass windows.     

During my stay I enjoyed, as do all guests, gourmet continental breakfasts daily as well as a 5-course degustation dinner with wine pairings to accompany each course, pre-dinner drinks with canapés.

As always, our continued success relates in no small part to the support of you, our valued clients. We thank you for having entrusted us with the creation of your once in a lifetime journey.  We also thank you for referring our fine services to your family and friends.  By so doing you help us continue to do what we so love to do.

Cheers Mate!

Karen Hardy Hodgson
 
Toll Free Phone within USA:
1 800 875 4530
Phone: ++1 248 647 4530
Email: karen@australia2000-travel.com
 
Personal service and attention to every travel detail!
 
Occasionally one hears of an unusual and unique business where the relationship is harmonious from the beginning. Where quality is the only measure of success. Where everyone emerges from the experience fully satisfied with the end result. Australia 2000 Travel Ltd., in Birmingham Michigan, is such a business.
 

 

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes: The Hobbit

G’day Mates,

Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans share our exciting news.

In honor of the release of Peter Jackson’s new Hobbit adventure the mayor of Wellington has renamed New Zealand’s capital city. The home to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy is now called “Middle Earth”.

Photo Credit to Tourism New Zealand

Filmed entirely in the lush, green rolling hills of New Zealand the newly released Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, takes place sixty years before the events in “The Lord of the Rings”.

The film opens to find the curious hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, being pulled along on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor that had been conquered many years ago by the dragon, Smaug. So continues the journey that has entertained and captured our hearts.

Now any adventurer can step into the journey and join in the adventures of Gandalf, Frodo and Bilbo Baggins in the magical land imagined by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Photo Credit to Tourism New Zealand

Welcome to Middle Earth, a place where ancient stories are told and spells are woven. Where the craggy peaks, mountain mists and breathtaking vistas inspire adventures only dreamed. “New Zealand IS Middle Earth. It has every geological formation and geographical landscape you can imagine…and some you can’t.” Elijah Wood, ‘Frodo Baggins’

When JRR Tolkein created Middle Earth little did he know the magical landscapes of his imagination actually existed, 12,000 miles away from his homeland.

When you explore Middle Earth you not only discover an enchanted land but also take home a little magic for yourself.

You’ve read the tales and have seen the epic sagas on the big screen. It’s time to become a part of the adventure. Click here for a preview of the movie then join our specialists guides on your own handcrafted Hobbit and LOTR adventure.

~ Karen

As always, our continued success relates in no small part to the support of you, our valued clients. We thank you for having entrusted us with the creation of your once in a lifetime journey. We also thank you for referring our fine services to your family and friends. By doing so you help us continue to do what we so love doing.

Photo Credit to Tourism New Zealand

Cheers Mate!


Karen Hardy Hodgson

Toll Free Phone within USA:
1 800 875 4530
Phone: ++1 248 647 4530
Email: karen@australia2000-travel.com

Personal service and attention to every travel detail!

Occasionally one hears of an unusual and unique business where the relationship is harmonious from the beginning. Where quality is the only measure of success. Where everyone emerges from the experience fully satisfied with the end result. Australia 2000 Travel Ltd., in Birmingham Michigan, is such a business.

The BEST of Australia for You!

Australia 2000 Travel Newsletter
G’day Mates,

It is our privilege to hand-select the finest tour operators, accommodation and tour guides throughout the GLORIOUS South Pacific. It is no small task and one that is never compromised. By so doing we ensure our ability to handcraft breathtaking experiential, adventure packed itineraries for you, our discerning travelers.

Each year, by special invitation, I attend the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE), Australia’s premier tourism trade event and the largest international travel trade show of its kind in the southern hemisphere. During the arduous convention, comprised of four days of meetings between travel designers, like ourselves, and Australian suppliers, strong business relationships are formed that permit us to bring you the very best Australia has to offer. This year Perth, capital of Western Australia, hosted one of tourisms most important events.

Preceding the adventure that culminated in Perth I spent a few days in my hometown, Sydney. Staying at the chic and sophisticated Hilton Sydney built on a long history of hospitality, expertise, phenomenal design, and ground breaking innovation was a wonderful experience. The luxurious Hilton Sydney is certainly a fabulous vantage point from which to explore one of the World’s most magnificent cities.

From Sydney I flew to Darwin in “The Top End” and stayed at Mandalay Luxury Stay, a gorgeous colonial style stone cottage originally built by Lord Alistair McAlpine. Laying in a hammock on the verandah of the house, sipping a chilled Aussie chardonnay while watching the fiery red sun sink into the sea was certainly a marvelous forerunner to the unique adventure awaiting me.

To my joy, the following morning Sab Lord, owner of Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris, escorted me on a private three day Kakadu, Arnhemland and Mary Region tour. During the adventure I was privileged to walk through the sacred sites of Arnhemland with an Aboriginal guide who told the stories of the rock paintings created by his forefathers. One breathtaking experience it seemed followed another on Sab’s tour. Our final evening was one of complete indulgence spent at Bamurru Lodge where water buffalo and agile wallabies wandered freely, where each meal was a taste sensation, where the Milky Way sparkled in the pitch black sky of the wilderness…just for me or so it seemed!

Three days in cosmopolitan Sydney followed by four days in The Top End well prepared me for ATE where one of the many highlights was a meeting with the representative of Maria Island Walk. The multi award winning, unspoiled natural island off of the east coast of Tasmania is home to a four day luxury guided walk that is guaranteed to create long lasting memories. Waxing lyrical about my own life changing walk on Maria Island led to suggestions of creating a tour for just five couples to experience the wonder. Do contact us to express your interest in joining this extraordinary life changing adventure.

Until our next adventure we wish you a glorious summer filled with all that makes your heart sing.

~Karen

Our continued success relates in no small part to the support of you, our valued clients. We are delighted that you have found us. By referring our fine services to your family and friends you help us do what we so love to do. For that we thank you.

Cheers Mate!

Karen Hardy Hodgson
Toll Free Phone within USA: 1 800 875 4530
Phone: ++1 248 647 4530
Email: karen@australia2000-travel.com
Personal service and attention to every travel detail!
Occasionally one hears of an unusual and unique business where the relationship is harmonious from the beginning. Where quality is the only measure of success. Where everyone emerges from the experience fully satisfied with the end result. Australia 2000 Travel Ltd., in Birmingham Michigan, is such a business.

 

 

 

 

Australia, The Happiest Nation in the World!

Australia 2000 Travel Newsletter
G’day Mates,

Australia, the happiest nation in the world…

 

Photo Credit to Arvada Center

We’re celebrating the news!  The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has made our hearts sing (read more).

If you are one of the lucky ones who have explored Australia you’re likely to be nodding your head in agreement.  Perhaps remembering not only our happiness but also our friendliness. As you wandered any of our beloved destinations you could have found that all you needed to do was open a map and as sure as eggs are eggs a friendly Aussie would have been there to point you in the right direction.

Perhaps it’s time to set off on your next adventure?  This month our website and blog posts have taken a walkabout far beyond the beaten track!  There you’ll be introduced to three luxury accommodations that offer the most exquisite, up close to nature, unique Aussie Outback experiences.  Far removed from tourist areas and ideal for those planning a return trip Down Under these accommodations are sure to satisfy the palate of even the most sophisticated traveler.

~Karen

Each month we feature remarkable destinations and exciting events on our blog post. Be sure to check our website often for unique locations and special occasions to include in your next Down Under adventure.

For those travelers seeking an Australian Safari adventure…we have the perfect luxury wilderness retreat for you. Located just to the west of Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory, Bamurru Plains is an ideal getaway for anyone wishing to become one with nature. A profusion of bird and wildlife are on the doorstep of this unique bush camp that exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ and brings a touch of style to a remote and beautiful wilderness.

Conde Nast Traveler Award Winning Luxury Outback Accommodation, Longitude 131, located in the majestic Red Center of Australia, features just fifteen private luxurious tents and direct views of Uluru. Longitude 131 is an outback experience where opulence meets authentic Australian heritage and indigenous culture comes to life.

Topping off our month of luxury outback accommodation is Western Australia’s Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, an exclusive safari camp hidden in the white sand dunes of Cape Range National Park. Exquisite accommodation and hosting style exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury‘ and has been meticulously designed to expose guests to the sights and sounds that surround each tent.

Our continued success relates in no small part to the support of you, our valued clients. We are delighted that you have found us. By referring our fine services to your family and friends you help us do what we so love to do. For that we thank you.

Cheers Mate!

Karen Hardy Hodgson
Toll Free Phone within USA: 1 800 875 4530
Phone: ++1 248 647 4530
Email: karen@australia2000-travel.com
Personal service and attention to every travel detail!
Occasionally  one hears of an unusual and unique business where the relationship is harmonious from the beginning. Where quality is the only measure of success. Where everyone emerges from the experience fully satisfied with the end result. Australia 2000 Travel Ltd., in Birmingham Michigan, is such a business.

 

Australia 2000 Travel Celebrates You!

Australia 2000 Travel Newsletter
G’day

Imagine credit to Adele Hendricks & Paula Friesen

Twenty years ago Australia 2000 Travel was created with the dream of helping adventurous travelers explore my homeland, Australia, and the GLORIOUS South Pacific.

We have enjoyed the honor and privilege of planning thousands of trips designed to embrace the individual traveler’s interests, lifestyle, dreams and desires. By traveling the length and breadth of each beautiful country, we have experienced the cultural diversity and met remarkable specialist guides whose passion is similar to our own…simply to ensure that as visitors travel beyond the beaten path they are embraced by the magic of the local culture. Those wonderful experiences have helped us create trips that, in some small way, have enhanced people’s lives.

You are the heart of our story. As tribute we’ve created a video montage of your favorite travel memories. Please join us in a stroll down memory lane by clicking on this YouTube video. You are the star of the show!

Our continued success relates in no small part to the support of you, our valued clients. We are delighted that you have found us and thank you for helping us do what we so love to do by referring our fine services to your family and friends.

~Karen

Each month we feature remarkable destinations and exciting events on our blog post. Be sure to check our website often for unique locations and special occasions to include in your next adventure Down Under.

An all star line up of sensational musicians take to the stages of Melbourne during the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Featuring more than 50 events and performances presented by legendary artists including Patti Austin and Chris Potter, the program features an exceptional collection of music and artistry. Click here to experience a sampling of the smooth rhythms of Chris Potter.

WOW, the World of WearableArt, aptly described as “Mardi Gras Meets Haute Couture at a Peter Gabriel Concert” is taking New Zealand by storm once again. This time as a traveling exhibition showcasing the newest concepts of technology, illumination, sound and fantasy to create visually stunning and dramatic living art forms that can only be fully appreciated by those who experience it. Click here to view a sensational video that goes behind the scenes of WOW!

A celebration of music, light and ideas, Vivid Sydney, transforms Australia’s famous harbour into a radiating playground of brilliance. Live musical performances, creative industry events, glowing interactive art sculptures, illuminated skyscrapers and 3D projections of masterful patterns of color beam and bounce brightly off Sydney’s famous icons.

In honor of our 20-year anniversary, we are offering an exclusive 5% discount on the land portion of travel booked during the month of May 2012. (This offer applies to new bookings only and cannot be used on existing reservations)

As always, I thank you for supporting Australia 2000 Travel and for the great honor of referring us to your family and friends. Referrals truly are the strength of our business.

 

Cheers Mate!

Karen Hardy Hodgson

Toll Free Phone within USA: 1 800 875 4530
Phone: ++1 248 647 4530
Email: karen@australia2000-travel.com

Personal service and attention to every travel detail!

Occasionally one hears of an unusual and unique business where the relationship is harmonious from the beginning. Where quality is the only measure of success. Where everyone emerges from the experience fully satisfied with the end result. Australia 2000 Travel Ltd., in Birmingham Michigan, is such a business.

 

 

Australia 2000 Travel Celebrates 20 Years!

Australia 2000 Travel Newsletter
G’day

Free Falling over the Great Barrier Reef

It’s hard to believe that in just a few short days we celebrate 20 years of creating once in a lifetime journeys for adventurous travelers seeking to explore the GLORIOUS South Pacific.

It was the dream of helping travelers explore my beloved homeland that gave birth to Australia 2000 Travel. Since our inception, my goal to design itineraries that embrace the individual person’s desires, dreams and interests has remained unchanged.

Our commitment to excellent customer service and wish to exceed all expectations has been sprinkled with a touch of Aussie magic, passion and zest for life. I am THRILLED to contemplate the fact, that as a result, thousands of travelers have marveled at their opportunities to meet the locals and to experience the usual from unusual perspectives while traveling beyond the beaten track.

You’ve always been a part of our story! Next month it’s your turn to shine! Do send us your favorite photos and travel stories that together we might reminisce and look forward to creating new adventures.

As ever, we thank you for your generous referrals to friends, families and colleagues. It is your referrals that help us continue to do what we so love to do.

~Karen

Each month we feature remarkable destinations and exciting events on our blog post.  Be sure to check our website often for unique locations and special occassions to include in your next Down Under adventure.

Celebrate one of the finest culinary galas of the year, Tasting Australia, hosted by hundreds of the world’s top chefs and wine producers features interactive, hands on experiences designed for anyone with a zeal and passion for food and wine.

The Arrowtown Autumn Festival celebrates the stunning scenery of brilliant autumn splashed red and copper colored leaves with creative venues such as the wearable art fashion show, sculptor guided stone carving workshops, guided historical walking tours and the opportunity to do a little gold panning.

More than 200 elite Australian and International food and wine persona, creators, highly acclaimed chefs, winemakers and serious foodies unite for the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival, taking place in one of Australia’s most beautiful coastal settings.

In honor of our 20-year anniversary, we are offering an exclusive 5% discount for travel booked during the month of April 2012. (This offer applies to new bookings only and cannot be used on existing reservations)

In addition to this rare offer, receive a complimentary bottle of Australian wine on arrival to toast the start of your amazing adventure.  Those traveling to New Zealand receive a lovely gift of assorted Kiwi chocolates.

Share our enthusiasm with family and friends who travel and you will receive our sincerest thanks along with a bottle of Aussie wine delivered right to your door.

As always, I thank you for supporting Australia 2000 Travel and for the great honor of referring us to your family and friends.  Referrals truly are the strength of our business.

Cheers Mate!

Karen Hardy Hodgson

Toll Free Phone within USA: 1 800 875 4530
Phone: ++1 248 647 4530
Email: karen@australia2000-travel.com

Personal service and attention to every travel detail!

Occasionally one hears of an unusual and unique business where the relationship is harmonious from the beginning. Where quality is the only measure of success. Where everyone emerges from the experience fully satisfied with the end result. Australia 2000 Travel Ltd., in Birmingham Michigan, is such a business.

 

 

Autumn’s Ablaze at Australia 2000 Travel

Australia 2000 Travel Newsletter
G’day

Fireworks!
Photo Credit magical-world

As summer fades into the sunset Down Under, we reflect on the exciting events highlighted on our blog post this past month:

The 24th annual Geon Art Deco Weekend in New Zealand where the Napier community travels back in time to the 1930’s for a one of a kind celebration.

Adelaide’s Cellar Door Wine Festival where wine aficionados and enthusiasts explore 12 iconic wine regions of South Australia and enjoy unlimited samplings of the regions finest wines from over 150 wineries.

The LGBT Mardi Gras Festival, one of the most fabulous and flamboyant festivals ever, celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Pride in Sydney.

As we bid summer farewell, it is time to embrace the changing of the seasons and welcome GLORIOUS fall (March through May in the Lands Down Under), a season where fiery Autumn foliage comes to life in the southern states.

Those with a penchant for fine wine will not want to miss our blog featuring the 20th annual Margaret River Wine Festival taking place in exquisite Western Australia. For a very different experience in Western Australia, take the whole family and “give it a go” at the 13th annual Fremantle Street Arts Festival showcasing some of the very best performers from around the globe who will amaze and astound the crowds with a variety of shows on Freo’s streets.

We hope that you’ll join us along the way and check back to our website often as we unveil a plethora of Autumn events and exciting destinations to explore.

~Karen

We’re Showing Our Appreciation By Toasting You!

Share in our passion when you explore the glorious South Pacific and you will receive a complimentary bottle of Australian wine on arrival to toast the start of your amazing adventure! Those traveling to New Zealand receive a lovely gift of assorted Kiwi chocolates.

Share our enthusiasm with family and friends who travel and you will receive our sincerest thanks along with a bottle of Aussie wine delivered right to your door.

As always, I thank you for supporting Australia 2000 Travel and for the great honor of referring us to your family and friends.

Referrals truly are the strength of our business and allow us to keep doing what we so love to do.

Cheers Mate!

Karen Hardy Hodgson
Toll Free Phone within USA: 1 800 875 4530
Phone: ++1 248 647 4530
Email: karen@australia2000-travel.com
Personal service and attention to every travel detail!

Occasionally one hears of an unusual and unique business where the relationship is harmonious from the beginning. Where quality is the only measure of success. Where everyone emerges from the experience fully satisfied with the end result. Australia 2000 Travel Ltd., in Birmingham Michigan, is such a business.

Happy New Year from Australia 2000 Travel

Australia 2000 Travel Newsletter
G’day Mates,

Photo Credit to miquitos

The New Year is underway, and for us at Australia 2000 Travel, 2012 is truly a time of celebration as we reflect on 20 years of helping adventurous travelers discover the GLORIOUS South Pacific.
We have had the honor and privilege of organizing once in a lifetime journeys for couples who have exchanged vows in tropical paradise, honeymooners, couples celebrating birthdays and golden anniversaries, cancer survivors, families, newly retired seniors, the adventurous few who enjoy traveling alone as well as those who have dreamt of exploring Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti or Fiji their entire lives.
We would be remiss not to thank each and every one of you for trusting and allowing us to create the journeys that we hope have created memories that will last a lifetime. Also thank you for the greatest honor of referring us to your family and friends. Referrals truly are the strength of our business and allow us to keep doing what we so love to do.
Thank you for touching my life as much as I hope that I have touched yours.
~Karen

From the Blog

Each week we feature exciting destinations and events taking place Down Under. This month we feature some of our favorite summer events, The Australian Open, Australia Day Celebrations, New Zealand’s Marlborough Wine Festival and The 60th Annual Perth International Arts Festival.
Please check out our blog and join in the adventure.
As always, I thank you for supporting Australia 2000 Travel. We wish you a health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year!

Karen Hardy Hodgson
Toll Free Phone within USA: 1 800 875 4530
Phone: ++1 248 647 4530
Email: karen@australia2000-travel.com
Personal service and attention to every travel detail!
Occasionally one hears of an unusual and unique business where the relationship is harmonious from the beginning. Where quality is the only measure of success. Where everyone emerges from the experience fully satisfied with the end result. Australia 2000 Travel Ltd., in Birmingham Michigan, is such a business.

Happy Holidays from Australia 2000 Travel

Australia 2000 Travel Newsletter
G’day Mates
3782 Darling Harbour Sydney

Photo Credit to rmonty119

The holiday season is upon us and for many that means spending time with family and friends, social gatherings, the assembling of decadent meals to celebrate the joys of the season and giving thanks for the countless blessings in our lives. For others it is a time of preparation as they anticipate the adventures awaiting them in a distant land.
If you are amongst the fortunate, preparing to leave behind the bitter temperatures to embrace the tropical South Pacific there is no need to worry about missing the magic of the season. Even though the temperature is rising and summer is in full swing, holiday festivities abound Down Under. So put away your parka, grab your swimmers (swimsuit) and SPF, and join us for a holiday you will never forget.
~Karen
From the Blog

To read more about some of the exciting events taking place Down Under this holiday season please check out our blog.
As always, I thank you for supporting Australia 2000 Travel and wish you every happiness in the Holiday Season!

It is referrals from clients like you that help us keep doing what we so love to do.

Karen Hardy Hodgson
Toll Free Phone within USA: 1 800 875 4530
Phone: ++1 248 647 4530
Email: karen@australia2000-travel.com
Personal service and attention to every travel detail!
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October Newsletter – Surprises Abound in the South Pacific

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On a particularly special and seemingly impossibly remote island in the glorious South Pacific unpredictable and often life changing cultural exchanges occur on a daily basis. We can never predict the catalyst, the format of the exchange, nor the beneficiary. We know implicitly that when world weary travelers arrive on Nukubati, an exquisite Fijian island, change will occur. We know that once embraced by the gentle nature and kindness of the Fijian staff, lovingly known as the Nukubati Family, hearts will fill, cultural barriers will disappear, laughter will reign, stories will be told and music will flow.

In March Barbara and David Osher arrived on Nukubati guitar in hand. During their twelve day stay they marveled at the luminescent tropical fish and coral as they snorkeled through Mitimitis Garden, a coral reef in the turquoise colored ocean; listened to the afternoon silence, watched the ever changing sunsets, laughed with the staff, played the odd game of tennis, and enjoyed sumptuous cuisine. They woke at dawn to the cacophony of birdsong followed by singing and laughter as many staff members sailed to work from the local village. They listened to angels singing at the local church, joined the traditional meke, an evening of feasting, laughter, singing, dancing and carva!!! And they met Johnnie, a young man who LOVES the guitar. A remarkable cultural exchange was seeded.

Each night after dinner had been served David and Johnnie would play guitar, David the teacher, Johnnie the student hungering for more. They sat and played, laughed and sang each enmeshed in the other’s passion for music…by the giving and the taking. We have been told that on one such evening Johnnie casually asked the cost of a rock guitar such as David’s. That sadness filled his eyes at the price and contemplation of the impossible task of amassing, what to him was a small fortune. His dreams of ownership and mastery of such a magical instrument evaporated.

No matter their next destination guests who visit Nukubati find the night prior to their departure one of enormous sadness. Sadness when contemplating saying goodbye to new found friends who have brought change to their lives. Melancholy when hearing the tender Nukubati song that had greeted them on arrival now being sung as a means of farewell. As guests we know the heart wrenching feelings when we contemplate leaving our newly discovered tropical paradise. Perhaps we rarely ponder the gift we have brought the charming people we’ve met. People who have joined us in laughter, cared for our safety as we have snorkeled and dived the private reefs, massaged our tired limbs, guided us through the rainforest to their village, served us wonderful meals and champagne at sunset, tended to our every need.

For Barbara and David their next stop was in Kauai where they reflected on the joy of Nukubati, on the beauty , the color, the laughter, the people……on the bond brought by music and particularly the guitar. They especially remembered Johnnie, their mutual joy and wondered how they might send him that guitar! Today the logistics of fulfilling what was to become a mammoth undertaking are of little consequence. Ah but the completion is another story…….

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……as we said we can never predict the effect of any cultural exchange that occurs on that special island in the South Pacific.

~Karen

From the Blog

A special guitar isn’t the only surprise to be found in the South Pacific. Surprises abound there;

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from gourmet food tours, to unique tour guides, to award-winning cities, and heart-stopping races. Read all about them all on the blog.

As always, I thank you for supporting Australia 2000 Travel and look forward to sharing more of my recent adventures with you in the coming months.

Thank you so much for your support! It is referrals from clients like you that help us keep doing what we so love to do.

Karen Hardy Hodgson
Toll Free Phone within USA: 1 800 875 4530
Phone: ++1 248 647 4530
Email: karen@australia2000-travel.com
Personal service and attention to every travel detail!

Occasionally one hears of an unusual and unique business where the relationship is harmonious from the beginning. Where quality is the only measure of success. Where everyone emerges from the experience fully satisfied with the end result. Australia 2000 Travel Ltd., in Birmingham Michigan, is such a business.

September Newsletter

A Look at our September Newsletter.  To Subscribe, use the form in the right-hand column at the bottom.
Australia 2000 Travel Newsletter

G’day Mates!

Having just returned from the GLORIOUS South Pacific, I feel revitalized! How marvelous to have spent time with many old friends and to have made a number of new ones. Great to have found new means of exploring some of my favorite destinations and to have stayed in a variety of new and WONDERFUL accommodations! Such a joy and what a gift to be able to bring THE best accommodation and touring options to you, our clients. It is an extraordinary privilege to be given to opportunity to build and maintain personal relationships with the teams at our hand selected accommodations and with our tour guides throughout Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti & Fiji.

Such an opportunity occurred while staying at the EXQUISITE, recently opened Hilton Hotel in Queenstown on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu. During a site inspection with sales manager, Kristie Macaulay, I was surprised by an unexpected tap on the shoulder and a friendly greeting from Bradley Moody, the Director of Sales for Hilton Hotels Australasia region who was visiting from Sydney, Australia. As true Aussies we lamented our lack of time to share a glass of good (in THIS instance) Kiwi wine and to wax lyrical about all things South Pacific. We agreed to remedy that on my next trip to Sydney destined for this coming December. A great recognition of the years spent building relationships with executives from our finest, handpicked accommodations.

Not to lose focus, Kristie and I resumed our site inspection of the Hilton’s grounds, hotel rooms, restaurants and glorious spa. Set by the tranquil shores of Lake Wakatipu, and in the heart of Kawarau Village, featuring a majestic mountain backdrop, The Hilton provides the perfect base to explore the area’s natural attractions. Located five minutes from Queenstown Airport and a fifteen minutes drive or ten minute water taxi ride from the center of Queenstown we agreed that the Hilton is the ideal accommodation to access to all that Queenstown has to offer.

While staying at the Hilton the choice of restaurants abounds. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s signature restaurant, Wakatipu Grill that reflects the best of New Zealand’s culinary heritage. Expertly helmed by renowned Chef Peter Thornley, the cuisine is inspiring, with provocative takes on New Zealand flavors. Vast windows, an open kitchen and rotisserie, along with two circular slate fireplaces, lend even more drama to this magnificent space. From the bar visitors are tempted by yet another captivating perspective of the lake, or an exceptional vintage, the 1000-strong wine cellar has a keen focus on Otago’s best winemakers. Perhaps linger on the generous terrace where the elements combine to spectacular effect: the lake’s indigo depths, the clear air and a decadent outdoor fire pit.

After a hard days adventuring guests often gather in the flamboyant and ever-changing Kawarau Hotel Lobby Bar. While mingling at the bar they enjoy expertly mixed cocktails, a selection of cold beers and a variety of premium spirits, or sink into a comfy booth with friends, to share a tantalizing snack platter and enjoy an occasional live DJ set.

For me the site inspection concluded with THE MOST rejuvenating massage therapy where the masseuse used a variety of aboriginal oils and herbs to create a relaxing hour of blissful indulgence. One that set me on track for the next adventure…zip trekking and The Doubtful Sound…

~Karen

From the Blog
This month we have been blogging New Zealand.  Here is a look at what we have been covering:

As always, I thank you for supporting Australia 2000 Travel and look forward to sharing more of my recent adventures with you in the coming months.

Thank you so much for your support! It is referrals from clients like you that help us keep doing what we so love to do.

Karen Hardy Hodgson
Toll Free Phone within USA: 1 800 875 4530
Phone: ++1 248 647 4530
Email: karen@australia2000-travel.com
Personal service and attention to every travel detail!

Occasionally one hears of an unusual and unique business where the relationship is harmonious from the beginning. Where quality is the only measure of success. Where everyone emerges from the experience fully satisfied with the end result. Australia 2000 Travel Ltd., in Birmingham Michigan, is such a business.

August News from Australia 2000 Travel

A look at our August Newsletter. If you would like to sign-up to receive our newsletter, use the sign-up on the bottom right-hand column on this page.

Australia 2000 Travel Newsletter

G’day

As summer comes to a close and the days turn to cooler weather here in the U.S., we look forward to fall festivals, pumpkins, apple cider and the piling of leaves that have left their branches to scatter randomly on the ground. As much as we love the fall, it is also a reminder that winter is just around the corner with spring seemingly nowhere in sight.

Fortunately, for those of us with a heart for travel, spring has just begun to burst forth in the GLORIOUS South Pacific! From September through November, the lands Down Under enjoy the renewal of spring. Vineyards are ripe with fruit for picking, orchard trees are in bloom and major festivals showcase food and wine, flowers, as well as local and international theater, dance, arts, music and so much more.

Photo Credit: avlxyz

Perhaps the grandest event to take place in spring is the richest and more prestigious horse race that stops the nation of Australia, The Melbourne Cup. Taking place on the first Tuesday in November, The Melbourne Cup literally stops the country as all gather to witness the three minute race that covers 3200 meters and finishes with the winner awarded upwards of millions of dollars in prizes as well as the coveted cup trophy.

Not to be left out from the calling of spring, I am on my yearly journey to New Zealand meeting with representatives from our handpicked accommodations, experiencing new and exciting tours and filling my heart to bursting with the sights and sounds of the lands Down Under. Be sure to look for our September newsletter where I will share my exciting adventures.

~Karen

From the Blog
A look at what has been happening on the blog over the past month…
Thank you so much for your support!  It is referrals from clients like you that help us keep doing what we so love to do.

Karen Hardy Hodgson
Toll Free Phone within USA: 1 800 875 4530
Phone: ++1 248 647 4530
Email: karen@australia2000-travel.com

Personal service and attention to every travel detail!

Occasionally one hears of an unusual and unique business where the relationship is harmonious from the beginning. Where quality is the only measure of success. Where everyone emerges from the experience fully satisfied with the end result. Australia 2000 Travel Ltd., in Birmingham Michigan, is such a business.


July 2011 Newsletter

G’day Mates!
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We are proud to announce that we’ve launched a new and improved website at Australia2000Travel.com.  It’s filled with exciting features and ways to interact with adventurous travelers seeking to explore the GLORIOUS South Pacific.  We’d be thrilled if you were to find a moment in your busy lives to visit our website, read our blog and join in the discussion.  If you were to find a particularly interesting page we’d appreciate your sharing it with your family and friends on Facebook and  Twitter.  Do share in our passion, spread the word then be sure to let us know what you think!
From the Blog
A look at what has been happening on the blog over the past month…

Thank You so much for your support!  It is referrals from clients like you that help us keep doing what we so love to do.
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Karen Hardy Hodgson
Toll Free Phone within USA: 1 800 875 4530
Phone: ++1 248 647 4530
Email: karen@australia2000-travel.com
Personal service and attention to every travel detail!
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Occasionally one hears of an unusual and unique business where the relationship is harmonious from the beginning. Where quality is the only measure of success. Where everyone emerges from the experience fully satisfied with the end result. Australia 2000 Travel Ltd., in Birmingham Michigan, is such a business.

May 2010 Newsletter

“On a scale of one to ten our trip was a twenty plus!”

~ Adele Hendricks Rancho Santa Fe 2010

G’day Mates,

May 2010! A time of great celebration! Not only is Spring in the Michigan air it is also a time for personal celebration. Twenty eight years ago on May 1st 1982 my husband and I arrived in Detroit to commence a two year temporary work assignment that was destined to become a lifestyle change. Ten years later on May 1st 1992 Australia 2000 Travel was born. On May 1st 2004 the ownership of Australia New Zealand Down Under Travel was passed to our loving hands.

Eighteen fabulous years have been spent exploring the glorious South Pacific and parts of South East Asia. Remarkable stories have been gathered. Wonderful friendships and business relationships with hoteliers, inn keepers and private guides have been nurtured. Off the beaten track adventures have been discovered. Mountain ranges, glaciers and live volcanoes have been climbed. Harbors, rivers and oceans have been sailed. Fine Aussie and Kiwi wines have been sampled at our wineries and in our restaurants. Exciting galleries have been visited. Horses and camels have been ridden. Brightly colored tropical fish, eels and reef sharks have shared their space in barrier reefs as has an elephant in the South China Sea. Those wonderful adventures have enabled us to create an untold number of BRILLIANT itineraries for you, our enthusiastic travelers.

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