Travelling to Australia or New Zealand is considered a huge part of any traveler’s to-do list, but with so many places to see, things to experience and so many beautiful natural wonders, it can be difficult to know where to start!
If you’re an avid traveler, or you’re thinking of heading down under, then look no further. Here you’ll find the lowdown on some of the best things to do in New Zealand and Australia.
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Explore all your favorite movie and TV sets
Both Australia and New Zealand are the stunning backdrops for some of the world’s biggest TV shows and silver screen hits. If you wanted to explore the setting of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit franchises then look no further than Matamata – the village of Hobbiton – Wellington – which is where famous scenes in the River Anduin, the Gardens of Isengard, Rivendell and Osgiliath Wood (to name but a few!) were filmed.
Many tour operators have specially tailored tours which include detailed excursions, rambles through the rough and ready countryside and so much more – just be sure to check reviews and prices before you travel.
And what about Australia? Well, if you fancy visiting the set of Neighbours then head to Melbourne! Or what about Home and Away? Then take a plane and head to Sydney’s Northern Beaches – don’t forget to take lots of pictures!
Explore the Great Barrier Reef
At over 1,500 miles in length, explorers, travelers, and holidaymakers alike have all been fascinated with the Great Reef ever since its discovery by Captain Cook. With thousands upon thousands of different species of aquatic and marine wildlife to discover – why not take a snorkeling or diving trip and view the Great Barrier Reef in all its wonder.
Various tour operators offer different experiences, depending on what you want, you can really get up close and personal with the Reef and its inhabitants or stay by the shore and observe nature from the sandy beach instead.
Visit Sydney Harbour Bridge
Affectionately known as the “Coat Hanger” to Sydney’s residents, the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge is both beautiful and majestic, and a must-see for those who want to see Australia’s landmarks. The only way to experience the bridge? On foot of course! Don’t expect much of an experience if your shooting by in a cab! Make it a “must-see” on your visit Down Under!
Take a trip to Bondi Beach
Because every traveler needs to visit an iconic beach, right? Make the beautiful white sands and crystal-clear waters of Bondi the top of your list! Bondi’s water has an average temperature of 21 degrees and is described as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches! If you’re feeling adventurous then why not hop on a surfboard and catch a wave or two?