Our Australasia programme brings you the vast continent of Australia and the intriguing, unique islands of New Zealand. We specialise in seeking out hotels of distinction as well as luxury lodges that make your stay personal; often family-run they are selected for their luxury (of course), their location (treehouse perhaps?) and their cuisine (tasty!). Air travel is easy across the whole region from Western Australia across to Stewart Island off the coast of New Zealand’s South Island but we’d love to factor in iconic rail journeys in scenic comfort along the way – call us to see where your Australasia holiday will begin.
The great continent of Australia is a country of contrasts. A relatively small population on one of the biggest land masses, you can find lots of areas of peace and tranquillity. Most of the population lives within the major urban areas of the south east – from Brisbane in Queensland, via Sydney, New South Wales & Melbourne, Victoria to Adelaide in South Australia. These major cities offer all you expect with top class hotels, fine dining, adventure activities and more.
On the west side of the country is Perth, a stunning city located around the Swan River as it opens into the Indian Ocean, offering a wonderful city experience and some great seaside resorts and golden beaches. We can now also access Perth directly from London; Qantas fly the route every day in about 17 hours. Between the Pacific and Indian Ocean, Australia boasts so much outdoor and natural attractions, you need a long time to visit this wonderful country. The Red Centre is home to famous Uluru (Ayers Rock), Queensland has vast rainforests and the remarkable Great Barrier Reef while the Blue Mountains of New South Wales are easily access from Sydney.
Further on from Australia and you will find New Zealand. A land of such stunning natural beauty, a lot of the country was made famous as the backdrop for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies and its hard to escape that feeling of being in ‘Middle Earth’ whether you are in the rolling green hills of North Island or the sky scrapping Southern Alps on South Island. New Zealand has major cities such as Auckland and Wellington, as well as stunning towns. Head to South Island for a walk on ancient glaciers or a sail around stunning Fjordland while the tallest mountain in Australasia – Aoraki/Mount Cook – sits majestically at the top end of a glacial blue lake in the Southern Alps.
Located in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed in Australasia with summer from December to February and winter hitting during our summer around June, July and August. This means you can travel year-round.
Tropical north Queensland is perfect during the autumn, winter and spring while summer temperatures around the rest of the country are high, especially in the Red Centre so best to visit Uluru in spring.
New Zealand is the same as Australia, with North Island having stunning summers and the winter months bringing powder snow to the Southern Alps for skiing in the likes of Queenstown.
Amazing seafood, New Zealand lamb, Ozzie steaks and their famous barbeques, Australasia caters for everyone whether you want something quick and easy or fine dining. Both countries are renown wine producers.
Visit Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Yarra Valley in Victoria, Barossa Valley in South Australia and Margaret River in Western Australia are just a few located ‘down under’ while Marlborough on New Zealand’s South Island produces some of the best in the world.
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