The snow-capped Remarkables are reflected in Queenstown's Lake Wakatipu

The snow-capped Remarkables are reflected in Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu

guest post by Dan Matthews

Australia and New Zealand are exotic, exciting holiday destinations, bursting with natural wonders and thriving, modern cityscapes – but finding your way around on the other side of the world can be exhausting. Escorted holidays are a way of ensuring your trip down under is filled with the experiences which make the countries memorable. Titan Travel’s Antipodean Discovery tour delivers an unforgettable journey across the two countries while you sit back and watch the scenery glide by.

Titan Oz NZ Tasmanian Devil

A spritely Tasmanian Devil, now seriously threatened.

The tour heads first to Australia – and Brisbane, where a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a chance to see around 100 protected marsupials and indigenous species, including kangaroos, koalas and Tasmanian devils. A trip to Mount Coot-tha provides panoramic views of the city and plenty of ideas for anyone wanting to explore further.

A short flight across the Tasman Sea, brings the tour to Auckland, New Zealand. The city brims with character: hundreds of colourful shops and boutiques line the streets, while the waterfront’s restaurants and bars are a way of soaking up the modern, metropolitan atmosphere.

Steam and mud surrounds of Rotorua Thermal Area

Steam and mud surrounds of Rotorua Thermal Area

South of Auckland, Rotorua is a highlight of New Zealand’s Maori culture. The Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve is a must-see – with hot bubbling mud pools and the dramatic Pohutu geyser. In Tamaki Maori Village, visitors experience firsthand the friendliness of the Maori – with a traditional hangi meal and singing and dancing into the evening.

Stunning mountain landscapes and crystal clear waters await as the tour heads into the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Express. Onboard, passengers can expect one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys, winding through deep gorges, snow-capped peaks and hundreds of miles of green national park.

Verdant and mountainous scenery from the Tranzalpine Express

Verdant and mountainous scenery from the Tranzalpine Express

Last stop on the New Zealand escorted tour is Queenstown and The Remarkables – the famous mountain range which changes colour as the day passes. Hiking fans won’t be disappointed: there are plenty of trails up unto the foothills and even boat tours up the Dart River, to the beautiful, rural Paradise region – a famous filming location for the Lord of the Rings films.

Back in Australia it’s onto Sydney – and its famous architectural skyline. The tour includes a waterfront cruise – definitely the best way to see the city. Sydney harbour is a sight in itself – bustling and vibrant, visitors can explore its quaint cobbled streets and multitude of restaurants and shops.

From Rotorua’s historic villages, to Sydney’s modern style, the Antipodean Discovery tour takes visitors on a breathtaking journey. While you’ll travel in luxury and comfort, each stop is a chance to satisfy that taste for adventure – in one of the most unique corners of the earth.

Dan Matthews is a travel expert working with Titan Travel, he loves touring the world, but especially loves anything that will give him the change to visit New Zealand, his favourite country in the world.

Photo Credits: remarkables, tassie devil, rotorua thermal, train

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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.
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