Australia and New Zealand: going down under in the Land of the Kiwis!

While Australia and New Zealand are extremely popular tourist destinations, they also have so much to offer when it comes to exciting adventures, thrilling sports and amazing natural beauty! So when you have a chance to experience the very best that they have to offer, why not make the most of it!

Spend a couple of days in New Zealand and explore its most charming cities and unique sights. Start off with some unique insight with a Maori cultural show, a great way of truly experiencing the heritage and culture of New Zealand. Or simply unwind in Rotorua, famous for its hot springs, sulphur pools and the best insight of Maori culture you can ever get. After that, if a relaxing vacation is what you’re looking for, then simply wander through the Wellington Botanic Gardens, a vast tract of native forest that includes an international plant collection, a rose garden, and a landscaped area — complete with duck pond, playground, sculptures and a café or explore the amazing sights of Queenstown, the action capital of the country. With plenty of outdoor activities and sports (bungee jumping is the most popular, amazing restaurants, and the best nightlife in New Zealand, it’s definitely a must-visit. You can also hang out in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, complete with great architecture, amazing character, fantastic nightlife, restaurants, and cultural activities, explore the famous land of Hobbiton, where you will be transported right onto the sets of the movie, or explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves in sheer darkness with nothing but the glow of glowworms to guide your way, as you float down rivers and jump over waterfalls and watch the “starry sky” in the cave.

For the more adventurous at heart, grab this rare chance to hike Franz Josef Glacier, one of New Zealand’s most popular spots, or hike the naturally beautiful Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Labeled the best one-day hike in New Zealand, this walk takes you through volcanic terrain, near high peaks, and sulfur lakes before finishing off in a dense forest. So while it sounds quite strenuous, it’s definitely an amazing experience for adventure junkies.

Having experienced the best of New Zealand, gear yourself up for the sights of Australia. Dive the Great Barrier Reef and explore the sheer expanse of marine life. If diving isn’t your idea of fun, then get a hold of boat and go snorkeling or just sail the beautiful blue waters. Continue this beach adventure with Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island and a popular place to go camping, swimming and hiking.

If you’re seeking a more relaxing tour of Australia, then stop off in Brisbane, the business capital, or explore Sydney, Australia’s largest city with a wide range of activities to keep you busy. Climb the Sydney Harbor bridge, surf in Bondi Beach, party in King’s Cross, sail across the harbor, visit the Opera House, and take in world-class innovation at Darling Harbor. Once you’ve gotten your fill of this inspiring city, chill out in Melbourne as you relax by the river, walk through the gigantic city gardens, eat amazing food (Melbourne is the food capital of Australia), jam out at amazing rock concerts, and party in St. Kilda. It’s definitely not without reason that this city is known as the party capital of Australia.

For the serious adventure lovers, you absolutely cannot leave without exploring the Australian Outback. Discover your own adventure as you come face-to-face with crocodiles and explore the valleys, lakes, national parks and the red desert. Surf the Gold Coast, with its world-class waves, huge beaches, and lots of available lessons. If not the Gold Coast, then you have your pick of Noosa, Byron Bay, Bondi Beach, Perth, and plenty more in this land of beaches. If you’re looking for something off the beaten path though, then Tasmania is a destination that doesn’t quite get its due credit. Quite a unique option, it has amazing hikes, beautiful bays (Wineglass Bay being the most famous), small towns, and excellent people and is just a ferry away from Melbourne.

Viren Batra, CEO & Co Founder of nirvana excursion saidAustralia and New Zealand have so much more to offer than what they are known for. Each destination is an amazing discovery in itself, with something for everyone, whether you are a seasoned traveller, or someone who’s just starting out.”

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