The following day we got to enjoy the beautiful inland scenery of New Zealand during a six hour train ride across the plains, cliffs, rivers and gorges outside Dunedin. We spent a day cruising the fjords of southern New Zealand and then 2 sea days crossing to Hobart, Tasmania. There we did what will surely be one of the most unforgettable excursions of our whole journey – a bike ride from the top of Mount Wellington down 4,000 feet into the town of Hobart. Fortunately, the rode was paved but so steep and curving that we had to hold the brakes almost the entire time. But it was a real thrill. That afternoon we enjoyed a city tour after visiting an oyster farm and winery.
On February 20, we arrived in Melbourne, Australia. This is the first time we have been to this beautiful city so we marveled at the parks, gardens, old historic buildings and towering new condo and corporate buildings throughout the city. Now it is on to Sydney and the end of the Segment 2 of our world cruise.