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“Lord of the Rings” fans flock to New Zealand, where the dramatic landscape... more
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Christchurch
“Lord of the Rings” fans flock to New Zealand, where the dramatic landscape provided the spectacular backdrop to an epic film trilogy. The “gateway to the Antarctic,” Christchurch features dramatic vistas and adventure sports set against a backdrop of lofty peaks. Much of the area was damaged in a series of earthquakes and aftershocks, but both the government and the people of Christchurch have made dedicated efforts to rebuild a sustainable, flourishing “city in a garden.”
Margaret River is both a region and a bustling market town famed for its wine,... more
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Margaret River
Margaret River is both a region and a bustling market town famed for its wine, incredible surfing, gorgeous coastline, multi-chambered caves and mysterious karri (eucalyptus) forests. Award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Semillon vintages are produced at the area’s more than 200 vineyards. The annual Margaret River Wine Region Festival is a vintner’s paradise, attracting gourmet enthusiasts from around the globe.
The beaches of tropical Broome aren’t just beautiful—they’re historic. The... more
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Broome
The beaches of tropical Broome aren’t just beautiful—they’re historic. The white-sand Cable Beach is named for an undersea telegraph cable that was laid in the late 1800s, connecting Broome to Singapore. A short hop over the dunes is Minyirr Park, and, on the eastern shore, Town Beach is home to a famous natural phenomenon, the Staircase to the Moon. Time-travel to the prehistoric era by heading to Gantheaume Point to check out 130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints.
Bubbling mineral springs and pools promise maximum relaxation in Rotorua, on New... more
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Rotorua
Bubbling mineral springs and pools promise maximum relaxation in Rotorua, on New Zealand's North Island. Therapeutic hot mud pools, dramatic geysers and a buried village are within easy reach of the city. What happens in the bubbling mud geysers of "Rotovegas"—the area at the top of Fenton Street—stays in Rotovegas. Once you've made the most of the mud, soar nearly 2,000 feet on the Skyline Gondola for views of Lake Rotorua, then zip back down to explore the lake by paddle steamer, fishing charter or WWII amphibious vehicle.
The aptly-named Surfers Paradise is just that—a haven for those who pay homage... more
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Surfers Paradise
The aptly-named Surfers Paradise is just that—a haven for those who pay homage to the gods of the sea by attempting to become one with the waves. The beach here is a golden stretch of soft sand that provides the perfect ambiance for a day of catching waves, catching a Frisbee or just catching some rays. Refuel at one of Surfers Paradise's 150 restaurants and cafes, or hit a Northside day spa to soothe your surf-weary muscles and smooth your sun-kissed skin.
Far more than just a city of civil servants, Canberra is an oft overlooked... more
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Canberra
Far more than just a city of civil servants, Canberra is an oft overlooked beauty in the midst of Australia's inland hills, conveniently located between the ski slopes of Brindabella National Park and the beaches of the east coast. The country's history and culture are on proud display in the many museums, galleries and theatres, while innumerable green spaces and parks give the city a fresh vitality and colourful flair.
In Pokolbin, wine lovers can drink in the beauty of the Lower Hunter Valley, one... more
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Pokolbin
In Pokolbin, wine lovers can drink in the beauty of the Lower Hunter Valley, one of the most important wine regions in Australia. Sip your way through a guided vineyard tour as you sample the best reds, whites and bubblies that New South Wales has to offer. The lush vineyard landscapes are breathtaking, setting the mood for a romantic getaway.
This hardy desert town of 26,000 started life as a telegraph station named... more
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Alice Springs
This hardy desert town of 26,000 started life as a telegraph station named Stuart in the mid 1800s. Renamed Alice Springs in 1933, it became an important WWII staging post. The Capital of the Australian Outback has been the home of the aboriginal Arrernte people for 50,000 years and is a base for visits to Uluru (Ayers Rock).
This adrenaline-pumping city offers an abundance of skydiving, jetboating and... more
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Taupo
This adrenaline-pumping city offers an abundance of skydiving, jetboating and bungee jumping. Discover the marvels of Orakei Korako thermal park, featuring caves, hot springs and boiling mud pools. Gaze across Lake Taupo to see the spectacular volcanic mountains of Tongariro National Park, and make sure to visit Huka Falls, one of the great watery wonders of New Zealand.