We're going down under!
We're taking 2 months off to visit Australia and New Zealand. The first week of our trip will take us to the North Island of New Zealand and the remaining time will be spent in Australia.
We have non-specific plans when we're there as we want to be free to travel wherever we want. When we land in Auckland, we have our first 2 nights booked at a tent hotel. After that, we'll travel around the North Island, hopefully visiting Rotorua and Hobbiton, along with some beautiful beaches. When we land in Sydney, we'll spend the first 5 nights at a hostel in the city. When we leave Sydney, we plan to focus the rest of our time on the east and south-east coasts of Australia, including Melbourne, Tasmania, Brisbane, and the Great Barrier Reef.
Our budget for the trip is minimal. We want to spend as much time camping and staying in inexpensive accomodations as we can. Sampling local cuisine will include trips to the grocery store and taking advantage of the kitchens provided in hostels.