Australia & New Zealand
Curious Wildlife – Ancient Wonders – Astonishing Wines
Whether you explore Australia or New Zealand, our vacation advisors can create the best travel experience for adventures Down Under from luxurious, world-class wine tasting tours to one-time only expedition cruises to outback safaris by helicopter.
Rock on down under with an Aboriginal walk around Uluru (a.k.a. Ayers Rock). On the coast, scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef, surf the breaks at Bells Beach, or drive the Great Ocean Road past lonely beaches and dramatic cliffs. Meet kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies at Kangaroo Island, watch the whales at Hervey Bay, and tour the Barossa Valley vineyards. Daredevils can see Sydney Harbour from on high with a climb atop the city’s famous bridge.
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Take Your Pick of Kiwi Adventures in the Great Outdoors. If you think falling in love is a rush, try skydiving in Taupo, on New Zealand’s North Island. Bring your romance to a boil with a soak in hot mineral pools, then cool down on the snowy slopes of Mount Ruapehu or the South Island’s Southern Alps. Cuddle on a glacial cruise on Tasman Lake, float above vineyards in a hot-air balloon, and hike amid mountains in Fiordland. For fantastic views of river gorges, take a journey on the TranzAlpine train.
With Kids or Adults Only: Choose your own adventure and discover the best of New Zealand.
Koalas in the Wild – Traveling from Melbourne on the Great Ocean Road is one of the best ways in Australia to spot koalas in the wild. Or Opt for the Healesvillle Sanctuary to see native animals in a natural setting.
Furious White Island – This island, in New Zealand’s volcanic zone, has been in almost constant eruption for three decades. Take a boat or helicopter to Crater Bay and witness the spectacle.
Albatross Breeding Ground – The world’s only mainland royal albatross breeding ground is at Taiaroa Head on New Zealand’s Otago Peninsula. Observing these stunning birds is a birdlover’s paradise.
Great Barrier Reef – The world’s largest coral reed system has an extrordinary 1,500 species of fish and 400 types of coral, providing endless fascination for divers and snorkelers alike.
Marlborough Region – In the northeast of New Zealand’s South Island, this region is the creator of the country’s modern wine industry. The hot, sunny days and cool nights extend the vines’ ripening period, resulting in what many critics consider to be the world’s best sauvignon blanc.
Big Pineapple – Second only to Sydney’s Opera House as a tourist’s must-see is the Big Pineapple, just 100 kilometers north of Brisband in Woombye, Australia. This infamous 52-foot pineapple rises over the Sunshine Coast hinterland, and features rides and an animal farm with dingoes, alpacas and more.
Uluru at Sunset – This natural beauty, also known as Ayers Rock, is a huge sandstone formation in Central Australia. It is naturally grey, but the high iron content causes the surface to appear rusty. Watch it turn from scalding orange to brilliant red at sunset.
Sydney Harbour – Since ancient times, Aborigines considered this natural harbor special. You’ll agree as you walk the trails around historic North Head or enjoy a sunset picnic at Manly in Sydney Harbour National Park.
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