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Vineyards in Marlborough, New Zealand

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Australia and New Zealand are defined by their ability to offer something unique that you can experience with our top 10 things to do during your personalized trip.

The accessibility of diverse destinations helps ensure unparalleled experiences as you discover beautiful cities, cruise through fjords, explore intrepid deserts, lounge on beaches, or hike through Middle-arth. Journeying across these surprising islands could take a lifetime, but even the shortest vacation will allow you to fulfill your wanderlust.

From a rhythm that quickly unveils its magic to uncovering a lost world, our list of unique experiences offers a fraction of the experiences that will ignite your imagination during your Australia and New Zealand tour.

Overview
  1. 1. Raise a Glass to Sumptuous Wine-growing Regions
  2. 2. Glide above Majestic Landscapes on an Aerial Scenic Tour
  3. 3. Find Excitement in and Around the Water
  4. 4. Embrace Isolated Islands
  5. 5. Discover the Ambiance of Geothermal Activity
  6. 6. Indulge in Sand and Sea
  7. 7. Witness Wondrous Wildlife
  8. 8. Wander Through the Incredible Scenery
  9. 9. Enjoy the Thrill of Winter
  10. 10. Follow the Scenic Route
  11. Experience the Top Things to Do in Australia and New Zealand

1. Raise a Glass to Sumptuous Wine-growing Regions

Winery on Kangaroo Island, Australia

Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia

Admire the stunning natural surroundings as you tour legendary wine regions like the Barossa Valley in south Australia and Margaret River in western Australia.

Between having your senses awakened by rich reds and crisp whites, discover sea lion-ruled beaches, sandstone city avenues, and fine organic cuisine, whether in New South Wales’s Hunter Valley or New Zealand’s Central Otago region.

Best Wine Regions to Visit: Swan Valley • Barossa Valley • Hunter Valley • Central Otago • Nelson • Hawke’s Bay

2. Glide above Majestic Landscapes on an Aerial Scenic Tour

Fox Glacier in New Zealand

Fox Glacier in New Zealand

A helicopter or hot-air balloon ride from which you can gaze down at reefs, fjords, mountains, and beaches creates unforgettable memories.

Australia and New Zealand offer excellent opportunities to appreciate the scale of their expansive landscapes and diverse coastlines from above, and they combine the aerial experience with breathtaking landings on isolated glaciers, open plains, stunning mountaintops, and remote beaches.

Best Places for an Aerial Tour: Great Barrier Reef • Fox Glacier • Milford Sound • Bay of Islands • Uluru • Broome • Atherton Tablelands

3. Find Excitement in and Around the Water

Colorful corals in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Along the diverse waters of New Zealand you can photograph the perfect reflection of snowy mountains and lush forests, or discover a love for adrenaline as you venture into cold waters to cage dive with sharks.

In Australia you can dip into the transparent waters of tropical seas in search of rainbow-colored coral and fish, or enjoy pristine, white-sand beaches that reflect the world’s natural splendor.

Whether looking for unique marine life or explosive colors, exciting excursions or unforgettable activities, you can embrace the excitement found in the unique marine life as you wander through Australia and New Zealand.

Best Places for Water Activities: Great Barrier Reef • Lord Howe Island • Ningaloo Reef • Stewart Island • Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve • Tonga Island Marine Reserve

4. Embrace Isolated Islands

Koalas in a tree in Victoria, Australia.

Victoria, Australia.

Islands isolated from the rest of the world are always going to be home to inimitable wildlife.

From whales passing along the shoreline to joeys nurtured in pouches, New Zealand and Australia's wildlife is sensational for respectful visitors.

Koalas quickly showcase their indelible charm as kangaroos hop and skip across open expanses of iconic bushland, while volcanic sands and dappled light demonstrate unseen tropical paradises.

Best Islands to Visit: Rakiura • Waiheke • Chatham • Kangaroo Island • Whitsundays • Phillip Island

5. Discover the Ambiance of Geothermal Activity

Pohutu Geyser in Rotorua, New Zealand

Pohutu Geyser in Rotorua, New Zealand

New Zealand’s North Island bubbles with volcanic activity, with geothermal jets spurting from Rotorua's geysers and sending boiling water across colorful prehistoric rocks.

Nature’s uncontrollable domination of Australia is rarely better exemplified as you explore hot springs and thermal pools with crystal-clear waters.

From bubbling mud pools to visits with Maori communities who practice traditional cooking techniques, the naturally heated waters are a stunning surprise for visitors and locals.

Best Places for Geothermal Activities: Rotorua • Tongariro National Park • The Blue Mountains • Innot Hot Springs • Mornington Peninsula

6. Indulge in Sand and Sea

Whitehaven Beach in the Whitesunday Islands, Australia

Whitehaven Beach in the Whitesunday Islands, Australia

With sensational surf, gorgeous waters, and stunning beaches, Australia and New Zealand provide marvelous escapes that demonstrate the diversity of each country’s landscapes and ecosystems.

Bask on white-washed coastline that feels like fine powder, uncover secluded islands that look out over crystalline seascapes, and embrace tropical ambiances or mountainous backdrops.

When visiting Australia and New Zealand you are spoiled for choice with beaches that encourage you to lounge in the sunlight or take to the waters for a thrilling adventure. Each country has the perfect beach for any kind of traveler.

Best Beaches to Visit: Whitehaven Beach • Bondi Beach • Wineglass Bay • Noosa Main Beach • Awaroa • Moeraki • New Chums Beach

7. Witness Wondrous Wildlife

Dolphins in Kaikoura, New Zealand

Kaikoura, New Zealand

Witnessing wildlife in its natural habitat is an exhilarating experience and Australia and New Zealand provide plenty of opportunities to discover animals enjoying the freedom of the wilderness.

Search for kangaroos on open plains. Scour jungle terrain for signs of cassowary. Listen to the impressive orchestra of barking seals or the captivating crash of breaching whales.

Whether at the coast or deep in the heart of the landscape, you can experience an authentic safari experience in both countries.

Best Places for Wildlife: Rottnest Island • Kangaroo Island • Daintree Rainforest • Great Barrier Reef • Kaikoura • Otago Peninsula • Paihia

8. Wander Through the Incredible Scenery

Hiking Kings Canyon in Australia's Northern Territory

Kings Canyon in Northern Territory, Australia

Nature reveals itself on a grand scale in Australia and New Zealand, and the best hiking or cycling trails can immerse you in the untouched splendors of both countries.

Mountain passes, celebrated coastal routes, and wildlife come to the fore when hiking or cycling along trails on which you can uncover a new perspective on how the landscape informs local life and culture.

Connect with small towns or venture into the depths of the wilderness on marked trails. Find delightful vineyards or indulge in epic panoramas. Australia and New Zealand have a variety of trails perfect for all levels of outdoor travelers and each will inspire you to explore and experience nature at a slower pace.

Best Places for Hiking and Cycling: Abel Tasman Coast Track • Mount Gower • Kings Canyon Rim Walk • Tongariro Alpine Crossing • Hauraki Rail Trail • Queen Charlotte Track • Rottnest Island • Great Ocean Road

9. Enjoy the Thrill of Winter

Skiing the Remarkables in New Zealand.  Photo courtesy of Destination Queenstown

Skiing the Remarkables in New Zealand. Photo courtesy of Destination Queenstown

Australia and New Zealand are a wonderful duo for winter adventures from June to August, the Southern Hemisphere’s cold months. The thrills of the slopes can take center stage or the simple joys of cozying up by the fire while looking out over a snowy expanse can immerse you in the delightful ambiance of mountain passes and countryside charms.

Find the right activity for you, with options including snowboarding, skiing, sledding, or even ice skating, all with remarkable views of beautiful winter landscapes.

Best Places for Winter Sports: Falls Creek • Mount Buller • Queenstown • Whakapapa • Coronet Peak

10. Follow the Scenic Route

Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia

Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia

Australia and New Zealand are famous for their natural beauty. A scenic drive celebrates untouched landscapes across the expansive interiors or long stretches of coastline as you travel at your pace.

A scenic drive ensures the journey is the destination. As you travel, you can uncover coastal karsts or secret beaches, charming plains or distinctive towns. The Fiordlands may glisten with crystal-clear waters and glaciers may glint in the distance.

The geological features and vibrant ecosystems have shaped the respective landscapes with distinctive properties that result in unique experiences.

Best Scenic Drives: Great Ocean Road • Sea Cliff Bridge • Nullarbor • Milford Road • Gateway to Paradise • Great Coast Road

Experience the Top Things to Do in Australia and New Zealand

Man inside the Te Ana falls in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Te Ana falls in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Australia’s vast and untamed land immediately captures the imagination, yet its otherworldly attractions are easily accessible.

New Zealand’s unique geological formations expand definitions of natural beauty, while Australia's natural diversity immerses visitors in grand size and scale.

Both countries serve up an intimacy that sweeps from volcanic landscapes to artistic aesthetics. Spend more time enjoying your trip with a travel specialist who can design your perfect vacation around your schedule and preferences. Find inspiration for your next trip with our Australia & New Zealand Tours.

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