G’day mates! Are you looking to travel the world? Make sure to put the south Pacific on your list. Home to some of the world’s must see iconic destinations, from Australia and New Zealand to Fiji and Africa, you’re bound to find the most exciting vacations await.
Australia is a massive country and continent. When you’re in Australia, make sure to stop by Melbourne and explore the hidden lands and alleyways full of boutiques, cafes and designer shops. In Sydney experience the Sydney Harbour from all sorts of angles with a helicopter ride, bridge climb or a cruise! Head to the Northern Territory and discover the magic of Uluru and Kata Tjuta (both World Heritage sites) while learning about these sacred Aboriginal landmarks. Over in Queensland discover the Daintree Rainforest, a world Heritage site, and explore this beautiful and diverse ecosystem. Don’t forget to visit the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a World Heritage listed site! The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system on the planet- 2,300km long. It is a hugely diverse aquatic ecosystem and home to the ocean’s most fascinating marine life, including more than 20 species considered vulnerable or endangered. Are you ready to get your Australian vacation started? Click here to see some of our handcrafted vacations.
New Zealand is a country made up of two-islands, the North Island and the South Island, both offering loads of exciting things to do and must see iconic destinations to visit. New Zealand’s North Island is home to active volcanoes, island sanctuaries and loads of history. Make sure to immerse yourself in the ever-present Maori culture and learn about the indigenous history of New Zealand. Visit Auckland, where you’ll find a wonderful mix of urban life and outdoor adventure. If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, make sure to make your way to the Hamilton-Wakato region, in Matamata you’ll find the Hobbiton Movie set! Are you a wine connoisseur? Stop by Hawke’s Bay and enjoy the best New Zealand wines! Make sure to spend some time in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, recenty named “The coolest little capital in the world” by Lonely Planet. Here you’ll find a vibrant city renowned for its arts, heritage and culture, as well as its amazing natural beauty. The South Island offers dramatic scenery including towering alps, peaceful sounds, rugged coastlines and sweeping plains. In Nelson you’ll find not just a city but a lifestyle. It’s the sunniest region in New Zealand and offers a diverse amount of outdoor activities including sea kayaking, multi-day walks, or just enjoying the sunshine on the beach or at a vineyard. Make your way to Marlboroguh, New Zealand’s largest wine growing region and home to a world-renowned sauvignon blanc. Here you can visit many different vineyards and wine tastings. Located on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is one of New Zealands must see iconic destinations. Here you’ll find gorgeous scenery, friendly people, amazing golf courses, wineries and loads of outdoor activities. There’s skiing in the winter, bungy jumping year round, sky diving, canyon swining, jet boating, and so much more. Don’t forget to stop by Milford Sound and experience the breathtaking Fiordland region. You can explore from many angles as well- heli tours, cruises and hiking! Want to learn more about New Zealand? Check out some of our handcrafted New Zealand itineraries here.
Fijis is a must see iconic destination in and of itself. It is a sun and water lover’s paradise! From paddle board to snorkeling, nature hikes to renting a scooter to ride around the island, big game ocean fishing or just soaking up some sun on the sand, you’ll find something for everyone. To top it ioff, most non-motorized sports are free of charge. You can also take a day trip to other islands, explore uninhabited islands, enjoy a heli-tour, or take a cruise! If rest and relaxation are what you’re looking for, you’ll find that Spas are a must in Fiji. There are many resorts to choose from in Fiji, click here to check out some of our sample itineraries featuring our favorite Fiji resorts!
Africa is a huge continent, filled with many must see iconic destinations. Abundant with wild, rich experiences you’ll find that adventure and luxury are around every corner. At Kruger and other National Parks the lions, leopards and gazelle are the ones at home—you are the one kept at a safe distance. Off the coast of Cape Town, it’s Great White Territory—you are the one in the protective cage. It’s not your history at Robben Island—you’re there to stand in awe. Africa is a plunge into the authentic and unforgettable. Unique wildlife roaming free, amazing food and wine, and raw thrilling adventure are just some of the amazing things that make up this great continent. Perfect for foodies, wildlife adventurers and culture seekers, Africa is an experience found only once-in-a-lifetime. Walk past the queue at world-class restaurants in the Winelands. Get up close to the Big 5 on safari then kick back in your luxury lodge. Trace Nelson Mandela’s path to freedom from its roots on an island prison, or share a laugh and a beer with a Zulu elder. Want to learn more about Africa? Click here!
The Cook Islands are an iconic destination in themselves. 15 islands make up this region, halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii. Home to beautiful landscapes, idyllic climate, cool blue lagoons, and fresh pure air, you’ll think you’re in paradise. Perfect for a relaxing vacation or a romantic getaway, the Cook Islands will help you escape everyday life. Interested in some of our favorite Cook Island resorts? Click here.
Home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, deep blue seas and amazing reefs, the Maldives is one of the top must see iconic destinations. Here you’ll find a blend of heritage, culture and modern living. It’s the perfect place to sit on the beach and watch a sunset with a cocktail in hand. Marvel in the geography and wondrous marine life swimming just feet away from you. The Maldives is made up of nearly 1200 coral islands, forming a ring of atolls that spread over 90,000 square kilometers of the Indian Ocean. With over 3000 coral reefs in the Maldives and crystal clear warm water, you’ll find yourself in paradise among the fishes. Check out some of our favorite Maldives resorts and activities here.
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