In Australasia, the only thing that outshines the landscapes, wildlife and wildernesses are the warm welcomes you can expect from its people. Discover bustling cities and barren outback in Australia. Explore bubbling volcanoes and palm-fringed beaches in Fiji and French Polynesia. Witness alpine grandeur, ancient rainforests and Maori culture in New Zealand. You can swim, snorkel, sample award-winning wines or simply while away the hours in a hammock, book in hand, not another soul in sight. Australasia is vast: your options truly are as endless as the terrain.
Face to face with a lion fish. Last night’s opera lingering in your ears. Eucalyptus oil merging with the blue haze from the mountains. The dry, punishing heat of the outback.
Australian cities are second to none and whatever your preferences, there’s a city to suit. Sydney is home to world class coastlines. Melbourne is arty and fashionable with a fantastic food and drink scene, while Perth is all laid back chic and beautiful beaches. The wine is another very good reason to visit. Barossa Valley produces seasoned, full-fruited wines that pick up all the hints of the climate’s extremes and burst with character. As you explore the area, you’ll find it’s not just about the wine – you’ll also find a whole foodie culture spread out in small boutique eateries.
When you’re ready for the beach, join the sun-kissed crowds at Bondi. Check out the surf, or discover the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. The more you explore, the more intense the contrasts. From the sparse, inhospitable landscapes of the Kimberley coast, Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land, to ancient rainforests, rivers and tropical islands. Wherever you go, you’ll find one thing remains constant: people are always down to earth.
New Zealand is nature on a grand scale. Filled with forests, mountains, lakes, beaches and fjords it’s uncrowded, unassuming and utterly unforgettable.
As you tramp through the abundant native forests you’ll think of Canada and the American Northwest. And then, waving your way through the fjords, geysers and boiling mud you’ll be sure you’re in Scandinavia. Look closely though, and the truth is revealed. Much of the flora around you is particular to New Zealand.
The word ‘Maori’ means ‘ordinary’, but the friendliness shown by New Zealand’s natives is something else. Everybody seems down to earth, happy to help, and as soon as you’re out of the cities people have time to stop and talk.
The South Island, the larger of New Zealand’s two main landmasses, is home to the Southern Alps including New Zealand’s highest peak, Mount Cook. On its coast, Christchurch, the Garden City, now has a modern, modish feel. In the southwest you’ll find Queenstown, a city designed to produce adrenaline. You can ski, jet boat, bungee-jump, mountain bike and hike – and that’s just before breakfast.
The North Island is known for its geothermal wonders, running from Tongariro National Park, through the Maori spirit of Rotorua to the active volcano of White Island in the Bay of Plenty.
Auckland, at the top of the island, is the largest city: a true metropolis and a fine sailing port. Wellington, down south, is the capital and has a more laid-back, slightly Bohemian character.
Imagine an island paradise and you’ll see Fiji. Nestled in the South Pacific, it’s a collection of more than 320 islands, each surrounded by coral reefs and warm azure water.
If you have ever dreamed of your own island escape – deserted white beaches, tropical scenery, coconut plantations and volcanic mountains – look no further than Fiji. Our private island retreats here offer unparalleled levels of luxury and seclusion.
Fijis islands are the stuff dreams are made of. With undersea marvels, pristine reefs, volcanic mountains covered in tropical rainforest rising up from white sandy beaches, untouched mangroves and a fascinating culture.
Life under the water is beyond compare: there are more than 1,500 species of fish and sea creatures unique to these waters. The best way to see them is to take the plunge. Our private islands all offer snorkelling equipment and a PADI certified dive centre so you can get up close with hawksbill turtles and angelfish. With every manner of water-based activity available including stand-up paddle boarding and swimming with manta rays. Off the beaten track, Fiji has lots to offer hikers, birdwatchers, walkers and forest-fanciers. When you’re ready to explore the natural world, the peaks and forests are well worth the trek.