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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!
The southern coast of Australia has dazzled locals and travelers for decades, and few people can find the words to describe the magnificence of the Great Ocean Road. Quentin Long, a contributor to the Australian Traveller, tries his best to share exactly what it is about this strip of road that has adventure seekers coming back several times throughout the year.
"I was expecting to be a little dismayed by a ho-hum experience, looking down upon the silly hordes of bus tourists," Long wrote. "They are there, admittedly, but we are all in it together."
Despite being a seasoned traveler, particularly in Australia, Long was nothing short of flabbergasted when he embarked on his journey along the Great Ocean Road.
The 12 Apostles
During an Australia tour, you'll undoubtedly want to visit the 12 Apostles, an impressive rock formation that has stood for millions of years and still boasts its staggering beauty to this day. You'll feel as though you've just happened upon a green-screened movie set when the first limestone cliff comes into view. With the tallest formation standing at 150 feet high, even at high tide, these imposing pillars are truly impressive. The best time to see these natural marvels is at sunrise or sunset, when the warm colors make them look as though they're glowing.
Further along the Great Ocean Road is Johanna Beach, where rough currents and thunderous waves beckon adventurous surfers to test their skills when the sets are in their prime. Whether you want to get in the water or not, the yellow-sand beach is perfect for a quick picnic, and the rolling green hills surrounding the shores are ideal for travelers who want to wake up their legs on a walk.
After feasting your eyes on the 12 Apostles and Johanna Beach, you may want to have a real feast at Marks Restaurants, which is open all year except for the winter months, or May to August, when colder conditions make the Great Ocean Road slightly dangerous to navigate. When the weather heats up in September, the chefs get to work, creating mouth watering seafood dishes like fried calamari and tempura soft shell crab.
(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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