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"This was our 3rd vacation with Kensington & was truly fantastic, probably the best to date. The balance of adventures & activities in New Zealand and a restful couple of days in Bora Bora was just right." Iain Campbell, 2012
From cuddling with koalas to pearl farms, Middle Earth, island hopping by helicopter & dining with kangaroos, we’ve got it!
Australia tours have become a popular travel option, and new findings from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development may shed some light on why so many people want to visit the Land Down Under. In its annual Better Life Index, the organization found that Australia is the happiest developed country in the world. This marks the third year in a row it has received the honor.
To compile the rankings, the organization takes a number of factors into consideration ranging from housing and income to jobs and civic engagement. Researchers determined that there is an especially strong sense of community in Australia, with 94 percent of respondents saying they know someone they could count on in a time of crisis - the average is 90 percent. Additionally 84 percent of people said they have more positive experiences than negative ones each day.
With such a happy population, it should come as no surprise that Australia is such a large tourist draw. If you're among the many travelers considering a trip to Australia, you should make a point to spend time in Melbourne. A thriving hub of culture, history and natural appeal, there is plenty to do in Melbourne, but it all starts in Federation Square. Both tourists and locals populate the square, and it is home to numerous shopping and dining opportunities, entertainment options and architectural highlights.
Of course, there's more to do than explore Federation Square. To experience the natural side of the city, Dandenong Ranges is your best bet. An ideal spot for hiking and sightseeing, there are seemingly countless highlights including both Olinda and Sherbrooke Falls and a series of mountains that are well-suited to climbers of all skill levels.
(Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Franz Josef, Christchurch)
Value tour combining the highlights on both of New Zealand's Islands. Visit cosmopolitan Auckland and the cultural heartland of the country, Rotorua - then fly South and take in Queenstown, an alpine resort town set amidst towering mountains and serene lakes. Take in the breathtaking scenery of Franz Josef Glacier and continue by train to finish in Christchurch.
(Sydney, Ayers Rock, Cairns)
A lone didgeridoo echoes across the endless desert landscape as the setting sun illuminates the rich red landscape of Australia’s outback heart. This itinerary includes Australia's true highlights, from the red earth of Ayers Rock to the Great Barrier Reef.
(Waiheke Island, Rotorua, Queenstown)
If you need an adrenaline rush, New Zealand’s natural theme park is for you. See New Zealand from the tops of volcanoes, through the caves of Dart River, while free falling from 12,000ft, or from the top of the original bungee bridge before you make the plunge. Spend the bulk of your time in The 'Adventure Capital of the World' and it is a reputation well earned. Queenstown is the home of adventure in New Zealand, and this tour includes it all. From black water rafting to challenging hikes, bike rides and bungee jumps it has something for anyone seeking adventure.
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