It’s a question which stumps many travellers when planning their global adventures – Australia or New Zealand? With each fascinating country offering so many unique opportunities, it can be an almost impossible task picking between guided tours of Australia and New Zealand. However, we hope to make your decision easier with a rundown of what each has to offer.
If a taste of the city life is what you’re looking for when you travel Australia and New Zealand, here’s what to consider. A trip to Australia provides many opportunities for city adventures with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane amongst the biggest. With an almost limitless choice of activities, the Australian cities will ensure you’ll never be bored. However, if the fast-paced, bustling nature of city life is not what you’re after, New Zealand may provide a calmer alternative. Auckland and Wellington (New Zealand’s two biggest cities) still offer many opportunities for travellers but are combined with a more relaxed lifestyle.
No matter which you choose between New Zealand and Australia, you are guaranteed to be spoilt with jaw-dropping scenery. Any ‘Lord of the Rings’ fans will already be familiar with the staggeringly beautiful New Zealand landscape. The breath-taking mountains, gorgeous glaciers and tranquil lakes are hard to ignore when planning a dream holiday. However, Australia is certainly not without its fair share of natural beauty. If beaches are your thing, it has them in bucket loads! As well as glorious, golden coastlines, you can take in the sights of the vast outback, the Australian jungle and the world-famous Great Barrier Reef.
Many people who plan trips to Australia and New Zealand seek out adrenaline-filled activities. If this includes you then New Zealand is the obvious choice. There are fewer places in the world which offer this range of high-quality adventure sports in such awe-inspiring locations. The problem lies in choosing between them. Sky diving, white water rafting and bungee jumping feature amongst the most popular. Not to be outdone, Australia boasts a similar variety of adventure sports with Sydney offering a scenic skydive.
A trip to either of these nations provides you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in their indigenous culture. If you choose Australia, a wide range of Aboriginal experiences are on offer including visits to indigenous communities. In a similar way, the New Zealand Maori culture is a major draw for visitors. There is a huge range of experiences on offer that allow you to learn more about the indigenous history.
If you’re planning a trip to Australia or New Zealand in the summer, both countries are pleasantly warm and sunny. However, in the winter the weather can be cold in areas of New Zealand and southern Australia.
After reading through our rundown you may be left thinking ‘How can I possibly choose between them?’ If this is the case, there is an obvious solution – choose both! A New Zealand and Australia combination tour allows you to take in the best of both worlds. As you travel from Australia to New Zealand it is important you plan ahead. It may be worth your while to research further before booking your trip to Australia and New Zealand. Whatever you decide, we doubt either could ever disappoint you.