Nowhere does the great outdoors feel wilder – greater – than Australasia. This is a place where nature still rules, from wave-lashed beaches and towering eucalyptus forests to red-hot deserts and shivering blue glaciers. As our map of Australasia shows, it’s vast. Despite all this, slick coastal cities in Australia and New Zealand have the good life nailed, with envy-inducing cultural scenes and some of the most diverse populations on Earth. Go surfing in Sydney, jump headlong into Melbourne’s live music venues, or bungee from a bridge in Auckland.

Protected areas like the Great Barrier Reef and New Zealand’s Horoirangi Marine Reserve offer world-class snorkelling and diving, while inland, face-to-face encounters with kangaroos, koalas, kiwis and crocs are a real possibility. Don’t know your Merlot from your elbow? Take a tour of the region’s vineyards, or give it all up for a week of no-nonsense relaxation. Dreamy, low-slung Pacific islands are just a flight or boat ride away.

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Top places to experience Maori Culture in New Zealand

New Zealand has a special kind of allure. Its vast and beautiful natural landscapes are a big draw for visitors, as are its famous cities and many cultural fest…

14 Feb 2019 • Jessica Cropper insert_drive_file Article
Exploring Australia's rainforests

Exploring Australia's rainforests

Australia has it all covered: the big blue Great Barrier Reef, the Red Centre, white and golden beaches, but often visitors miss out on a huge part of the coun…

14 Jan 2019 • Kirsten Powley insert_drive_file Article
Golden Bay, New Zealand: A serious alternative to Abel Tasman National Park

Golden Bay, New Zealand: A serious alternative to Abel Tasman National Park

At the far north of New Zealand’s South Island, visitors flock to the Nelson Tasman region to hike and kayak in spectacular Abel Tasman National Park. The tur…

22 Nov 2018 • Rachel Mills insert_drive_file Article
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