Australia & South Pacific Trips

Connected by the Tasman Sea, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Australia and New Zealand are two sides of the same coin – but the differences are endless.

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Spectacular scenery and proud people

Don a snorkel and swim among the sea life around the Great Barrier Reef, feed kangaroos in a nature reserve, witness the thunderous spray of blowholes in Paparoa. And sail around Milford Sound, one of the most spectacular fjords in the world.

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History and culture

Australia and New Zealand each boast proud indigenous people. The Aborigines are thought to have inhabited Australia for up to 65,000 years, and the Māori originated in New Zealand from the latter half of the 13th century. 

You'll get to visit and interact with the modern day members of these noble races, learn their customs and enjoy special performances reflecting their respective cultures and histories. Discover how a certain gemstone is a precious symbol to the Māori. And learn a little about the Aborigines’ restorative and medicinal qualities of 'bush tucker'.

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Natural wonders

Where on earth can you find some of the most spectalcular landscapes? In Australia and New Zealand, naturally.

Both countries are blessed with natural landmarks and geological features that are world-renowned, including Australia's Great Barrier Reef which is visible from space and with an ecosystem all of its own. Ayers Rock, or Uluru, is a huge monolithic slab of sandstone which, depending on the time of day, switches through a spectrum of colours from terracotta to anthracite. If Ayers Rock is Australia's geological must-see, then Milford Sound must New Zealand's finest natural spectacle. The fjord land is possessed of stunning coastal scenery, dazzling peaks and dark, inky-blue waters. Experience the raw potency of nature and its intrinsic beauty at Wai-O-Tapu – here the landscape bursts with colour as a result of the explosive geysers, searing mud pools and volcanic zones that permeate the area.

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Amazing creatures

Both countries are home to a fascinating abundance of creatures, many of which can only be found in this part of the world. Kangaroos, koalas, wombats and wallabies are all native to Australia, and the species most associated with New Zealand is the flightless kiwi bird. 

The two countries are dotted with national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and nature reserves, not to mention many natural habitats. You'll get the opportunity to observe first-hand the amazing array of animal species and even get to interact with some of them.

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We've pulled together and answered some of our guests' most popular questions. Here you'll find everything you need to know – from who you'll be travelling with to whether tips are included.

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