ESSENTIAL AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND BUCKET LIST ITEMS BY US
Follow our lead as we show you all the best places to see in Australia and New Zealand from the buzzing streets of Sydney to the rugged Alps and wineries of Queenstown.
CRUISE ON SYDNEY HARBOUR
If you’re looking for the best Australia and New Zealand cruises, you can’t miss sailing the Sydney Harbour. Kick back and enjoy lunch in the sunshine as you cruise the famous harbour, spotting iconic attractions along the way like the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the stunning city skyline.
EXPLORE THE MAGICAL QUEENSTOWN
Keen to experience the best city breaks in Australia and New Zealand? Queenstown in the South Island is one of our favourite cities, with everything from Southern Alp scenery to adventure sports, onsen hot pools, and world-class wineries and restaurants. We’ll help you get your bearings in this incredible city, then let you discover Queenstown your way.
ADMIRE THE STUNNING MOUNT COOK
Mount Cook, or Aoraki, is a real must see in Australia and New Zealand and you’ll marvel at the snowy peak while you enjoy dinner at the Alpine Restaurant. As the highest mountain in New Zealand, you’re sure to be impressed, and you’ll even get the chance to see it from above with an optional flight-seeing experience.
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND TAILORED BY YOU
You’ll get to tailor your Australia and New Zealand itinerary your way with our range of Choice Optional Experiences. Choose from adventures like white water rafting in Queenstown or snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef.
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LEARN ABOUT THE ABORIGINAL ART & CULTURE IN CAIRNS
From traditional galleries with classic and contemporary aboriginal works on display to ancient carvings housed in nature, Cairns is a perfect getaway destination for Indigenous art fans. Explore the galleries, learn about the aboriginal culture and maybe even try picking up a brush for yourself!
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SEE MOTHER NATURE ON SHOW AT GEOTHERMAL ROTORUA
Bubbling mud pools, sky-high geysers and steaming, hissing earth make Rotorua a must-see volcanic wonderland. New Zealand sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and there's nowhere better to experience the full force of Mother Nature than here.
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CATCH A WAVE OR TWO WITH A SURF LESSON ON BONDI BEACH
A trip to Sydney isn't complete without a visit to iconic Bondi Beach, and Costsaver makes you feel like a true blue local thanks to their surf lesson experience. Have fun learning how to catch a wave or simply enjoy the views of the beach and beyond from the water. It's guaranteed fun with plenty of laughs!
WHAT TO EAT & DRINK IN AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
From the sizzling barbecues, freshest seafood and finest wines, to the weird and wonderful desserts, Australia and New Zealand food is simply delicious.
CRAYFISH AND FRESH SEAFOOD
With thousands of kilometres of coastline, it’s no wonder Australia and New Zealand have some of the best seafood in the world. From the classic fish and chips, to barbecued prawns, you’ll have a blast sampling all the different seafood. Don’t forget to try the crayfish in New Zealand… It’s mouthwatering stuff.
HOKEY POKEY ICE CREAM
Calling all ice cream fans! You’ll love the Hokey Pokey flavour in New Zealand, made with plain vanilla ice cream dotted with small lumps of sweet, caramel-y honeycomb toffee. The locals gorge on millions of litres of Hokey Pokey ice cream, and it’s the perfect treat to enjoy on a hot summer’s day… Or any day.
While no one can quite agree on whether pavlova originated in Australia or New Zealand, we do know that this unique dessert is delicious. It’s made with whipped egg whites that are baked until chewy on the outside and marshmallow-soft on the inside, and topped with everything from whipped cream to fresh berries. Light and sweet, it’s just like Anna Pavlova, the Russian ballerina it was named after!
WHEN IS BEST TO VISIT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
Wondering when to visit Australia and New Zealand? Whether you want to hit the beaches in summer or catch the snow in winter, Down Under is the place to be 365 days a year.
BEST TIME TO VISIT AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND FOR BEACHES
Whether you want to swim, snorkel or lounge on the sand, the golden summer months of December to February are the best time to soak up the beaches of Australia and New Zealand.
BEST TIME TO VISIT AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND FOR WINTER MAGIC
Ready to hit the slopes? New Zealand gets ski-worthy from June to October, while parts of Victoria and New South Wales in Australia also get snowfall in the winter months.
BEST TIME TO EXPLORE AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND’S ICONIC SIGHTS
If you prefer to avoid the heat of summer and the chill of winter, autumn (March to May) and spring (September to November) are the best times to visit Australia and New Zealand.
PACKING TIPS FOR AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
HOW TO TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY IN ASUTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
Respect indigenous cultures
When you visit Australia and New Zealand, It’s important to learn about the history, customs, stories and sacred sites of the indigenous peoples including the Māori people and Aboriginal Australians.
Support the local communities
If you’re looking for a great meal or some authentic souvenirs, be sure to stop by the locally-owned restaurants and shops. You’ll meet the friendly locals, support local businesses and get to know the real Australia and New Zealand.
Be kind to the environment
You can help care for Australia and New Zealand’s beautiful environment by never leaving any food or rubbish behind, staying on the marked paths in national parks, and avoiding touching or feeding wild animals including sea life and live coral.