Beaches to “barbies,” koalas to wallabies, Outback to ocean…where to begin in this island-country-continent of Australia? Unique wildlife and dramatic landscapes, no doubt. But surprise is on your side in the Land Down Under. Whatever your fancy, Australia welcomes you. Mother Nature puts on an incredible show in New Zealand, too. Add Maori culture, friendly cosmopolitan cities and great food, and New Zealand becomes a veritable playground for the adventurous as well as those seeking a little relaxation.

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Ayers Rock:

Ayers Rock is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory of central Australia. It lies 208 miles southwest of the nearest large town, Alice Springs. The rock is one of Australia’s most recognizable natural landmarks and stands at 1,142 feet tall and is 2,381 feet above sea level.

Cairns:

Cairns is a regional city in the far north of Queensland, Australia. The city was founded in 1876 and named after the then governor of Queensland. The region of Cairns ranks as the 4th most popular destination for international travelers in Australia. The city serves as a gateway point for those visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is also surrounded by rainforest, including the world’s oldest, the Daintree Rainforest, which lies just two hours north.

Auckland:

This is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and is the largest and most populous area in the country. Roughly one third of New Zealand’s population resides here, dating back to the year 1350 when the Maori people founded the land which is known for being rich and fertile. Auckland is famous for its wonderful parks, stunning nature, and volcanic fields as well as rich culture, wonderful festivals and great quality of life.

Rotorua:

Rotorua is a city on the southern shores of the lake of the same name. Located in the heart of the North Island, 140 miles southeast of Auckland, the area is known for its geothermic activity and features impressive geysers and amazing hot mud pools that are greatly enjoyed by both domestic and international tourists.

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Try the wine:

Australia is well known for its wines, particularly its bold reds. It is the fourth largest wine exporter in the world, and has many extremely good varieties, such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Don’t leave Australia without bringing home some marvelous wine to share with family and friends.

Explore the Great Barrier Reef:

Experience one of the seven wonders of the natural world when you climb aboard a high speed catamaran and set off for the Great Barrier Reef. As the world’s largest living organism, you’ll find over 2,800 individual coral reef systems which are home to amazingly diverse marine life. Their bright colors look remarkable against the turquoise waters, and the boat reveals it all. Jump in the water to snorkel and really experience the Reef in an immersive way! Stroll along the walking trails, relax on the beaches, or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier.

The TranzAlpine Train:

Travel from Auckland to Greymouth on New Zealand’s South Island’s west coast. The TranzAlpine train is said to be one of the most scenic train rides in New Zealand and perhaps even the whole world. The journey runs once a day with an approximate travel time of 4 1/2 hours of sheer magnificence.

The Franz Josef Glacier Region:

There’s lots to get into here! This region of New Zealand is on the west coast of the South Island. It’s known as glacier country and is a UNESCO World Heritage area, which means that it is a world treasure and is carefully protected and preserved for future generations. It features many fantastic natural attractions one can take part in, such as glaciers, beaches, wetlands, lakes, mountains and national parks.

Expert Advice

DavidLutz

David Lutz

Product Manager
As you prepare to travel ‘down under’ to Australia, enjoy a casual dress style and be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes! It is recommended to take light or medium weight clothing during their summer months (December through April) and medium weight clothing the remainder of the year.
You're in for a treat! Australia has many wonderful culinary traditions. It’s perhaps best known for its emphasis on fresh food — often organic — prepared in fusion styles reflecting the many influences from Europe and Asia. Australian chefs also specialize in using the area's many native ingredients. Seafood is extremely popular and incredibly fresh, particularly along the coast. Barbecuing is a hugely popular cooking style in Australia, so listen up for the popular local term – “the Barbie.”
In Australia, Aboriginal art and artifacts are very popular choices for souvenirs. You'll find the best opals in the world in Australia. Wines are abundant in the land down under and not to be missed! In New Zealand, look for jade carvings and jewelry, luxurious wool products, art and of course, wine!

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