I had the opportunity to go to New Zealand and the Australia for 2 weeks on business. Had a grand time. Such beautiful part of the world! I saw Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, and Rotorua while in New Zealand. Since the trip was business I didn't get much sight seeing in but had a great experience meeting and working with great people. After New Zealand I flew east to Australia visiting Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Geelong and Brisbane. 13 flights in 16 days. I squoze in a little running but 3 were rather epic. The first was in the mountains around Rotorua where I hit 10 beautiful miles of singletrack on the edge of town. A trail running hub for sure. The 2nd was a sunrise run around Sydney. Great city! The 3rd was through D'Argulair National Park outside of Brisbane. On the day before I flew out, my hosts dropped me off on one side of the park with a map. 16 miles later I topped Mt Nebo and met them at a quaint little café for brunch. I feel very lucky to have these experiences. I also had a chance to go to a Mauri cultural center, visited nearly 30 running, fitness, and shoe stores, played a wicked game of lawn bowling, and watched a Union Rugby game. I think if I have a chance, I'll head down under again!