Thank you from Donna Mann

When my husband and I decided to go to New Zealand and Australia to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, we turned to Karen and her team at Australia 2000 to help us plan it.

Photo Credit to Chris & Donna Mann

At our first meeting, we talked to Karen about the places that interested us, the types of things we liked to do, and discussed our budget.  Then Karen used her knowledge of the area and her extensive contacts to develop the itinerary and recommend hotels, tours and experiences for us.  After some discussion and advice from Karen, we decided to fly Premium Economy on Air New Zealand for our flights over the Pacific, and it was worth every penny.  We were so much more comfortable that we would have been in coach, and we arrived in New Zealand ready to begin our adventure.

Photo Credit to Chris & Donna Mann

Karen also arranged transportation for us when we needed it so we didn’t have to worry about driving in unfamiliar places on the opposite side of the road.  That worked flawlessly.    We felt so spoiled!

Karen chose a nice mix of B&B-type lodgings as well as traditional hotels.  All were well located and offered excellent service and food.  She also arranged a number of excursions for us, including:

  • A guided hike on the Routeburn Track
  • A luxury overnight cruise on Milford Sound
  • My husband’s fly-fishing trip
  • Touring Kangaroo Island to see koalas, kangaroos, seals, sea lions and even an echidna in the wild
  • A day long tour of Sydney
  • Our farewell dinner at Cafe Sydney, where we were seated at one of the best tables in the restaurant

We really appreciated Karen’s suggestions and her expertise.  There is no way we could have put together this kind of trip on our own, and we would have missed some amazing experiences had we tried.  Plus we met so many wonderful and interesting people along the way who not only helped us out, but also were excited to share the places they lived with us.  Knowing there were local people we could call if we had any problems made us confident that we would enjoy our trip to the fullest.  If you want a customized and personal vacation, turn to Karen and her team at Australia 2000.  They won’t disappoint!

Donna Mann


Australia & New Zealand Considered for New7Wonders of Nature

Surely most have heard of the 7 Wonders of the World and perhaps a lucky few have visited all of them all but did you know that there is a New7Wonders of Nature Campaign taking place right now? The New7Wonders Foundation is on a global search to recognize the 7 most wonderous natural sites as selected and voted on by the public and the winners will be announced on November 11, 2011 (yes, that’s 11-11-11).

In order to be considered sites must be clearly defined as a natural site, monument or landscape that was not created or significantly altered by humans. Of the hundreds of sites originally nominated the contest is now down to its final phase with only 28 selections left for consideration and both Australia & New Zealand remain in the running. Among the top 28 finalists are The Great Barrier Reef & Uluru in Australia and Milford Sound in New Zealand.

There are only 83 days left to vote so let your voice be heard and vote now for your favorite.

The Great Barrier Reef

The largest coral reef in the world, The Great Barrier Reef, is made up of 2500 separate reefs and stretches over 1250 miles in length and includes over 500 islands from Queenslands coast to the western edge of the Pacific Ocean. Its ecosystem supports the greatest concentration of life on this planet with its resident marine life includes 1500 species of fish, 350 different kinds of coral, 4000 species of molluscs and 10,000 species of sponges. This natural wonder also provides breeding areas for humpback whales, sea turtles and seabirds.

To vote for GBR, Australia


Few people who visit Uluru, most commonly known as Ayers Rock, return unchanged. The rock and the surrounding land has huge spiritual significance for the Anangu Aboriginal people. It lies in Australia’s Red Center like an enormous, moody heart. At an enormous 348 meters tall and 5 ½ miles in circumference it’s hard to believe that more than two thirds of the rock remains hidden beneath the ground. Yet at its massive feet the icy-green and grey vegetation offer a refuge for wildlife. Arraying itself in a multiplicity of hues from black to purple, blue to brown, orange and red throughout various times of day and weather, Uluru’s sheer majesty outshines even the brilliant sunset.

To vote for Uluru, Australia

Milford Sound

Grand, brooding, serene and wild, Milford Sound, located within Fiordland National Park on New Zealand’s South Island,  draws visitors from all over the globe to cruise its length. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls washed with waterfalls line the shores of the sound and in the foreground stands Mitre Peak, a majestic presence dominating the skyline. On any given day you are likely to see dolphins and rare penguins or perhaps even seals sunbathing on the rocky shores.









To vote for Milford Sound, New Zealand



19 Day Elegant New Zealand Discovery Tour

Day 1 Arrive in Auckland. Fly to Waiheke Island
Day 2 Private discovery tour on Waiheke Island
Day 3 Fly to Taupo
Day 4 Private touring in Taupo
Day 5 Private transfer to Napier
Day 6 Private touring in Hawkes Bay
Day 7 Private guided touring to Palliser Bay
Day 8 At leisure in Palliser Bay
Day 9 Private transfer to Wellington
Day 10 Gourmet walking tour. Touring on private Maori marae
Day 11 Fly to Nelson
Day 12 Helicopter tour to Farewell Spit
Day 13 At leisure in Nelson
Day 14 Full day private touring in Nelson Region
Day 15 Fly to Queenstown
Day 16 Helicopter Milford Sound & Jetboat Dart River Tour
Day 17 Fly fishing or spa treatment
Day 18 Fly to Auckland. Private City Tour
Day 19 Depart New Zealand

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10 Day Luxury New Zealand Discovery Tour


  • Canterbury Country Estate
  • Kaikoura
  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown
  • Dart River Cruise
  • Milford Sound
  • Auckland

Day 1 Arrive in Christchurch / Transfer to luxury country lodge
Day 2 4X4 Discovery Tour
Day 3 Whale Watching Tour / Transfer to Christchurch
Day 4 City Tour of Christchurch.
Day 5 Fly to Queenstown
Day 6 Lord of the Rings Tour – Dart River and Milford Sound
Day 7 At leisure in Queenstown
Day 8 Fly to Auckland / Private City Tour
Day 9 Private Touring with a Maori Guide
Day 10 Depart New Zealand

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