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Christchurch city centre tram New Zealand

How to spend a day in Christchurch. The perfect itinerary!

Christchurch is a must-stop destination on a tour of New Zealand. The largest city in the South Island, it’s home to nearly 400,000 people – and it’s remarkably vibrant and varied. While many people choose to stay over and spread out their visit, its also small enough that you can see its highlights in a single day. Here are the things you shouldn’t miss out on when visiting Christchurch. (more..

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8 beaches in Australia you would want to visit

The amazing beaches are one of the best reasons to visit Australia. Offering golden sands bathed in brilliant sunshine, these are the ultimate destinations in which to become a beach bum. But where are the finest beaches to savour in this vast, enigmatic continent? (more…)..

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What to do in Bay of Islands – Top Recommendations from the Experts

Three hours’ drive or a 35-minute flight north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands is a subtropical paradise encompassing 144 islands as well as numerous charming villages including Kerikeri, Russell, Paihia and Opua. A mecca for water sports lovers, the Bay of Islands attracts visitors from all over the world to marvel at its stunning scenery. But this isn’t just a place to see and be seen: there’s p..

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The best chocolate shops in Melbourne

Chocolate is a soft spot for the vast majority of people, and Melbourne has a particularly fine selection of chocolatiers and cafes. There are endless things to do in Melbourne for first timers, but making time to sample some of the delicious treats deserves to be high up on your list. Below are just a few of the many fantastic chocolate shops in Melbourne that you’ll want to visit on a trip to th..

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The cultural differences between Australia and New Zealand that you should know

It’s all too easy to lump Australia and New Zealand together – they’re in the same part of the world and the people have similar accents (though no self-respecting Aussie or Kiwi will thank you for saying so). But they’re also a world apart, and not just because New Zealand’s temperate climate and verdant landscape bear little resemblance to Australia’s searing heat and awesomely desolate Outback...

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Waitemata harbour night sky line Auckland

9 unmissable free attractions in Auckland

Auckland isn’t just New Zealand’s largest city – it’s also the most diverse, the most multicultural and the most interesting. There’s so much to see and do that you’ll feel spoiled for choice – but if your budget is starting to feel stretched or you simply fancy a change, here are a few cost-free ideas to take you off the beaten track.  (more…)..

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UNESCO World Heritage sites in Australia you simply have to see

Australia is one of the most remarkable places you could ever hope to visit. The only country that’s also a continent, it’s unimaginably vast and packed with wildlife you simply won’t find anywhere else. It’s also home to no fewer than 19 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Here are just a few of our favourites. (more…)..

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Traditional Australian Damper

Experience 6 alternative Australian foods

There’s no doubting that Australia is a top gourmet destination – producing great food and wine alike. This is one of the many fantastic reasons to take a trip down under, with endless Australian cuisine to try and taste at every stop. As with every country, Australia does have its national favourites that aren’t necessarily gourmet, but are worth a try if you get the opportunity. Part of visiting..

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Bring your dream of swimming with dolphins to life in Australia

Dolphins have always held a unique fascination for us. One of the most intelligent creatures on earth – in fact, some scientists argue the most intelligent, human beings included – they are also one of the most sociable, and for many people swimming alongside them is a lifelong dream. As the experts in Australia, we can make that dream come true. But what are the best locations in Australia to enc..

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Clifton 4th Beach Cape Town South Africa Sunset

8 Cape Town restaurants the locals really love

Cape Town may have been in the news recently for its water shortages, but this amazing, vibrant city is as far from a culinary desert as you can imagine. In fact, it’s home to some of the most celebrated restaurants on the continent, making it a remarkable gastronomic as well as cultural destination during your tour of South Africa. Here are just a few of the cool places where the locals love to h..

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