10 Best Nature Experiences in Australia and New Zealand

10 Best Nature Experiences in Australia and New Zealand

When it comes to nature experiences, Australia and New Zealand do it better than most. Natural beauty, iconic monuments and breathtaking scenery form the foundations of what make these two destinations so truly special. With ‘getting back to nature’ high on our members’ wish lists, we’ve put together the Top 10 Nature Experiences to explore across the Tasman.

1. Mon Repos Turtle Hatching

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Bargara, Queensland: Get up close and personal with the lifecycle of the Loggerhead Turtle with this once in a lifetime opportunity. Follow the mother’s journey to the foreshore to lay her eggs and the hatching of the young 6-8 weeks later as they venture back to the depths of the ocean.

2. Geothermal Hot Springs

Coromandel, New Zealand: The Lost Spring is a magical pool that harnesses water that is heated from 600 metres below the Earth’s surface. Surrounded by waterfalls and crystal clear water, there is no better way to sit back, relax and soak up the surroundings.

3. The Overland Track

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Tasmania: Australia’s most famous trek is 65 kilometres of Tasmania’s highest peaks, best stretching views and most stunning scenery. It’s not for the faint hearted but is one of the best ways to experience the true natural beauty of the apple isle.

4. Swim with Whale sharks

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Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia: Snorkel alongside the biggest fish in the sea; the whale shark. These giant yet calm creatures can be seen from March to August and is a once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget.

5. Waitomo Caves

Hamilton, New Zealand: Beneath the hills of Waitomo lies a web of underground rivers, sinkholes and caves. Take a tour by foot or boat or for the more adventurous, crawl, swim and float through the labyrinth on a rubber tube.

6. Great Barrier Reef

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Queensland: Perhaps one of the most iconic nature experiences worldwide is the famous Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel or scuba dive amongst more than 1500 species of fish and over 400 types of coral boasting every colour of the rainbow. This national treasure needs to be seen to be believed.

7. Lorikeet Feeding

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Currumbin, Queensland: The skies above Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary become awash with colour as hundreds of Rainbow Lorikeets descend on the park for feeding each day. Visitors can expect to have a dozen of these friendly locals on their heads, arms and shoulders at this exciting and unique experience.

8. Skiing

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Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand: Not many people can say they have skied on an active volcano. Hit the slopes at Mt Ruapehu and you can tick it off the list. The country’s largest commercial ski area doesn’t just boast world class snow but some of the most picture perfect scenes of the region and beyond.

9. Whale Watching

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East Coast, New South Wales: See Humpback Whales with your own eyes on a whale watching tour as they make their annual migration north from Antarctica. These gentle giants can be seen frolicking and playing in our warm Australian waters between June and November.

10. Penguin, Seal and Sea Lion Tour

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Dunedin, New Zealand: New Zealand offers a rare glimpse into the life of three penguin species, the fur seal and the majestic sea lion. There is no better place than Dunedin to experience these three different animals up close and in their own natural environment.

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