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.
Despite being almost as big as the USA, Australia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Energetic, beachside cities, where most of the population lives, contrast with seemingly limitless expanses of arid wilderness full of unusual geological features, and rainforests teeming with wildlife.
New Zealand – North Island:
The Rotorua district is a marvellous place to get a sense of New Zealand’s North Island.
Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where we’ll show you the flora and fauna that populates this unique environment. Te Puia is the country’s Māori cultural centre, and it’s here you can see the fearsome Pohutu Geyser and more than 500 other geothermal marvels. Our Māori Local Specialist will talk to you about the customs of this proud race and you’ll witness the techniques of traditional Māori woodcarvers.
New Zealand – South Island:
Punakaiki is a delightful resort town on the west coast, caressed by the Tasman Sea. Nearby is Paparoa National Park, renowned for its spectacular blowholes and Pancake Rocks – where you can experience the primal power of nature.
50 miles down the coast is Hokitika, a beautiful little town where pounamu – or greenstone – is prominent. Here, we’ll take you to a workshop for a demonstration of how jewelry is created from this highly-valued gemstone, a Māori symbol of beauty and strength.
Or if you take our trip which visits Fairlie in Canterbury, you’ll be welcomed into a farmhouse by your hosts Angie and Stan. Learn how rural life operates in this part of the world and enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch in their 600-acre garden.
With lush rainforest, palm-lined beaches and its own heart-shaped island, Fiji is paradise. You can’t wander far without hearing its warm locals cry the word bula! – the Fijian greeting for hello, happiness, good health or life. Nor is it hard to miss the powdery white sands of its seven beautiful islands.
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