Appearing high on the wish list and in once-in-a-lifetime travel plans, this enchanting part of the world really does have it all. Dramatic mountains, rolling vineyards and lush forests give way to geothermal wonderlands, majestic ice floes and beaches so picture perfect it hard to believe they are anything more than the product of an artist's imagination. Whether it's a first time tour, an extensive self-drive or a world class island escape, this is a region where you can create your dream itinerary and unearth unique experiences, half the world away.
In the Australia tropics we’ll take you to ages-old Aboriginal cave paintings, through World Heritage rainforest, ballooning over mountains and diving in the coral magic of the Great Barrier Reef.
For families there are theme parks, surfing and the wonderful Australia Zoo around the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Sophisticated Sydney is an experience-packed destination and a perfect base to explore further afield.
Sports-mad Melbourne has wonderful food and wine, the Great Ocean Road with its rocks and wrecks, and a Penguin Parade. At magical Uluru, listen spellbound to a startalker deep into the night and find out what life’s like in the harsh Red Centre.
Meet kangaroos on Kangaroo Island off South Australia or stay inland for wine tastings in the famous Barossa Valley. And in Western Australia spot friendly dolphins in the sea and Wave Rock inland, along with astonishing desert and Gold Rush relics.
On New Zealand’s North Island, lush pastures, vineyards, rolling hills and glorious white beaches give way to boiling mud pools and exploding geysers. The Bay of Islands is glorious for cruising.
The South Island’s dramatic mountains, snowfields and glaciers sweep down to mysterious fjords carved deep into the coastline. The capital, Wellington, has a stunning harbour surrounded by rolling hills where people live in steep streets and alleys.
Auckland’s love of the sea shows in its nickname, ‘The City of Sails’. Rotorua’s volcanic activity is a must-see and there are spooky thrills in Waitomo’s glow-worm caves. South Island’s east coast has Christchurch, silvery beaches and pastureland stretching to Mt Cook, best seen by hot-air balloon.
And you must explore fiordland with a breathtaking cruise in Milford Sound. Wine lovers head for Marlborough for distinctive, herbaceous Sauvignon Blancs and delicious bubblies.
Fiji has two main islands and around 300 more, so it’s absolutely perfect for island-hopping and cruising or simply relaxing on white beaches, gazing over a blue sea and up at green mountains.
If French is the language of love, then French Tahiti is the island of love. It could hardly be more romantic, with incredible hotels, delicious food and wonderful scenery.