Over 250 locations across New Zealand were used as the stunning locations for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film trilogies, and New Zealand’s dramatic scenery is every bit as breathtaking in real life as it is in film. Start with a visit to Hobbiton (Matamata), where you can walk around the Shire and visit the film set. Queenstown is another great place from which to explore the fiords, lakes, mountains and cliffs used as locations in the film, including Isengard, and the Misty Mountains. For an unforgettable experience, take a helicopter tour to see ‘Middle Earth’ from above. This is the best way to capture the spectacular panoramic views and to feel the awesome power of nature.

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New Zealand offers year round sun and pleasant temperatures, perfect for sightseeing, exploring and relaxing. Most locals take their holidays during the height of summer (December and January) so you may find attractions slightly busier then, but it’s still possible to escape the crowds even during peak times. Spring (September to November) is a wonderful time to visit, when the islands are very green and beautiful and the spring flowers are all in bloom. Autumn (March to May) is also great with pleasant temperatures and slightly fewer crowds.


Whether you’re interested in wildlife, rock art, photography or local culture, don’t miss the chance to explore the breathtaking horizons and open skies of the real Australia. Breathtaking Uluru (Ayers Rock) is best viewed from the air on a helicopter tour, or by early morning hot air balloon ride. You’ll have panoramic views of the outback bushland bathed in the dawn light, which is certain to remain with you forever. If heights aren’t your thing, you can join a motorcycle or 4WD outback tour, but make sure you also get out on foot to appreciate the vast open spaces, and the ever-changing colour of the rocks against the sky.
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With a characteristically laid back vibe, Australia’s beachside cities offer plenty of places to eat, drink, and relax. They also boast an eclectic mix of colonial architecture and modern buildings, and a great way to explore them is to wander around on foot. Don’t miss a boat cruise on Melbourne’s Yarra River or a visit to Brisbane’s south bank district. As one of the world’s most exciting and diverse culinary destinations, with influences from Europe, South East Asia and beyond, you’ll also find Australia boasts some of the best cuisine anywhere in the world. This combined with wonderful wines makes Australia a gastronome’s delight. Whether you choose to explore Perth’s suburbs or Sydney’s iconic harbour, you’ll find Australia’s cities diverse, exciting and unique.


One of the seven wonders of the natural world, The Great Barrier Reef is said to be the only natural phenomenon that can be seen from space. Stretching more than two thousand kilometres along the Queensland coast, its star attractions are under the water’s surface, and include tropical fish, sharks, whales and a huge variety of coral. As well as diving, snorkelling and swimming, there are a range of other experiences that allow you to get up close with the marine life without actually getting wet. From glass bottomed boats to sailing trips with experienced naturalists, hikes along the beaches and even a living coral reef aquarium.


North Island is the more populated of New Zealand’s two islands, and makes a great base for those who want to explore the eclectic mix of culture, history and people. Auckland is a bustling city, which makes a fabulous base for your New Zealand holiday. It’s a friendly, manageable town from which you can explore the rest of North Island, but it’s also well worth spending a few days wandering around and getting to know the Auckland vibe. South Island is the place to be if you want to get out and explore. It’s got a slightly cooler climate and a truly dramatic landscape encompassing snow-tipped peaks and vast glaciers, huge fjords and cascading waterfalls. For gothic charm choose Christchurch, with its pretty buildings and green parks, or for a more tranquil retreat, pick a lakeside resort where you can get out in the open and gaze at the stars during your 5 star holiday.

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AUSTRALIA Australia’s location in the Southern Hemisphere means that the seasons are reversed, with summer taking place between November and February, and winter between June and August. If you're looking to holiday in the April-June months, then Tropical Northern Queensland is ideal. Slightly less developed than other areas of Australia, this location has maintained its distinct regional character and is home to a number of natural wonders. The winter can get fairly cool at higher altitudes and in the south, but it never really gets really cold, so Australia really can be a year round 5 star holiday destination. The size of the country also means it’s subject to climactic variations, with the South generally being colder than the northern territories, although these are not too extreme. Expect bright sunshine, low rainfall and friendly people during your Australia holiday.
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