Amazing Water Activities in Australia and New Zealand
The ocean is one of life’s greatest delights, and what better place to enjoy its magic than on the two remote Pacific islands of Australia and New Zealand? Whether you’re hoping to dive into the iconic Great Barrier Reef or soak up the sun on a remote beach, they have it all. From North Queensland to Milford Sound, there are few better corners of the world to get back in touch with the ocean.
This week, we take you on an adventure across the pristine waters of Australia and its equally wonderful neighbour, New Zealand. Hoist the sails and venture out into the big blue.
See wondrous whales and dolphins in New Zealand
Embark on a journey of a lifetime and take a trip to Kaikoura, New Zealand, where you can witness the enchanting phenomenon of wild whales and dolphins lazily swimming in the ocean. Located on the South Eastern coast of the island, Kaikoura is a haven for marine life – and humans! Free of unwanted crowds, this is a relatively untouched piece of New Zealand that offers pristine scenery and, in addition to swimming with dolphins and whales, there are scores of other wild animals. You can get up close with animals such as fur seals and albatross, for instance. AAT Kings offers first-class tours that take you there.
Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
If you are more one to dive straight into the wide ocean waters, exploring the vibrant coral gardens of the Great Barrier Reef is an absolute must-do. Abundant with unique and rare marine life, you can observe fish of all sizes and colourful coral reefs. The best and most authentic way to embark on this adventure is to take advantage of the winds and hop onto a catamaran with a small group of like-minded peers. Once you are in the magical setting of the Great Barrier Reef, you can jump straight in and witness some of the world’s most unique and enchanting natural spectacles. Or you could visit the nearby Low Isles on a day cruise.
Witness Phillip Island’s magical Penguin Parade
A stone’s throw away from the city, Phillip Island is a popular day trip destination of spectacular natural beauty for travellers coming from Melbourne. Famous for its white pristine beaches, this is the place to watch native Australian animals such as penguins meandering and lying about in their natural habitats. Whether its little penguins waddling up and down the shores during the renowned Penguin Parade, or koalas lazily taking in the last sun rays perched atop a tree, this is a truly magical place sure to leave its indelible mark on you. Other activities you can choose to engage in are surfing along its beautiful rugged coastline or learn about conservation by joining an experienced park ranger on a walk.
Travel the world famous Great Ocean Road
In the mood for a water-related adventure but don’t want to get wet? Travel the world-famous Great Ocean Road,a journey that will forever stay carved in your mind. This magnificent drive is simply one of the best road trips of the world. It will bring you past imposing natural wonders like the 12 Apostles, the Grotto and even a - slightly rough around the edges - copy of London’s famous London Bridge! But that is not all - you also will tickle your tastebuds with the local wine and whiskey along the way, and get to support conservation efforts aimed at preserving those cute little Sea Lions at Seal Bay Conservation Park, while of course spotting kangaroos.
If you’re looking for more adventures in Australia and New Zealand with an aquatic theme, make sure you take a look at our full range of tours. There’s more than a few things there that will surprise you!