At Aussie Trip Advisor we often see clients facing serious dilemma deciding whether to include New Zealand in the itinerary along with their Australia trip.
Bottom line; If you're seeing your experiences 'down under' as a 'once-in-a-lifetime' trip, then I'd certainly also include New Zealand.
Whilst there's certainly some 'friendly rivalry' between Aussies and Kiwis, (and especially whenever the All Blacks are playing the Wallabies), New Zealand is also great.
Although, Australia and New Zealand are neighbors, geographically they are much different. Australia is a vast country while New Zealand basically consists of two islands. In our opinion, a complete Australian trip may need a longer vacation than New Zealand. Much glorified by “The Lord of Rings”, sometimes it seems too good to be true how beautiful New Zealand can be. It is also known as the adventure sports capital of the world. However, in Australia you can experience beach, mountains, desert, and rain-forest all in the one place!
Holidaying in both countries can involve lots of outdoors activities. Both countries are a dream with mountains, beaches, exotic animals, and a relaxed 'all-is-good' attitude.
Australia being a vast country, weather varies depending on where you travel. The northern part of Australia has a tropical climate with dry winters and wet summers. The outback and central region is hot and arid. The southern part of Australia usually has cool winters and dry, hot summers. But, on the other hand, New Zealand has a maritime climate across both islands affected by weather conditions at sea. The summers usually hover around mid-twenties. Winters in the North Island are generally warmer with 55-65 degrees F and South Island a cooler 50 degrees F.
Australia is known for its outback, cosmopolitan cities with beautiful beaches, tropical forests and mountains ... and of course, the Great Barrier Reef. The major cities for tourists are Sydney, Cairns and Brisbane on the East Coast, Perth in Western Australia, Darwin in the north, and Melbourne and Adelaide in the south. Australia’s coastline is over 22,000 miles, highlighting no less than 11,000 stunning beaches. You can drive a 4×4 on the beach on Fraser Island, learn to surf in Sydney, or go sailing in the Whitsundays. New Zealand by contrast is famous for its stunning fjords, majestic glaciers, rolling hills, sandy beaches and snow-capped mountains. You can also experience geothermal sites and active volcanoes in New Zealand.
Think of Australia and the first thing that springs to my mind is the wildlife. From fatal creatures like crocodiles, sharks, poisonous snakes, spiders and box jellyfish, to cute, cuddly marsupials like kangaroos and koalas, it's altogether a thrilling experience. You can go shark cage diving with Great Whites in Port Lincoln, snorkel over the largest reef in the world, swim with sea lions on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, or come face-to-face with giant crocodiles in the ‘Cage of Death’ in Darwin. Before humans discovered New Zealand and introduced mammals to the islands, NZ was a land of birds. Given the absence of predators, most of the birds evolved flightless - the Kiwi being the most famous of them all.
Queenstown in NZ is famously known as the adrenaline capital of the world. Here you can indulge yourself in activities like bungee jumping, sky diving, water rafting, jet boating and lots of winter sports.
Australia and New Zealand are both a nirvana for adventure fans. You'll definitely be spoiled for choice in these adrenaline-thrusting destinations. However, a trip to either land Down Under is incomplete without having a barbecue (famously known as a “barbie” ) on the beach!
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