7 Weeks Travelling To New Zealand & Australia

7 Weeks Travelling To New Zealand & Australia - My Favourites

Written By: AlyT

My Favourite Countries

Australia
Australia

Australia boasts unique nature and wildlife and is the perfect place for anyone looking for adventure. Whether it's travelling through the outback, trekking through rainforest in one of the many national parks or meeting koalas and kangaroos for the first time - the land "down under" is waiting for you!

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New Zealand
New Zealand

New Zealand consists of two islands in the Pacific Ocean; boasting beautiful unspoiled landscapes, and countless opportunities for outdoor adventure activities. Add the country’s interesting Maori culture and lovely cities and you have found your perfect holiday destination!

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Thailand
Thailand

Thailand is an amazing beach destination offering rich traditions and lots of fun! There are beautiful shrines and temples, national parks, rainforests, and coral reefs waiting to be explored! Whether you want dreamy beaches, lots of party or a family vacation – Thailand offers it all!

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Singapore
Singapore
Includes: Singapore

Singapore is an island city-state consisting of the main island and 62 islets. It is known for glitzy hotels, great shopping opportunities and fine dining. But there is so much more to it! Once only a stopover destination, it has developed into a famous urban highlight attracting thousands of visitors every year.

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My Favourite Cities

Sydney
Sydney

Known for its world-famous Opera House and magnificent Harbour; Sydney is one of Australia's largest and most exciting cities. Get lost in its sprawling metropolis, visit the beautiful coastlines or get out on a tour of the surrounding mountainous landscapes - this city has something for everyone!

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Melbourne
Melbourne

Melbourne - arguably Australia's most popular city, is a melting pot of culture, arts, and alternative lifestyles. From the huge array of restuarants and cuisine on offer, to the stylish and abundent nightlife options; this city will steal your heart. With so many things to do and see, you may just never leave!

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Singapore
Singapore

Singapore is an island city-state consisting of the main island and 62 islets. It is known for glitzy hotels, great shopping opportunities and fine dining. But there is so much more to it! Once only a stopover destination, it has developed into a famous urban highlight attracting thousands of visitors every year.

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Queenstown
Queenstown

Set upon the shores of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand; Queenstown is an adrenaline junkies dream! This quaint town combines picturesque natural surroundings and an endless number of extreme sports. From bungee jumping to snowboarding, and mountain hiking to jet boat rides - Queenstown has it all!

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Auckland
Auckland

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, and arguably the only true metropolis of the country. Set upon two large harbours; Auckland is often referred too as the "City of Sails" for its close proximity to the water. Here, locals enjoy a rich and diverse way of life, and they're waiting to tell you all about it!

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Bangkok
Bangkok

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, famous for the ornate shrines scattered throughout the city and of course, its vibrant and exciting party scene! Filled with bustling marketplaces and local street food, Bangkok is a melting pot of culture and ancient history. Find true beauty hiding within the fields of chaos.

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Christchurch
Christchurch

Christchurch has bounced back from its devastating earthquake of 2011 to become the funky, cutting-edge tourist destination that it is today. Sitting on the doorstep of some of the most naturally beautiful sights on earth, this city has so many things to do and see it’s just crazy to try and list them!

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Rotorua
Rotorua

Rotorua is a small town on New Zealand's north island, well-known for its Maori tribes and geothermal wonders. Discover the amazing cultural traditions of the locals, admire Mother Nature’s most amazing natural sights, or partake in adrenaline activities that will make your hair stand on end for weeks!

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Whitsunday Islands
Whitsunday Islands

Scattered through the turquoise waters of the Coral Sea; the islands of the Whitsundays are heaven on earth! Right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, this tropical paradise provides some of the best snorkelling and diving on earth, and a multitude of water-sports and activities for alll to enjoy.

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Milford Sound
Milford Sound

Described as the eighth wonder of the World by Rudyard Kipling, Milford Sound is New Zealand’s premier tourist attraction. Upon entering the sound you’re surrounded by sheer cliffs 3,900 feet (1,200 meters) high, carved by glaciers, rising dramatically from the dark waters.

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Phillip Island
Phillip Island

For most visitors to Victoria, Phillip Island means one thing – penguins! People have been coming here for decades to watch the little penguins return from their day at sea as dusk falls over Summerland Beach during what is known as the Penguin Parade.

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Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach

Seven kilometres east of the city is Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach. Shaped like a shallow boomerang, locals flock to its soft sands to swim and surf. Pubs and restaurants line the street opposite, and there are great cliff top walks, too!

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Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road
Includes: Twelve Apostles

The Great Ocean Road begins 100 kilometres from Melbourne and continues along the beautiful coastline of Victoria; views of the coast are superb and the surfing is heaven! The towns and villages offer picturesque stops along the way, with terrific dining, or head to the national parks to enjoy the rainforests and wildlife.

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Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach
Includes: No Attractions Have Been Set Up For This Destination

Alive with tourists - Airlie Beach is the electric gateway to the world-famous Whitsunday Islands. The surrounding area is full of things to do and see, which makes it a popular destination amongst travelers, given its proximity to the amazing Great Barrier Reef, tropical rainforest and pristine islands!

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Taupo
Taupo
Includes: No Attractions Have Been Set Up For This Destination

Taupo, a small town near the centre of New Zealand's north island, can only be described as one of the most picturesque natural beauties on earth. Find hot-springs and freshwater lakes, volcanic mountain ranges and never-ending untouched landscapes - it's simply amazing. Discover true beauty today!

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Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu
Includes: No Attractions Have Been Set Up For This Destination

Located on the South Island of New Zealand, the majestic and picturesque Lake Wakatipu draws people from all over the world to its shores. As one of the biggest lakes in the country, Lake Wakatipu is home to any number of fun activities; from jetboating to kayaking, to fishing, and even just relaxing at the waters’ edge, there is no shortage of ways to enjoy the serenity of the region. In addition, several of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations can be found at the edge of Lake Wakatipu - including Queenstown and The Remarkables Mountain Ranges - so finding a suitable place to experience this natural splendour should be an easy task!

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Kaikoura
Kaikoura
Includes: No Attractions Have Been Set Up For This Destination

A gorgeous seaside destination, Kaikoura is located on the South Island, offering easy access to various parts of the region, as well as a number of amazing activities to do during any length of stay! The peninsula location also makes it wonderful for watching wildlife!

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My Favourite Attractions

Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef

It is impossible to overstate the beauty of this Australian icon. It is truly one of the world's most amazing wonders and is a "Must See" destination when travelling to Australia. Legions of corals and fish are spread over thousands of kilometres of coastline, and the area is dotted with nearly 1000 islands. Of course, there is fishing and diving, as well as the tours, so no matter your age, make sure you experience it!

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Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is an Australian icon in the hub of vibrant Sydney, surrounded by the bustling harbour, the famous Harbour Bridge, and only a few steps away from the historic ferry terminal, Circular Quay. Admire the architecture of the Opera House, watch the cruise ships glide into the dock, and then stroll to one of the many restaurants for a bite to eat.

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Famous for its geothermal activity, and just a 30-minute drive from Rotorua, is one of the best displays of geysers and muds pools, the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland! Make sure you catch the Lady Knox Geyser Show at 10:15, and meander along the walking tracks taking your time to see these colourful and diverse natural attractions. They have been thousands of years in the making – enjoy them all!

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Queenstown Skyline Gondola
Queenstown Skyline Gondola

Bob’s Peak towers over Queenstown, and the gondola, the steepest in the southern hemisphere, provides a picturesque trip to the top of the mountain. Magnificent views of Queenstown and The Remarkables await, and you can also view the tour boats gliding across Lake Wakatipu. Take your time enjoying the landscape as you have a meal and drink at the restaurant and café. For even more fun, have a go on the luge ride at the mountains’ peak!

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TranzAlpine Train
TranzAlpine Train

Take a full day tour on the TranzAlpine Train, to see and experience the rugged beauty of New Zealand. Departing at 8:15am, this train crosses the Canterbury Plains, traverses the Southern Alps and reaches the west coast town of Greymouth. Take advantage of the open-air carriage for photos and capture the vast expanse of the countryside. Explore this historic gold mining town before commencing your return journey at 2:15pm, arriving back in Christchurch at 6:30pm.

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Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsunday Islands is famous for its silky white sand, lapping waves, and magnificent rainforest backdrop. It is truly pristine, and at 6 kilometres long, crowds are not a problem! Take a day trip from the mainland and combine a trip to the beach with a stop off on one of the island resorts. Why not make it an extra special day, take a seaplane!

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Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)
Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho)

Just a ten-minute walk from the Grand Palace, don’t miss a visit to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), one of the oldest Buddhist Temple complexes in the country. The main attraction is the statue from which the temple takes its name; decorated in gold leaf, forty-six metres long and fifteen metres high, it is nothing short of awe-inspiring! As you explore the rest of the complex, you will also see many other additional statues, as well as beautiful architecture throughout. The temple is the also the birthplace of traditional massage, and sessions can be booked at your leisure!

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Grand Palace
Grand Palace

The most famous and popular landmark in Bangkok is the Grand Palace, a stunning complex of temples and buildings with beautiful architecture and awe-inspiring decorations. Dating back to the late 1700’s, this complex has been the official residence of the monarch, and is still used today for many important ceremonies. As you explore the many buildings and the gardens, make sure you visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and see the expertly crafted Buddha carved from jade!

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Fiordland National Park
Fiordland National Park

New Zealand at its most stunningly beautiful, you’ve arrived at Fiordland National Park - stunning, beautiful, unique and iconic - these words do not do it justice - it must be experienced! The wildlife abounds, with penguins, seals, sea lions and dolphins that ride the wake made by the tourist boats as they glide along the waters. Take the four-day Milford walk, kayak, horse ride or fish – there is just so much to see and do!

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The Remarkables
The Remarkables

Viewed from Queenstown, The Remarkables look majestic, but also fearsome. But just a 40-minute drive and you arrive at the ski field, a family friendly location where you can walk, and hike, and of course ski. Watch the professional skiers or join in at a level that suits you. There are snow-sports schools for those wanting an introduction or refresher course, but remember, it’s all about having fun!

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Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge is the most iconic attraction in Sydney, knick-named "The Coathanger" because of its design. Stroll over the bridge capturing magnificent views of the Opera House and the harbour, or book the popular "BridgeClimb" to get the best possible view of the city. If you're lucky enough to be in Sydney on New Year's Eve, the fireworks on the bridge are an absolute must!

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Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour is both beautiful and hard working. Sit for a while and just enjoy the beauty of this harbour and watch the bustle as ferries, cruise ships and sailboats travers the magnificent blue waters. Take a stroll; you're on the doorstep of so many things to see including the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and the historic "Rocks" area of the city.

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Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

When you visit the Grand Palace and explore the grounds, don’t miss a visit to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This temple is the most important Buddhist temple in the country, and houses the magnificent Emerald Buddha (Phra Kaew Morakot), carved out of solid jade. Dating back to the fourteenth century, the statue’s cloak is changed three times per year to bring luck to the country!

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Shotover River
Shotover River

The Shotover River is for thrills and adrenaline seekers! Famous for its jetboat rides, you’ll speed and spin your way along this magnificent river for the experience of a lifetime. Want something without the motor but just as exciting? Whitewater rafting may be for you! Still want more? Go bungy jumping! Shotover River is the mecca for adrenaline sports and activities - you’ll remember this day for a long time!

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Raffles Hotel
Raffles Hotel

A visit to the iconic Raffles Hotel is a must for everyone visiting Singapore. Order the famous Singapore Sling cocktail in one of the many bars, or if a more sober fare is your preference, make sure you try the High Tea! Take in the grandeur of the colonial era of Singapore and visit the museum, before perhaps having a meal – or another cocktail!

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Sydney BridgeClimb
Sydney BridgeClimb

As Australian as the bridge itself, the Sydney BridgeClimb is like a “rite of passage” to Australia! Take a “gander” at Sydney from 134 metres above the water and take in all the iconic sights. There are three guided tours, taking from 2 hours for the person wanting the adrenalin rush, to 3.5 hours for those who want to combine the adrenalin rush with an appreciation of the history and engineering of this magnificent bridge.

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MBK Center
MBK Center

If it’s time to do some shopping, the MBK Centre (Ma Boon Khrong Centre) is the place for you. With over 2000 shops and restaurants - spread over eight stories - you can bargain for practically anything, from clothes to electronics. Take your time - you’ll probably get lost in the tangled maze of shops, but just relax and enjoy the vitality of the experience. When you’re finished and want to put your feet up for a while, stop for break and have a meal at one of the multitudes of eateries on offer.

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Auckland Sky Tower
Auckland Sky Tower

A spectacular way to get your bearings in Auckland, you can see for over 80 kilometres from the Auckland Sky Tower! This tower is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and has three viewing levels - make it an extra special day and climb into the antenna mast or even take a tour around the exterior. Enjoy a meal and drink in the revolving restaurant as you complete this “tour” of Auckland.

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Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is all about excitement on the waterfront! Located right in the heart of Sydney, Darling Harbour is filled with bars, restaurants, theatres and museums, all joined by walkways and bridges so you can explore and join in the fun at your own speed. It's quirky, but the "Little Train" travels through this district at a leisurely pace and is an ideal way to look around this hub!

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Watsons Bay
Watsons Bay

Watson's Bay is full of history, and once you arrive be sure to have a wander around, but take our word for it, the real fun is getting there by ferry from Circular Quay! The return trip takes you on a tour of the magnificent harbour, and once you've finished for the day, having enjoyed a drink and a meal, the trip home is direct and fast.

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