Australia or New Zealand – Which Should you visit?
If you are planning a South Pacific Vacation, visiting Australia and New Zealand is a must. Our most popular vacations include both destinations. But if you can only visit one or the other, how do you choose which destination is right for you? It is pretty impossible to say which is more stunning. Here is some information about what makes these countries stand apart.
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Climate & Landscape
Bondi Beach, Australia
You will find the most stunning landscapes in the world in both Australia and New Zealand. Australia is about 30 times larger than New Zealand so trying to see the entire country in one trip is more difficult. Australia has many different regions; Tropical in the North, the cities are located on the coasts, but most of Australia is fairly dry. There are mountains here and you will see snow in the winter time in the mountains of Australia.
New Zealand is much more greener and mountainous. You will see glaciers and mountains that make it a beautiful landscape. The weather in New Zealand is wetter than Australia. The ocean affects the weather so it is more temperate than Australia. If you want to lounge on the beach in warm weather, Australia is more suited for you. If you prefer climate that is less warm and want more mountains, New Zealand is your best bet.
Tourism & Expenses
Australia tends to be more expensive than New Zealand. The major cities like Sydney and Melbourne are more expensive than smaller cities like Perth and Adelaide. Australia has a larger tourism industry than New Zealand so it will be easier to find hotels during the high season. New Zealand tours and hotels book quickly during the high season, so you want to make sure you plan ahead.
When traveling to either Australia or New Zealand, you will experience plenty of landmarks and must see destinations. Since Australia is larger, there will be more to see, but that doesn’t mean New Zealand isn’t full of bucket list items! Some ideas for Australia are the Sydney Opera House, Harbor Bridge visit Melbourne, which makes the list of the world’s most livable city. Take a drive on The Great Ocean Road, travel to the Red Centre of the country to experience Uluru/Ayers Rock, Alice Springs and see the real Outback. Don’t miss the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world!
Milford Sound, New Zealand
In New Zealand see the Southern Alps, Milford Sound and Franz Josef Glacier. Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful spots on earth. On the North Island visit Rotorua filled with thermal pools, hot springs, and geysers. Check out Auckland and it’s twin harbours.
Queenstown, New Zealand
You won’t be disappointed for outdoor activities in either country. Choosing just means knowing what each country is known for. Australia has lots of beaches and islands, you can snorkel, scuba dive, see wildlife or surf.
New Zealand isn’t as well known for beaches like Australia is, but there are beaches and surf like in the Bay of Plenty. You will find plenty of hiking and outdoor adventure here. If you want adventures, Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world. Try bungee jumping, zip-lining, sky-diving, and hiking.
Bottom line: If you are traveling to the South Pacific, and can spend at least 3 weeks, visit both! Keep in mind, while you can explore much of New Zealand in about 2 weeks, Australia is so vast, so pick an area you want to explore so you can enjoy your time there without feeling rushed.
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