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A visit to Australia combines the convenience of modern amenities with incredible scenery and a proud indigenous heritage.
A natural hub for an Australian journey generally begins in Sydney. Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbor, seductive outdoor lifestyle and great natural beauty. Kayak under the Sydney Harbor Bridge or wave at the Opera House as you ride a ferry across the harbor. Lose yourself in the cobblestone cul-de-sacs of The Rocks or in the markets, boutiques, cafes and pubs of Paddington. As well as a world-famous harbor and more than 70 sparkling beaches, Sydney offers fabulous food, festivals and 24-7 fun.
Away from the coasts lies the Outback, the parched desert that makes up the majority of the Australian continent. Ayers Rock rises from the flat plains of the Northern Territory with an otherworldly presence. Ayers Rock is a deeply spiritual place with a powerful presence and holds a special cultural significance with the local Aboriginal people.
Australia's natural splendors don't end there. One of Australia's most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef, is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world's largest coral reef. It is renowned for offering some of the world’s best diving and snorkeling. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays and hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with sun-soaked, golden beaches. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
The culture of its indigenous Māori people affects the language, arts, and even the accents of all New Zealanders. Their love of the outdoors, sports, and the arts make them and their culture unique in the world.
From mountain peaks to rolling plains or deep fjords, the landscapes of New Zealand display incomparable beauty. More than half of the country is protected as national park or reserve land. Each area is home to its own special treasures and offers a different experience.
Natural wonders are abundant with dense forests, volcanoes, majestic peaks, scenic fjords, sunny beaches, and bubbling geothermal pools
Fiordland is one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand, world. The Fiordland National Park showcases dramatic wilderness on a grand scale. Waterfalls tumble into pristine, forested valleys, sheer-sided fiords slide gracefully into the sea, rare native birds and sea creatures go about their lives in a near-perfect world.
Rotorua is a place that provides an entirely different experience. Geysers of steaming water roar from the ground. Pools of bubbling mud gurgle. In geothermal fields around Rotorua, steam rises from placid lakes and flowing streams. Extinct volcanic craters provide the vessels for Rotorua's crystal lakes.
New Zealand’s main cities of Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown are friendly with an abundance of fresh cuisine, Maori heritage and an energetic culture.
Auckland: New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city offers natural wonders along with a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping. Auckland is a shopaholic's paradise, with everything from top-end designers to open air street markets. You’re never far from the water in Auckland. Take a relaxing harbor cruise, a fishing charter, go whale and dolphin spotting, kayaking or surfing.
Christchurch: There is nowhere else in the world where within two hours of an international airport you can ski at a world class alpine resort, play golf, bungee jump or go rafting, mountain biking, hot-air ballooning, wind surfing, whale watching, and visit world class wineries and gardens.
Wellington: New Zealand's capital, Wellington, is sandwiched between green hills and the waterfront. The city's top tourist attraction is the Te Papa Museum. From the heart of the waterfront south are streets lined with restaurants and cafes.
Queenstown: The town sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu. The lake and mountain landscape make it suited to all kinds of adventure. There’s skiing in the winter and activities such as bungee jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting all year round. If hardcore adventure isn't your thing, there are plenty of mellow options available. Experience one of the many walking & hiking trails, sightseeing tours or indulge yourself with spa treatments, boutique shopping and excellent food and wine.
The friendly, professional service at Alpha Travel and extensive knowledge of Australia and New Zealand, allows us to create a truly rewarding vacation experience.