Australia, New Zealand, and a few neighboring islands make up the part of Oceania known as Australasia, although there are slight variations to its definition. Australia considers New Guinea also to be a part of Australasia while New Zealand only includes Australia and itself as part of this region.
Australasia is a land of contrasts, with snowcapped mountain peaks, stunning beaches, a desert region, and breathtakingly beautiful fjords. It’s renowned for the spectacular Great Barrier Reef which has a myriad of marine life and also for its beautiful islands with their diverse yet unique flora and fauna. The history of this region visible in the rock art of the Kakadu National Park goes back 20,000 years while the gleaming spires of modern cities is a testament to the huge strides towards the future that the region has taken. Its cities are continuously ranked in the top category of the most livable cities in the world, with Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and Auckland making the top cut. It is also home to one of the cleanest cities in the world, Brisbane. Although the indigenous population is a minority in both countries, the Aboriginal and Maori influences are evident in the music, dance, and art.

11 Best Hotels in Auckland

11 Best Hotels in Auckland NZ

Located near the harbor, Auckland is a special city in New Zealand. Nicknamed the ‘City of Sails’, it’s the only metropolis’ and vibrant economy in the country. Apart from outdoor attractions, you’ll also find tons of monuments, museums, and art galleries here. In fact, some of them are the finest in the entire country. In…

11 Best Hotels in Queenstown NZ

11 Best Hotels in Queenstown NZ

Queenstown is often described as ‘the adventure capital of the world’ for its year-round adventures and bungy jumping. The birthplace of bungy jumping has a smorgasbord of activities to offer adrenaline junkies and the not so adventurous. However, this is not all that defines this resort town on New Zealand’s South Island. Built around an…

11 Best Hotels in Wellington

11 Best Hotels in Wellington

As capital cities go, Wellington in New Zealand might not be as large when compared to those of other countries. But despite its compactness, it is jam-packed with history, culture, and natural beauty. From sandy beaches and engaging museums to leafy parks and delicious cuisine, this North Island city has it all. And when it…

11 Best Hotels in Christchurch

11 Best Hotels in Christchurch

Christchurch, with its old-world charm and breathtaking scenic beauty is a popular tourist destination. Acclaimed for its art scene and verdant spaces, New Zealand’s oldest and most populous city sits tucked in the picturesque Canterbury region of South Island. The serene Avon River flowing through the center of this Garden City with a spectacular park along…

Top 11 Things To Do In Christchurch

Top 11 Things To Do In Christchurch

One of the largest cities in New Zealand, Christchurch is known for its breathtakingly beautiful parks, gardens, and old historical buildings. However, in recent years the city has been the unfortunate target of a natural disaster. Two massive earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 resulted in the demolishment of almost 80% of its buildings in the…

Top 12 Things To Do In Wellington

Top 12 Things To Do In Wellington

New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington is located on the southern end of the North Island between beautiful steep hills and the ocean. Because of its diverse ecosystem, visitors can be climbing up a mountain, going to coffee tastings, touring boutique vineyards, and sailing near the coast all in one afternoon. Wellington Cable Car 1…

10 New Zealand Road Trips You Should Take

10 New Zealand Road Trips You Should Take

Not only does New Zealand offer some breath-taking views, but by traveling by car, you can benefit from roads that are easy to drive; the traffic is usually at low volumes, which all helps to add to the perfect road trip. If you are planning a holiday to New Zealand, consider one of the following…

Climbing The Steepest Street In The World

Climbing The Steepest Street In The World

Despite popular belief, San Francisco doesn’t have the steepest road in the world (or even in the U.S. for that matter). Of course, what’s defined as “steepest” is certainly up for debate. But, Baldwin Street, located just a few minutes northeast of downtown Dunedin, New Zealand is reputed to be the world’s steepest residential street, according…

Top 11 Things To Do In Queenstown

Top 11 Things To Do In Queenstown

Queenstown, a sophisticated holiday resort set in the magnificent landscapes of the Southern Alps of New Zealand, is probably one of the prettiest places in the world. Lush mountains rising from turquoise waters may seem too good to be true, but you will just have to trust your eyes! Queenstown is the party capital of New…

Top Things To Do In Auckland

Top 8 Things To Do In Auckland

Our visit to Auckland was a learning experience from beginning to end. Tamaki Makaurau as Maori people call it, is a city with singular culture, huge range of outdoor activities, very warm and affectionate people. Most people do not know that Auckland was the capital of New Zealand for 25 years from 1842 until 1865 which led it to become…