Although vastly different and far apart, since it takes a while to reach that part of the globe, most people combine the two countries. Of course, the Hobbit craze from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings books which were made into films shot in New Zealand gave that country an extra boost of interest. Several of the most gorgeous hotels in the world are in New Zealand. It is the worlds finest adventure playground. New Zealand’s stunning scenery makes walking one of the country’s top activities.
Exploring New Zealand’s magnificent landscape and coastline tops the list for many. If adventure is your game, there’s a long list of thrilling activities to get your blood racing. Or if it’s a relaxing holiday you’re after, hot pools, vineyards and cultural attractions will also take your breath away.
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Check out the Siberia Experience which begins with a scenic flight over Mount Aspiring, touching down in the Siberia Valley for a hike through meadows and beech forest to the Wilkin River Valley, where a jet boat takes you on an exhilarating ride back.
Meanwhile, Australia boasts a strong economy, amazing properties, and a diverse landscape.
The Outback: Discover the vastness of Australia’s interior on an epic outback – Four wheel drive the rugged Gibb River Road, stopping to swim in cool, rocky gorges and stay on sprawling outback stations. Follow the Savannah Way through the outback from the Pacific coast in the east to the Indian Ocean in the west. Fossick for gold in Croydon in Queensland and canoe through Katherine Gorge in the Northern Territory. Fly over the beehive-striped Bungle Bungles or vast Lake Argyle in Kununurra in Western Australia. Drive the Explorers Way from Adelaide to Darwin, past the underground opal town of Cooper Pedy and the Red Centre hub of Alice Springs. Cross Australia from south to north via the Red Centre on the legendary Ghan rail journey.
Great Barrier Reef – From the spectacular islands, to the coral reef and marine life you can snorkel the Northern Ribbon Reefs, trek through the world’s oldest rainforest, the World Heritage-listed Daintree, or bask on the pristine beaches of Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the coral reef . For those that desire a truly unique in-water experience, Port Douglas offers swimming and diving with Dwarf Minke whales in June and July, If being on top of the water is more to your liking there are also fantastic whale watching cruises available during the whale’s annual migration. Further south, you can head to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays, where you can explore the 74 idyllic islands. Or you could take to the air and view the whole panorama on a scenic flight.