Insider's View


Australia & New Zealand

Continuing our discussion with Mark on the South Pacific, this month we present what he shared with us re: travel in fabulous Australia and New Zealand.

Q: What are the highlights of traveling in Australia and New Zealand?

Here you'll see the most incredible scenery- ranging from crystal clear waters, colorful coral and marine life to the highest mountains and snow-capped glaciers, coupled with a world class food and wine offering. Whether you are on a honeymoon, retired or traveling with your family, Australia and New Zealand have a lot to offer for the perfect vacation.

Q: What are the top sights in Australia and New Zealand?

There are literally thousands of amazing sights, one-of-a-kind activities and adventures in the South Pacific. The best that come to mind in Australia and New Zealand are:

  • The Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb and Sydney Opera House
  • The  Great Barrier Reef – one of the seven wonders of the natural world
  • Hobbiton near Rotorua in New Zealand (Land of the Lord of the  Rings and The Hobbit)
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Northern Territory, Australia
  • Watch the penguins on Phillip Island, near Melbourne, Australia (voted the most livable City in the World 4 years in a row)
  • Swim with the Whale Sharks on Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia
  • Visit Kangaroo Island in South Australia, a zoo without fences

Q: Are there any amazing attributes to Australia and New Zealand that cannot be found anywhere else in the world?

Unique to these countries is the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru in Australia's Red Centre and the Great Southern Alps of New Zealand.

Q: Can you describe the people and way of life?

The Australian laid back lifestyle coupled with cosmopolitan cities makes travel easy while in New Zealand you are likely to be invited to dinner with the locals. These are very friendly countries!

Q: What are the best eco experiences in Australia and New Zealand?

You can have some of the best nature experiences across New Zealand, diving in the Great Barrier Reef, exploring Western Australia and the rugged Outback.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about water sports and diving areas in Australia and New Zealand?

Just as in the South Pacific islands, you can do everything in, around and on the water! From world-class diving and snorkeling, to surfing, sailing and jet-boating, you can experience it all in Australia and New Zealand. Best diving areas are found in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

Swimming with a whale shark. | Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

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