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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!
From its unparalleled natural diversity to its thriving cultural centers, there is a long list of reasons to go on a tour of Australia, and the country will soon add another attraction to the list. Builders recently announced plans to construct a skyscraper known as Australia 108 in Melbourne, and at a planned 1,273 feet tall it would be the highest building in the Southern Hemisphere, reports CNN.
Plans have construction set to begin in 2014 and be completed several years later, and Australia 108 is expected to be much more than a modern marvel. Designers are planning to include a luxury hotel with almost 300 rooms and a lobby situated on its 83 floor. Planners hope that the completion of the skyscraper will help set Melbourne apart from many of the other cities in the hemisphere.
"Australia 108 has the ability to define Melbourne and signify our coming of age as a dynamic and progressive international city," Nonda Katsalidis, co-designer of the tower, told CNN. "Nothing like this exists in our part of the world."
The tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere is currently Q1, a 1,058-foot residential building located in Queensland's Gold Coast. As for Melbourne, the city's tallest structure is Eureka Tower, which stands at 975 feet.
While it might be several years until Australia 108 is completed, there are many other reasons why you should visit Melbourne before then. For starters, the Melbourne Zoo - which first opened its doors in 1862 - is the oldest zoo in the world. The city's Federation Square is home to everything from Melbourne's best museums and cultural centers to restaurants and bars, making it a must-see during your visit.
(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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