GREATEST TRAVEL DESTINATION IN THE WORLD
Renowned for being one of the greatest travel destinations in the world. The major attractions are without a doubt its breathtaking scenery, stunning coastline, crystal clear seas, beautiful green rainforests and the dry red outback. These factors give someone enough of a reason to visit this superb country. Throw in pure beauty of The Great Barrier Reef, the green, mountainous landscapes, superb cities and you can get an idea why Australia attracts thousands of travellers from all around the world.
Combining the lively multinational cities, such as Sydney, amazing food and wine, and distinctive wildlife is what make Australia the perfect destination for any traveller. Throughout the years Australia has developed many luxury hotels and properties, which all provide amazing accommodation enabling the discerning traveller to experience all that this friendly country has to offer. Australia is most likely to appeal to travellers seeking stunning views and wildlife as well as learning about the country’s culture and well being, which is something Australia is perfect for.
Behind the rigorous 21st century movement there is one of the world’s most antique continents and an aboriginal culture which stretches back 40,000 years. Red dirt deserts, tropical beaches, snow-capped mountains and temperate rainforests can all be found here. The image of the country itself is much about the powerful icons such as the Sydney Opera House and Uluru (Ayers Rock) but there is still much more for travellers to discover personally as much of Australia still manages to fly under the radar.
They also house some of the most unique and exotic wildlife species in the world – kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and wombats are the countries ambassadors. The major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, are seen to be the most enticing places to live in the world. The urban Australians always have so much energy and imagination towards the country, developing funky new bars and restaurants across the country. The calendars are also always packed with different sporting events and top-quality performances at the many theatres.
New Zealand is known as one of the most unique and interesting countries in the world and is ranked amongst the leading travel destinations. It is located in the south western Pacific Ocean and is made up of two main islands (North Island and South Island) and is surrounded by a number of smaller ones. The two main Islands have very different geographical features and that is what gives New Zealand its unique landscapes and views for example; Mountains, rivers, lakes, beaches, forests, volcanoes and more.
The total land area of the whole of New Zealand is 268,021km² making it about the same size as the UK, Italy or Japan. Both Main Islands are very long with a total length of 1600 km and very narrow with a total width of 400km. This along with the other islands gives New Zealand the ninth longest coastline of any country in the world with a total length of 15,135km. With the islands being very narrow it means that nowhere is far from the sea, and the ocean plays a huge part in New Zealand’s culture and economy. The South Island has a 33% larger landmass than the North Island so it is often referred to as the mainland as it is home to the Southern Alps; however it only holds 23% of the country’s full population whereas, North Island homes 56% of them.
New Zealand was one of the oldest land masses to break away from the Gondwana super continent 80 million years ago. As a result of this isolation New Zealand has developed a very unique plant and animal life and is free from snakes and other dangerous creatures. The Islands aren’t very mammal dominated because of this isolation and the movement of humans 900 years ago it was completely free of mammals expect those that could reach the island by swimming (seals, sea lions and off-shore whales), or flying (bats and many native bird species).
New Zealand culture is very unique. The culture of its aboriginal Maori people influences the language, the arts and even the accents of all New Zealanders. Their love of outdoors, the different sports they participate in, and the arts make New Zealanders and their culture so unique. This is what interests so many people to travel and explore the culture and well being of this amazing country.
Australia is located in the Southern Hemisphere and therefore their seasons are totally opposite to those situated in the Northern Hemisphere. December to February is summer and June to August is winter. Australian offers very mild temperatures throughout most of the year but this can vary due to the size of the continent. The southern states tend to experience cooler winters whereas, the northern states will typically experience warm weather most of the time. Australia is known to be one of the driest continents in the world with an average rainfall of less than 600 millimetres.
The New Zealand climate overall is fairly mild, without extremes of hot and cold. The average New Zealand temperature will decrease as you travel south. The hottest months are January and February and July is the coldest month of the year. In summer the average temperature ranges between 20-30°C and in winter between 10-15°C. The sea is a strong influence on the weather; the popular westerly wind from the Tasman Sea means the west coast of both islands is usually wetter and colder, with the eastern regions being a lot hotter and drier. The far north is seen to have subtropical weather throughout the summer, and inland alpine areas of the south island can reach temperatures as low as -10°C in winter. The rest of the country tends to have more temperate and mild temperatures as they’re situated by the coast. In New Zealand the temperatures are much cooler the more south you go, which is why Auckland tends to be warmer than Queenstown. But with New Zealand being a relatively small country the temperatures don’t differ that much.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to visit Australia would vary depending on the individual and what they are looking to see. The country is very large and throughout the year has a wide climate change with some states being hotter and colder than others.
Summer is December to February, which is a great time for tourists to get outdoors; you could swim Sydney’s beaches or hike Tasmania’s Overland Track. Autumn starts in March and ends in May and is the season of fiery foliage in Canberra and the season to see the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne. Winter is from June to August and at this time you can go snow skiing up in the ‘Australian Alps’ but can also choose to take a sunny winter break and go snorkelling in the temperate Great Barrier Reef or 4WD through the Simpson Desert in South Australia. Lastly the spring is from September to November and at this time you should watch for whales and wildflowers and explore the wineries of Western Australia’s Margaret River Region.
Referring to the different cities within Australia the weather can differ quite a lot. In Sydney you can see 340 sunny days a year as it is located in Australia’s temperate zone. However Melbourne has very changeable weather throughout each of the seasons; with very warm summers, mild spring and fall seasons and cool winters, with temperatures reaching an average of 57F.
New Zealand is beautiful all year round no matter when you visit. You should always consider the purpose of why you are travelling this would then help you to choose the time of when to travel. If you are looking for a summer holiday to explore the culture and views of the country, the warmest months in New Zealand are usually January and February; however like anywhere else the weather can vary a lot and can become slightly unpredictable especially at the end of a season. if you are looking to go on a ski holiday, most ski resorts open in June but some might open slightly earlier. The most popular locations for skiing are Queenstown, Cardrona and Mount Hutt on the South Island.
Health & Vaccinations
We would recommend that you check with your doctor before travelling to make sure you are up to date with the usual vaccinations – Hepatitis A & B and Rabies. You should speak to your doctor about what medicines and health you should pack for your trip to Australia. A Yellow Fever vaccination is required for travellers aged on year or older who are arriving into Australia within six days of staying in or transited through countries with risk of Yellow Fever Transmission.
We would recommend that you check with your doctor to make sure you are up to date with all the usual vaccinations before travelling – measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), yearly flu shot, Hepatitis A + B. You should also ask them for any recommendations on what medication to take on your travel but you should check with the New Zealand customs as they have strict restrictions on bringing medication into their country.
Passport & Visa
To be able to travel to Australia, British citizens need one of the two types of electronic visitor visa. You can either have the Visitor Visa which is obtained direct from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection and has no visa application charge or service fee or you could also get an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), which you can obtain from your airline: This also has no visa application charge but does come with a service charge of A$20.
For entry into Australia your passport must valid for the proposed duration of your stay. The Australia authorities have confirmed they will accept British passports extended by 12 month by British Embassies and Consulates under additional measures put in place in mid-2014. You also must check the entry requirements within any countries you are transiting through, as many countries only permit entry if you have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport.
Your Passport should be valid for a minimum period of 1 month from the date of exit from New Zealand. The New Zealand authorities have confirmed they will accept British passports extended by 12 months by British Embassies and Consulates under additional measures put in place in mid-2014.
The immigration rules in New Zealand are very strict, especially on employment. Anyone wanting to work within the country will need a visa which allows them employment.
British passport holders can now enter New Zealand as a visitor for up to 6 months on arrival without needing visa, providing you can satisfy an Immigration Officer that you meet the requirements of the immigration rules. Visitors to the country must have an onward ticket, for more information on this you can contact the New Zealand High Commission in London.