Firstly apologies to the people of New Zealand and all Zoochatting kiwis. As there isn’t an Oceania general forum I had to put this under Australia... My best friend is getting married in Sydney in February/March next year, the date isn’t yet fixed. I’m not working at the moment so will be able to make an extended trip to Australia and New Zealand. I have been to Australia once before (Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, Sydney, Canberra) in 2002. Then I managed to visit Melbourne and Taronga zoos and Sydney Aquarium. I have never been to New Zealand. Zoos and wildlife attractions on my initial list: Perth Zoo Adelaide Zoo Monarto Safari Park Melbourne Zoo Werribee Open Range Zoo Healesville Sanctuary Taronga Zoo Wildlife Sydney Sydney Aquarium Sydney Zoo (if open by then) Featherdale Wildlife Park? Auckland Zoo Hamilton Zoo Wellington Zoo Zealandia Orana Wildlife Park I’m finding the prospect a bit overwhelming and am very much in the early stages of planning. I don’t cope very well with extreme heat and humidity so North Queensland and Northern Territory are off the list. I’d like to go to Tasmania too. It’s not my aim to visit every possible collection but I don’t want to miss anything especially significant. If the timings work out I might be in Gold Coast for the Australian Eurovision final (Eurovision being my other obsession!) so that might open up the possibilities for SE Queensland attractions but at the moment that’s not a priority. It would be great if anyone could suggest any additions, particularly native fauna related. I’m not hugely into birding and am more interested in seeing beautiful/significant landscapes than chasing after spotting particular species in the wild. I’m concerned about getting burnt out so any thoughts on somewhere calm and chilled out for a view days would also be welcome. I can’t drive so will be entirely dependent on public transport or organised tours. Any thoughts would be gratefully appreciated!