Australia-and-New-Zealand:-Antipodean-delights

1-3,Sydney

Stroll through Australia’s best loved city. Its Opera House is instantly recognisable by people the world over; its beloved Harbour Bridge the backdrop for New Year fireworks and climbers year round. Take a ferry across to Taronga Zoo or travel out to Bondi Beach to surf or swim in this city that values the outdoors as much as its indoor attractions.

3h10m to Cairns

4-5,Cairns

Make Cairns your base for exploring the colourful corals of the Great Barrier Reef. This charming city is also the jumping off point for the ancient Daintree Rainforest or lakes, craters and lava tubes of the Atherton Tableland.

0h31m to Palm Cove

3h10m to Cairns

6-7,Palm Cove

Escape the hustle and bustle at Palm Cove, a beach town renowned for serenity and seclusion. Seize the opportunity to catch giant trevallies and mackerels or stroll along the “paperbark” tree-lined promenade. Close to both reef and rainforest, Palm Cove's luxurious resorts are ideal for those looking for the essential Australia package.

0h31m to Palm Cove

4h30m to Auckland

8-9,Auckland

Sail away into the sunset in New Zealand’s largest city, known as the City of Sails. Landlubbers will enjoy the city’s thriving social scene, boutique shops and historic neighbourhoods. Climb the Sky Tower for a bird’s eye view of Auckland and its dramatic setting, overlooked by ancient volcanic cones and surrounded by islands.

2h51m to Rotorua

0h35m to Rotorua

10-11,Rotorua

Explore the geothermally active landmarks of the Rotorua region, the highlight of which is the spectacular Pohutu geyser which erupts into a thirty metre column of steam with impressive regularity. Nearby, visit the eerie Craters of the Moon park lost in the mist or atmospheric Orakei Korako with its plopping mud pools and kaleidoscopic rivulets.

5h36m to Wellington

1h15m to Wellington

12-13,Wellington

Stroll along Wellington's famous waterfront promenade, where you can enjoy sampling delicious seafood and some of the many excellent local wines Wellington manages to perfectly balance small town charm and capital city attitude.

5h44m to Picton

1h15m to Wellington

14-15,Picton

Schedule a visit to the picturesque seaside town of Picton, the South Island hub for ferry services that link New Zealand’s two main islands. Take a guided dive in the Marlborough Sounds or head to Queen Charlotte Sound, where you can visit underwater shipwrecks and reserves thronging with marine life.

2h14m to Blenheim

1h15m to Wellington

16-17,Blenheim

Enjoy an outside-the-box beach day at Blenheim with the addition of whale watching and the opportunity to swim with dolphins. Declared New Zealand's sunniest town but known locally for its many excellent vineyards, Blenheim is a favourite not only of in-the-know wine buffs but also water skiers, fishing aficionados, and kayakers.

3h56m to Christchurch

0h50m to Christchurch

18-19,Christchurch

Step back in time to a city that feels almost English but is Kiwi through and through. Regeneration after the devastating earthquake has brought a plethora of pop ups: museums, restaurants and arts projects. When you’re done with the city, ride the TranzAlpine train across picturesque Arthur’s Pass to open up a landscape of lakes and mountain peaks only New Zealand can deliver so accessibly.

5h45m to Queenstown

0h55m to Queenstown

20-21,Queenstown

Come alive in the adrenaline capital of New Zealand, the birthplace of the bungee jump. Queenstown provides the perfect base for an adventure holiday in the Southern Alps with the country’s best skiing and snowboarding destinations just a stone’s throw away.