Star Trekking: Kate Plus Eight Go Down Under - My Family Travels

Ending 2010 with a bang, reality television star and single mom, Kate Gosselin, packed up her eight children, and headed to New Zealand and Australia for a two week get-a-way. 

Sources report that the 22-hour first class flight on Qantas Airways had a hefty price tag of more than $140,000.  Although lucky for Kate and her large bunch of kids, TLC, the network that airs her show, Kate Plus Eight, picked up the tab.

Also in tow for the trip: two nannies, a cameraman, a sound technician and the Gosselin’s bodyguard, Steve Nield, a New Zealand native.

Before departing, Kate’s ex-husband and father to all eight children, Jon Gosselin, made legal efforts to keep the kids, ages 10 to 6-years-old, home for the start of school in the beginning of January.  However, his efforts were not successful and the kids enjoyed the Land Down Under.

Spending New Year’s Eve at the Sydney Harbour, the kids watched a fireworks spectacular.  The clan also spent a day at Sydney’s Bondi Beach. Other metropolitan stops along the way included Adelaide and Brisbane, where the family spent some time in the sun and in the pool.

The Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland was another major highlight.  Here the kids and Kate enjoyed frontrow seats to a Croc Show with Terri and Bindi Irwin (kin of the late Steve Irwin).

Before returning home to the US, the family stopped in New Zealand to get more in touch with nature.  They spent time at the natural springs in Rotorua and even went horseback riding in the countryside.

The trip will be featured in an upcoming episode of the TLC show, Kate Plus Eight.

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