A collection of islands ranging in size from continentally colossal Australia to pinpricks in the vast Pacific Ocean, and land masses of all shapes and sizes in between. No other region on earth is so intrinsically defined by the ocean that surrounds it.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Because this neck of the woods is well, well worth the journey
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Where to go in Australasia & the Pacific Islands

New Zealand

New Zealand

Comparable in size to the UK, but with a population of only four million, New Zealand is one of the world's least crowded countries.

New Zealand
Australia

Australia

The vast island of Australia is a country of natural beauty and vivid contrasts, and a big Original Travel favourite.

Australia
Fiji

Fiji

Good things come to those who wait, or at least to those who are prepared to travel to the other side of the globe.

Fiji
French Polynesia

French Polynesia

They may be on the other side of the planet, but the islands of French Polynesia are well, well worth the detour.

French Polynesia
Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is pretty much as close as you can get to frontier travel in this day and age.

Papua New Guinea

What to do in Australasia & the Pacific Islands

Gourmet New Zealand

Gourmet New Zealand

Food glorious food. Gourmet has its very own trip, as New Zealand is full of culinary delights, from fresh seafood to home grown roasted lamb and even great chocolate confectioneries. The country is also rather famously known for its wine; therefore visitors could spend their holiday indulging if nothing else.

Gourmet New Zealand
The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains

Take a trip into the gorges and escarpments of the Blue Mountains, inaccessible to all but the keenest of bush walkers and locals who know their way on the unmarked dirt tracks.

The Blue Mountains
Sydney City Tour

Sydney City Tour

Take a private guided tour around Sydney, seeing all the best features of this fantastic city.

Sydney City Tour

Where to stay in Australasia & the Pacific Islands

Laucala Island

Laucala Island

Question: what do you do when you own a soft drink company worth billions? Answer: buy yourself a dream island in the South Pacific.

Laucala Island
Wakaya Club

Wakaya Club

A forty minute turboprop flight from Fiji lies the private island retreat that is the Wakaya Club.

Wakaya Club
 Eagle's Nest

Eagle's Nest

Set atop a private peninsula overlooking the Bay of Islands, and surrounded by 75 acres of sub-tropical native bush and secluded beaches, Eagles Nest hotel is in a fantastic location.

Eagle's Nest
Treetops Lodge and Estate

Treetops Lodge and Estate

In the heart of the Maori spiritual home of Rotorua, Treetops Lodge and Estate is a delightful haven of peace and relaxation. Surrounded by forest with valley and lake views, the Lodge is equally welcoming of honeymooning couples as of families.

Treetops Lodge and Estate
Hotel DeBrett

Hotel DeBrett

Set in the heart of the fashionable district of downtown Auckland, the contemporary and stylish Hotel DeBrett is the perfect base from which to explore the city’s elegant shops and numerous art galleries.

Hotel DeBrett
Huka Lodge

Huka Lodge

Located on the banks of the Waikato River in 17 acres of parkland, Huka Lodge is the last word in luxury.

Huka Lodge
Cape Kidnappers

Cape Kidnappers

Set high above Hawke’s Bay, Cape Kidnappers Lodge is surrounded by 6000 acres of lush green farmland and rolling hills. The Lodge has panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean and a subtropical maritime climate.

Cape Kidnappers
Wharekauhau Lodge

Wharekauhau Lodge

Set in secluded beauty on the south east coast of New Zealand’s North Island (90 minutes by road from Wellington) Wharekauhau is a luxurious country retreat based on a 5,000 acre working sheep station overlooking the spectacular Palliser Bay.

Wharekauhau Lodge
Greenhill Lodge

Greenhill Lodge

Greenhill offers luxurious accommodation in a tranquil location at the heart of the Hawke’s Bay wine country, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

Greenhill Lodge
Millbrook Resort

Millbrook Resort

This hotel preserves its rich history and natural surroundings, whilst remaining one of the worlds leading five star golf and spa resorts.

Millbrook Resort
Azur Lodge

Azur Lodge

Set on a private hillside above Lake Wakatipu, Azur is a private and tranquil lodge just five minutes drive from buzzing downtown Queenstown.

Azur Lodge
Blanket Bay

Blanket Bay

Located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, this alpine Lodge takes its name from the tradition of sheep shearing on the shores of the lake.

Blanket Bay
Bay of Many Coves

Bay of Many Coves

Accessible only by ferry, the Bay of Many Coves Resort is a true romantic hideaway. Spectacular views of the Queen Charlotte Sound are complimented by the surrounding bush in New Zealand’s sunniest region.

Bay of Many Coves
Claremont Country Estate

Claremont Country Estate

Dating from 1866, Claremont Country estate in North Canterbury is steeped in history. The hand-cut limestone home is surrounded by 2400 acres of farmland and fields which are littered with fossils, rock formations, rivers and gorges.

Claremont Country Estate
Grasmere Lodge

Grasmere Lodge

Grasmere Lodge has evolved from a traditional farm homestead built in 1858 to a sophisticated and tranquil retreat which offers adventures galore.

Grasmere Lodge
Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Lodge

Matakauri Alpine Lodge just outside Queenstown offers a rustic luxury with spectacular scenery and a huge variety of outdoor activities.

Matakauri Lodge
Edenhouse

Edenhouse

On the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park lies Edenhouse hotel, an exclusive and elegant retreat in the Orinoco Valley.

Edenhouse
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is an exclusive safari camp in the white sand dunes of Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park.

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef
Faraway Bay

Faraway Bay

Far away by name and nature, Bruce and Robyn Ellison have made their home in a far corner of the Kimberley coast, one of Australia’s remotest and wildest spots.

Faraway Bay
El Questro Homestead

El Questro Homestead

Set in one million acres of remote wilderness in the Kimberley region, the El Questro Homestead is in a fairly awe-inspiring location, and is a haven for wildlife.

El Questro Homestead
The Henry Jones Art Hotel

The Henry Jones Art Hotel

Housed in a former jam factory on Hobart’s waterfront, the Henry Jones Art Hotel is – as the name suggests – a dedicated art hotel with a collection comprising of over 300 works of art.

The Henry Jones Art Hotel
The Islington Hotel

The Islington Hotel

Dating back to 1847, the Islington is a boutique hotel with the feel of a private home located in the former penal colony of Hobart.

The Islington Hotel
Cradle Mountain Lodge

Cradle Mountain Lodge

Located on the edge of the Cradle Mountain National Park, Cradle Mountain Lodge brings a dollop of luxury into the rugged and mountainous landscape.

Cradle Mountain Lodge
Freycinet Lodge

Freycinet Lodge

Located in the Freycinet National Park, Freycinet Lodge is in a superb location on the waterfront, overlooking Tasmania’s Oyster Bay.

Freycinet Lodge
The Lyall

The Lyall

A contemporary hotel in the fashionable South Yarra district of Melbourne.

The Lyall
Wolgan Valley

Wolgan Valley

In the midst of a 4,000-acre conservancy reserve, Wolgan Valley is an Aussie bush station, but with bells on.

Wolgan Valley
Blue Hotel

Blue Hotel

Located in an old wool and cargo factory, the Blue Taj Hotel combines modern comforts with century-old history, topped off with stunning views of the Sydney Harbour from its wharf location.

Blue Hotel
Capella Lodge

Capella Lodge

World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island is a crescent-shaped sub-tropical island in the South Pacific Ocean, a two-hour flight from Sydney.

Capella Lodge
Four Seasons Sydney

Four Seasons Sydney

With views over the infamous Sydney Harbour - Opera House et al - the Four Season’s location is undeniably good.

Four Seasons Sydney
Paperbark Camp

Paperbark Camp

An authentic bush retreat in the untouched Jervis Bay, and on the edge of three National Parks, Paperbark Camp is the perfect antidote to city life.

Paperbark Camp

Details for Australasia & the Pacific Islands

A little more info

AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

Of the constituent countries, Australia and New Zealand have a particular affinity for UK-based travellers, many of whom have visited before, complete with a backpack and boundless energy on a year-off. The last decade has seen a sudden influx of sophisticated new hotels and lodges in both and while these may not work on a backpack budget, they fit the bill perfectly for the more discerning traveller. Over the last three years Original Travel consultants have visited the best that both countries have to offer, and sampled the many activities (and wines) that make these such special destinations.

FIJI AND FRENCH POLYNESIA

Further east still, Fiji and French Polynesia are close to the perfect desert island destinations, complete with white sand beaches, lush mountainous interiors and crystal clear waters. The problem? The sheer logistics of getting there, and a huge choice of accommodation to wade through to find the place that's right for you.

Katie, Miranda and Rachel are our Australasia & the Pacific Islands experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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