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A New Zealand native, Lee Brinck has over eight years of experience working with airlines, tour operators and travel agencies. His exceptional service has even garnered him Outstanding Employee awards in both his hometown and abroad.

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Bondi Beach, Sydney
Photo: Susan Milne

“Thank you, Lee: we received your "Welcome Home!" card with hand written message - once again, First Class creative service from Cruise Connections.”
Neil Leeson and Kathy Livingston

Lee's love for travel began as a teen and one of his first trips was to Australia.

Nearby his homeland, the beauty of Australia's golden beaches and its vast population (over 21 million–five times that of New Zealand) were appealing to Lee. "One of the things I love most about Australia are the beaches. I was able to surf every day!"

Despite New Zealand's history of being ‘arch-rivals' with Australia, Lee admits that "Aussies are extremely friendly people, even to us Kiwis!"

In addition to visiting over 20 countries, Lee has lived in Greece, Portugal and England. His love for sports, especially winter sports, brought the avid snowboarder to Vancouver.

No matter where he travels to though, his hometown will always hold a special place in his heart.

"There is a laidback lifestyle in New Zealand and we offer visitors beauty, diversity and rich culture. We also have diverse landscapes, natural wonders and a moderate climate – making it the perfect outdoor paradise."

Aside from being where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed, Lee points out that New Zealand has plenty of other tourist attractions, especially for adventure enthusiasts.

"A favourite place to visit for tourists is Queenstown, a resort town that is the famous birth place of bungy jumping."

For those that want to really absorb the culture of New Zealand, Lee suggests visiting the town of Wanaka.

"Wanaka is one and half hours away from Queenstown and is a small lakeside town with real "kiwi" culture and it is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand."

Lee’s Australia and New Zealand Tips

Australia and New Zealand are for everyone!

Whether it's viewing exciting terrain and exotic wildlife or socializing with friendly people, Australia and New Zealand always provide experiences that leave travelers awe-inspired. Plan your romantic getaway or family vacation "down under" and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Cruising Options

Cruising provides the best opportunity to take in the beauty and wonder of Australia and New Zealand. It is also the most affordable way to visit and explore both countries as the majority of their attractions are located along the coast. Some of your itinerary choices include cruising from Hawaii to Sydney, Auckland to Sydney or a round-trip from Sydney, each stopping at various exciting ports of call. Call your specialist to choose the itinerary that is best for you.

Explore – From top to bottom

These two destinations showcase a lot in such a small area. Whether you favour the natural beauty of the Bay of Islands and the quaint charms of the city of Auckland, or choose to see the magnificent Sydney Opera House and witness the fierce spiritual Maori culture, take the time to explore it all during your cruise. Places like Milford Sound fjords, New Zealand's most famous attraction, can only be accessed through cruising.

The Weather "Down Under"

The seasons in Australia and New Zealand are opposite of North America, in that their summer is actually from November to March.
In Sydney, Australia, average temperature from May to September is 12°C and 26°C from December to February. In Auckland, New Zealand the climate is cooler: with lows of 11°C during their winter and highs of 23°C during their summer months.

Things not to miss in Australia and New Zealand

Bay of Islands – New Zealand

Bay of Islands offers exotic and rare marine life and exclusive glimpses into the indigenous Maori culture. The string of 144 islands and cloistered bays is also a great location for any water activity, including fishing, swimming with dolphins, scuba diving, kayaking and yachting. Not to mention you can also enjoy a round of golf and biking while in the area.

Trekking in New Zealand

New Zealand is an outdoor paradise with more than 400 hundred trails for visitors to enjoy. Visit the Milford Track, a four-day alpine trail in Fjordland National Park, or walk throughout the Kauri forests and see the country's volcanic areas and lush countryside.

Sydney – Australia's Largest City

Get wrapped up in infinite adventure or shop in one of a kind craft markets in Australia's showcase city. Sydney city never fails to impress cruiseship passengers and its famous attractions include the landmark Opera House, Bondi Beach (every surfer’s dream spot) and Koala Park.

Great Barrier Reef – Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to hundreds of wildlife species and the world's largest reef system – composed of over 2,900 individual reefs.

Lee’s Choice for Cruise Line to Australia/New Zealand

To explore the "down under", Lee recommends Celebrity Cruises.

"Celebrity offers Australia/New Zealand cruises and cruisetours from November to March that vary in length from 10 to 20 nights. You can thoroughly explore the two countries and visit ports of call in other exotic destinations such as Tahiti and Indonesia depending on which itinerary you choose."

Celebrity Cruises recently introduced their new "Designed for You" program. As part of their commitment to providing an outstanding guest experience, it brings features from their new, award-winning Solstice-class to their entire fleet including the Tuscan Grille, Bistro on Five, and other popular amenities.

Celebrity currently has a 12-night Australia/New Zealand cruise sailing from Sydney to Auckland, starting from only $1199 per person.

"This sailing not only visits the capital of New Zealand, but also has ports of call in Tasmania, Milford Sound, Christchurch, Tauranga, the Bay of Islands and other great ports."

Destination Specialties

  • New Zealand
  • Australia

Travel Specialties

  • 8 Years in the industry
  • Has lived in Greece, Portugal, London, Australia
  • Native of New Zealand

Certifications and Awards

  • Certification from numerous cruise lines
  • Completion of Cruise Connections' Training Program
  • Ship Inspections

Favourite Destinations

  • Australia & New Zealand
  • Greece

In addition to traveling the world, Lee has also been a tourist in his own country. "New Zealand has one of the most diverse landscapes in the world. In just a few minutes you can go from the beach to the mountains and in 1.5 hours you can drive from coast to coast."

Past Destinations

  • UK, Ireland
  • Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain
  • Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium
  • Iceland
  • Australia, New Zealand
  • U.S., Mexico
  • Dominican Republic, Cuba

Upcoming Trips

  • South America
  • Tahiti
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