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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!
Enjoy the pristine wilderness, exotic wildlife and the timeless luxury in Australia’s Rose Gums Wilderness. Australia tours to the resort in Tropical North Queensland offer travelers an eco-friendly and sustainable retreat in gorgeous handcrafted treehouse suites overlooking the unspoiled environment. The award-winning resort doesn’t lack on modern amenities, despite its natural surroundings.
Situated near Wooroonooran National Park on 230 acres of Australian forest, Rose Gums Wilderness is made up of nine timber tree houses with large windows that allow visitors to live amongst nature, even in the most lavish of accommodations. Enjoying a cup of coffee or a nighttime cocktail on spacious, private wrap-around porches is as serene as it gets.
During the day, travelers have many options to suit their needs. Plenty of private freshwater swimming holes are refreshing during the day to quickly cool off from the hot Australian sun, or visitors can jump in at night for a romantic dip under the stars.
A romantic getaway to Rose Gums isn’t complete without viewing some of the area’s exotic creatures. Kangaroos, wallabies, and flying foxes are among the various species in the region. One highlighted animal is the platypus. These web-footed, furry monotremes are often seen in Australian rivers and streams. Travelers heading to the wet tropics located nearby may find a Musk rat-Kangaroo, which is the smallest kangaroo in the world. These little critters are similar to possums, and generally keep to themselves, but can occasionally be seen nestled up in a pile of leaves.
Rose Gums Wilderness is home to 12 endemic species as well, including the Australian Brush-turkey, Chowchilla and Tooth-billed Bowerbird. Birds in the area are easy to hear and see all year round, making the region ideal for bird watching in the forest, or from a treehouse room. Many species of the area have vibrant colors and unique calls.
Known for its environmental care and eco-tourism, Rose Gums Wilderness Resort did not cut down trees to build the resort, and the buildings take full advantage of the environment around it. The retreat is situated perfectly to blend into its surroundings, and uses nature to make the resort more comfortable. For example, the natural flow of rainwater is used to keep the resort cool during the summer months. The resort staff have planted 20,000 trees since 1995 and continue to preserve the area by eliminating weeds.
(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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