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Australasia. The name alone immediately conjures up images of vast landscapes of deep red earth, undulating green vistas and cerulean seas, all set against an endless cobalt sky. In a region so far from the United Kingdom it's easy to understand its draw: travel to the ends of the Earth, and you will be rewarded. Australia's modern cities are slick, sophisticated and cosmopolitan, packed with fashionable shops and some of the world's most up and coming restaurant scenes. Then there's the magnificent coastline: a rocky range of outcrops, bluffs and beaches, culminating in the east with the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. And not forgetting the interior, of course – where else is more stereotypically Australian than the hulking, ochre mass of Uluru?
In New Zealand – Middle Earth at end of the world – you'll encounter a population unencumbered by the trappings of western lifestyle, happy to embrace the great outdoors and all its glacier-capped, pasture- swathed, lake-dappled glory. There's a good reason this small, unassuming duo of islands is known as the adventure capital of the world – you can throw yourself off, in and down practically anything.
This corner of the planet is also home to one of Earth's most beautiful nirvanas – the islands of the South Pacific. The Cook Islands, Fiji and Tahiti are the stuff of office-workers' daydreams. Powdery soft beaches, wave-lapped shores and diving that beggars belief. Here you can wallow in lagoons resembling an artist's palette of blues and greens, before gorging on the freshest produces from the seas. It's well worth the long flight.
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Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands are a wonderland of natural spectacles, from the Great Barrier Reef and majestic fjords to brooding volcanoes and a kaleidoscope of underwater colours. Yet the region also boasts proud native cultures and pockets of cosmopolitan verve, and only A&K knows how to reveal these countries in all their splendour.
Australia is the world's largest island and is like a nowhere else on earth: a place where an ancient past melds with hyper-sophisticated cities and natural wonders. New Zealand is a spacious country with a dramatic landscape that belies the humble slither on the map, New Zealand's unique Maori heritage, charming cities, outdoor pursuits and world-class food and wine make for a real breath of fresh air. Holidays to Fiji let you experience the cultures and areas that make this extraordinary country one of the most desirable luxury destinations in the world. Tahiti and the Cook Islands preserve the romance of the South Seas, offering visitors the chance to soak up island culture and landscape and relax in total comfort.
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
Nights: 13 | from £4,803
Australia is a vast land of no-nonsense, bold-and-beautiful, sun-drenched diversity, ranging from glamorous Sydney Harbour to the ruby-dusted Red Centre. However, it’s possible to combine some of the country’s most wildly contrasting, yet equally iconic, destinations in one two-week trip. Find out more
Nights: 5 | from £2,860
The world’s longest fringing coral reef is a snorkeller’s dream, just metres from the shore and bustling with colourful anemones, sea turtles and even the biggest of fish – the mighty whale shark. Explore the spectacular submarine world of Ningaloo and nearby red-rock gorges from a luxurious eco-camp, and contrast with the sophisticated city of Perth. Find out more
Nights: 7 | from £720
Australia’s classic road trip passes legendary surf breaks, lush rainforest and the mighty rock stacks of the Twelve Apostles – but the Great Ocean Road is just the centrepiece of a self-drive adventure linking the cosmopolitan cities of Adelaide and Melbourne, wildlife haven Kangaroo Island and southern Oz’s finest wineries. Find out more
Nights: 7 | from £3,550
Australia’s ‘Apple Isle’ has more than its fair share of delicious food and wine, from punchy pinot noirs to fresh seafood and slow-ripening berries – plus the talented chefs to create cuisine almost as spectacular as the views. Feast on the best of gourmet Tasmania on a luxurious self-drive tour taking in Launceston, Freycinet and Hobart.
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Nights: 19 | from £7,220
Hit the open road in New Zealand, a country of spectacular highways, perfect for self-drives. A three-week trip from Auck-land to Queenstown crams in geothermal pools, gourmet food, glassy fjords, playful dolphins, Maori culture and plen-ty of adventure. Find out more
Nights: 14 | from £4,270
In two tantalising weeks it’s possible to combine Australia’s most gorgeous and gregarious cities with the Great Barrier Reef, the incomparable Red Centre and a wealth of wine and wildlife encounters too. Find out more
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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.
Read about our lastest experiences in our Travel Blog pages.
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