This is hardly a sleepy trip. Rather, this is the perfect 12-day adventure for sailing buffs that want to experience the blue waters of Australia, as well as off-road enthusiasts looking to explore via private 4x4s. We’ve got an exclusive beachside permanent tented camp to stay at on sandy Fraser Island, and once we’re north of Cairns, we’ll spend 3 days with Aborigines learning spearfishing in mangroves, amongst other things. While “dreamtime” is a mythology central to indigenous Australian society, we’re pretty sure you’ll want to be wide awake for this trip.
Highlights: Sleep under the stars at a remote cattle station, zip over dunes in a 4x4 on a remote sand island, sail from island to island through the Whitsundays on a maxi yacht, spearfish and cook what you catch with Aboriginals, make your own Aboriginal artwork, learn about life in remote communities with a local host.
New Zealand is the perfect place for adrenaline and activity, and there's nowhere in the country more suited to that than the South Island. On this two-week trip, cover the ground (or water) by sea kayak, boat, bike, and on foot. Explore Abel Tasman National Park, Hike the Routeburn Track, glide along the waters of Milford Sound and take two wheels through the Rail Trail in Central Otago. If you're not out of breath just from reading all that, then it's time to start packing.
Highlights: Kayak in the waters of Abel Tasman National Park, trek through the wilds of the South Island's national parks, try exhilarating adventures in Queenstown, hike along the Routeburn Track, cross the spectacular Sourthern Alps, cycle along the remote rail trail in Central Otago.
Highlights of New Zealand (ONAC)
Two weeks is barely enough time to thoroughly explore your hometown, let alone a place as fascinating as New Zealand. For adventurers on a tight time-budget, this 15-day trip wraps up the must-dos of both islands with a nice little bow. Check out the Coromandel's gorgeous beaches, hang with the Maori in a traditional village, walk the black sand beaches of Kaikoura, and get your adrenaline fix in Queenstown. Consider this your New Zealand Starter’s Kit.
Highlights: Check out a hot water beach, attend a Hangi in Rotorua, eat fish and chips on the beach like a real Kiwi, let loose in Queenstown, cruise around the fjords of Milford Sound, travel famous scenic rail routes