It may be a long way to travel but Australia and New Zealand offer a quite staggering variety of experiences; both are steeped in indigenous cultural history, offer landscape and scenery to rival anywhere on the planet, a seriously sophisticated food and wine scene and a series of luxury lodges guaranteed to knock your socks off. Step aside 'gap yah' youths, now is the time of the discerning luxury traveller.
The last decade has seen a sudden influx of sophisticated new hotels and lodges in both Australia and New Zealand and 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.
There is also always something comforting when going on holiday to a country that speaks the same lingo, especially when (with no disrespect to our fellow countrymen) most Brits find themselves at the linguistically challenged end of the spectrum. It means you'll have no trouble getting around or interacting with locals, which makes getting to the heart of a place that bit easier. That and the fact that during deepest darkest British winter, Australia basks in glorious (and all but guaranteed) sunshine.
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