The Dream Makers at Australia 2000 Travel

We’re Aussie natives and certified Aussie and 100% Pure New Zealand Specialists who weave your interests, dreams and desires into our in-depth local knowledge and add a touch of Aussie magic to create a unique, fun filled adventure that exceeds your expectations.  Whether it’s a honeymoon on a private island in Fiji, breakfast with the kangaroos in Australia or hiking the magnificent rainforests in New Zealand we Aussies bring all of your aspirations to life.

Jim & Krystal Brown 2013 Fiji

Photo credit to Jim & Krystal Brown

Heather Sullivan OZ DEC 2014 #4

Photo credit to the Sullivan family

Ufer Rainforest

Photo credit to Bob & Susie Ufer


Australia 2000 Travel ~ Dreams Become Reality

BOI-private yacht-Whatever your dream, Australia 2000 Travel makes it happen for you. Perhaps you envision discovering majestic destinations such as the Bay of Islands in New Zealand aboard a privately chartered yacht. No worries mate! Our local booking agents organize every element of your exhilarating adventure from start to finish.

A chauffeur driven car will transfer you from your luxury accommodation to the marina where your captain who will be waiting to welcome you on board.  As you set sail doors open to spectacular scenery and numerous entertaining activities.  Explore largely sheltered waters amid a variety of scenic islands teeming with wildlife is just one of them. Dolphins, blue penguins, North Island robins, snapper, kingfish, and other marine and land animals abound. Some locations are premier sites for scuba diving on rocky bottoms, in caves, and around shipwrecks. Snorkeling and swimming are excellent. Pristine white-sand beaches, walking trails to admire stunning sea views or explore historic sites, the delights of laid-back resorts, and browsing in the shops and dining in the restaurants of small harbor towns are just a few of the pleasures a Bay of Islands yacht charter has to offer.  Contact us your personalized sailing adventure is waiting for you!

Our Personalized Tours Suit Your Every Need

Client Meeting at Australia 2000 Travel

Australia 2000 Travel Client Meeting

Before we begin creating your customized itinerary we chat with you at great length to determine your lifestyle, personal interests, trip expectations, fitness level, budget and the type of accommodation that best suits your taste. We are great listeners with vast local knowledge. We draw upon our wonderful experiences, our cultural and geographic expertise that only a native can possess and lastly add a touch of Aussie magic to create an itinerary that will perfectly suit each of your needs. Our unrivaled customer service, passion and commitment to excellence guarantees you’ll have the South Pacific trip of your dreams, hand-crafted to exceed your every expectation.

Luxury Tours Customized to Your Dreams, Desires, Taste and Budget

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Our customized tours are designed so that every aspect of your wonderful trip has been arranged to suit your personal needs and interests, time constraints and budget. Your tour will always include airline bookings, luxury accommodation, private or small group touring, private transfers between airports and hotels via chauffeur drive cars, early and late hotel checkouts, the full services of our local specialist offices in each country you visit in the South Pacific and assistance with entry visas. Restaurant recommendations and reservations, bookings for theatre and spa treatments are all part of your luxury tour. Your sightseeing leisure time activities will be selected according to your personal interests, tastes and desires. Your luxury tour will exceed your expectations.

You MUST Experience the Wonder!


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.    


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
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.





Thank you from Jim & Krystal Brown

Bula Karen!!!

We want to thank you for putting together yet another incredible South Pacific vacation for our anniversary! Jenny, Peter, their daughter Larra and the entire Nukubati staff made this an experience we will never forget! From the wonderful meals, beautiful grounds to the activities offered this was a wonderful way to take in both the Fijian culture as well as the luxuries of such a nice, exclusive resort. The attention to detail was like no other from all of the staff knowing our names from the moment we arrived, to the beautiful flowers placed throughout our bure and various places at the resort daily!

We especially enjoyed our time with Lote who took us out snorkeling twice on The Great Sea Reef. She was also part of the team that put on an incredible BBQ Fijian-style for us and lead us on an extremely interesting medicine walk on the island. We’re not sure how she had time for anyone else!!! Aside from the amazing snorkeling, I think our next favorite thing was the private picnic on our own personal sandbar!!

The entire trip was fantastic! So that’s Australia and now Fiji Karen. We may just have to try New Zealand in another 5 years!!! We’ll be in touch for sure!!!!

Thanks again to you and your associates,

Jim and Krystal Brown

Carleton, Michigan

Paradise ~ Nukubati Island

Dear Jenny & everyone at Nukubati Island,

What a treat to spend a few days in Paradise. The island is everyone’s idea of what The South Pacific should be. The ambiance and the facilities are great too. But most impressive of all is the entire team of people who take such wonderful care of every guest and gave us insight into the warm and friendly nature of the Fijian people.

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Thanks to all for creating an ideal ending to a long and eventful trip to Australia and New Zealand. We’ll always remember Nukubati with a smile.

Fond regards,

Hank & Leslie Edelman


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.


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
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.





Maori Cultural Experience


Photo Credit to Tourism New Zealand

A visit to New Zealand would not be complete without the opportunity to explore the Maori culture, the indigenous people of Aotearoa (New Zealand), at an acclaimed Maori Art & Cultural Center.

Visit a Maori meeting place with our specialist guides and participate in a traditional Maori welcome, experience Maori culture and have the chance to meet artists creating in bone, stone, timber & fiber. Hear the haunting sounds of Maori musical instruments and discover a Maori art tradition that spans three centuries and five generations of the Hetet Whanau, a local family of well-known artists.

Contact us to explore the rich and varied culture of the Maori during your once in a lifetime vacation to the GLORIOUS South Pacific.

Foodie’s Wanted at Tasting Australia

Celebrate one of the finest culinary galas of the yearTasting Australia, taking place in South Australia’s finest wine producing region April 26 to May 3, 2012.

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Photo Credit to Fast Forward Event Productions

Hosted by hundreds of the world’s top chefs and wine producers, Tasting Australia, has become one of the country’s best attended, prominent food and wine events since its inception in 1997.  Attracting upwards of 50,000 foodies from all over the country, the festival features interactive, hands on experiences with more than 80 events designed for anyone with a zeal and passion for food and wine.

Celebrity cooking classes and demonstrations, food photography, cheese making workshops and wine appreciation classes are among a few of the events taking place.  This year, The Australian Culinary Federation joins up with Tasting Australia for the much anticipated battle of the chefs, where selected contestants put their culinary skills to the test competing for the honor of ACF chef of the year 2012.

It is not too late to be a part of this extraordinary event.  Contact us today and we will weave this highly regarded affair into an unforgettable once in a lifetime journey to the Glorious South Pacific.

LGBT Mardi Gras Festival Ignites Sydney


Photo Credit Mark Scott Johnson

One of the most fabulous and flamboyant festivals ever is about to ignite in Sydney!

Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Pride, Sydney’s Mardi Gras Festival, never fails to enthrall the crowd. One of the largest Mardi Gras festivals in the world, this Sydney event not only brings together tens of thousands of Aussies and visitors from overseas.

Beginning, Sunday, February 12, a 3 week line-up of spectacular performance and visual arts, as well as community uniting major events take place daily. Headliners like Burly Beary Beefy Blokes, Diamonds Are For Trevor, The Mardi Gras Pool Party, Drag Races at Bondi Beach and Harbour 12 Dance Parties entertain thousands of partygoers and are sure to heat up pulses this summer.

It’s not too late to join us at the event of the year! Contact us to personalize a once in a lifetime adventure to the GLORIOUS South Pacific then pack your bags and get ready to strut your stuff!

Sydney’s BEST Tour Guide

Photo Credit Adele Hendricks

You expect unparalleled personal service and unparalleled personal service is exactly what you receive when traveling with Australia 2000 Travel.  Why take a group bus tour when you can explore the GLORIOUS South Pacific with one of our expert personal guides?

Our hand selected knowledgeable guides take our travelers behind the scenes, get off of the beaten path and avoid the tourist traps allowing each person to take part in the action, and at the same time, be a part of the culture.

Before our travelers even arrive into the country, each of our guides are given a detailed report about each person’s interests, desires and needs so that every tour is customized to the individual traveler.

Since Sydney is our hometown, we always suggest a full day private or small group orientation tour led by our incredibly knowledgeable local guide, and good friend, Suzanne. We simply cannot think of a better way to discover the city that has once again won the title of the world’s best city!!!

While taking a personalized Sydney orientation tour, Suzanne is likely to explore The Sydney Fish Market and some of Sydney’s cultural attractions, such as the opulent Sydney Opera House. Enjoy the splendid views of the harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Then it’s onto the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Stop by Yiribana Gallery, the largest gallery in the world devoted to Aboriginal art, and learn how art forms an essential part of Aboriginal life. As the Art Gallery houses one of the finest collections of art in Australia, travelers always have time to look at some of the other collections and browse the Gallery’s shop as well. Don’t miss the Australian Museum, one of the top natural history museums, featuring its Aboriginal exhibition and wonderful mammal, bird and insect displays.

During the day Suzanne will drive past the homes of Sydney’s rich and famous before turning toward the legendary Bondi Beach where you’ll stop by one of our favorite restaurants for a decadent lunch. Following lunch Suzanne is likely to get off of the beaten path and travel over Sydney Harbour Bridge to visit several of the Northern Beaches and Suburbs of Sydney.

We simply cannot think of a better way to spend the day than by exploring some of the best attractions that the city has to offer.

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


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.

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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.


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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

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.

Baby Boomers Seek Unique Travel Experiences

Australia: Aboriginal Culture 009

Photo credit Steve Evans

It’s finally here, the year that “baby boomers” begin to retire.  Baby boomers, defined as individuals born post World War II during the “baby boom” between the years 1946-1964, have begun to turn 65 this year and this article brings to light the many ways in which “boomers” are carefully considering their future.

“It’s no surprise that today’s boomers are planning to work longer than earlier generations of retirement age.  What’s interesting is that they’re not doing so just because they need the money. They also want to stay stimulated and engaged.”  read entire article

It’s been presumed that “boomers” grew up in an age of privilege, were the healthiest and wealthiest generation of their time and considered themselves “special” to the generations of those that had come before.  They grew up in a rising era of technology and medical accomplishments, have worked hard to provide for their families and vigilantly saved for the “retirement years”.

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Savvy Travelers Turn To Travel Specialists

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Many travel professionals have seen a decline in business or have shut their doors altogether as travelers turn to booking their own airline tickets, tours and accommodations online but those who offer specialized service focused on taking the burden off of the traveler are leading the way in this new travel era according to this Washington Post article.

“…For years, it looked as though the travel agent had gone the way of the milkman. As online booking sites such as Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity and others soared in popularity…. The travel agents who have survived have had to change their modus operandi…. And most now have specialties.” Read article…

More than ever people are cautious of spending their hard earned money as the economy slowly rises from recession. More time is being spent at the office with the building pressures in the work arena as so many struggle to keep the jobs they have. With little time and energy left for much else, many simply do not have the time it takes to plan, research and coordinate a well deserved break. Savvy travelers are turning back to travel professionals who can take the burden off of their shoulders to plan a well organized vacation with little or no effort from the traveler.

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Affluent Travelers Select Australia As Dream Destination

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Luxury Travel Magazine announces that the results are in (and we are not surprised)!

Upscale travelers select sailing aboard a World Cruise as the Top Trip of a Lifetime,  Cruising as the most desired travel experience and Australia as favorite Dream Destination.  Read the whole article.

Readers of Virtuoso Life magazine, a group of self proclaimed sophisticated travelers, have named Australia & New Zealand among the top five “dream destinations” while Fiji and Bay of Islands, New Zealand are both recognized as most alluring island escapes.

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New Zealand’s Kauri Cliffs Named Best Golf Spa Resort in the South Pacific

Luxury Travel Magazine has announced a new award for the renouned New Zealand Golf Spa Resort, Kauri Cliffs.

Travel + Leisure readers have chosen The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs as the No. 1 Lodge/Resort in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific in the 2011 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey…  Read the entire article.

Adding to their many distinguished awards, Kauri Cliffs in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, has recently received the honor of being named #1 Lodge/Resort in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific by the readers of Travel + Leisure.

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Destination Weddings Australia

The Chicago Sun Times recently covered the topic of destination weddings:

Destination weddings are one of the fastest-growing markets in the wedding industry, said Carol Lekki, owner of Carol’s Travel Service in Orland Park, which assisted the Brousils with their event. The agency has seen such a spike in interest that it now devotes a full-time staffer to handle them and honeymoons.

“More people just don’t want to go through the stress and expense of a big wedding at home,” Lekki said…  Read the entire article

The article covers some of the reasons people plan destination weddings.  Reasons like ease of planning, less stress for the couple, and more fun for the couple and guests.  While the article doesn’t mention destination weddings to Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti or Fiji, the South Pacific is an excellent place to plan a destination wedding.  From adventure to romance to rest and relaxation, you truly can have it all!  [Read more…]

Should Technology Take the Place of Personal Service and Interaction?

As technology is taking over practically everything it touches perhaps it’s time to get back to basics, human contact and interaction.  This NY Times article touches on the both sides of the issue.

Some hotels have begun to expand the definition of concierge to mean more than just a knowledgeable employee. It now can also mean smart digital devices. Software companies are creating programs that offer information like restaurant tips, flight arrivals and departures and driving directions via these devices to guests at midtier hotels that do not provide traditional concierge services.

Even more upscale brands that employ human concierges are joining in, by offering location-specific information, accessible via the Internet, iPhone apps and even live chats. And all Hyatt hotels let guests send requests, via Twitter, to customer service agents who are on call 24 hours a day…read more

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Overcoming Jetlag to the South Pacific

Wave Goodbye to Sleepless Nights and the Rest is Easy!


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