Exotic Australia & New Zealand

15 Nights / 16 Days

Highlight

    AUSTRALIA

  • Enjoy daily American breakfast in your hotels
  • Enjoy daily delicious Local / Western / Indian / vegetarian / non-vegetarian dinners.
  • Enjoy delicious Local / Western / vegetarian / non-vegetarian lunches.
  • Stay at centrally located hotels
  • Stay 02 nights in Melbourne
  • Visit the Phillip Island and enjoy the famous ‘Penguin Parade’
  • Full day excursion to the Great Ocean Road travel one of the world’s most scenic roads and home to the 12 Apostles
  • Enjoy a guided city tour of Melbourne
  • Entrance to the world famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  • Stay 01 night in Ballarat
  • Enjoy a tour of Sovereign Hills, Visit Gold Museum.
  • Stay 02 nights in Cairns - one of the best tropical cities in the world
  • Visit Kuranda – a village in the rainforest
  • An unforgettable experience to Green Island – a beautiful coral cay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
  • Stay 03 nights in Sydney – the most vibrant of all cities
  • Enjoy an Indian dinner on board the showboat dinner cruise
  • Enjoy a city tour of Sydney
  • Visit the famous Bondi Beach
  • A guided tour inside the famous Opera House in Sydney
  • Visit the famous Sydney Tower, the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere
  • Full Day Blue Mountain Tour. Visit Feather dale wildlife park and Scenic world with Skyway / Cableway / Railway.
  • NEW ZEALAND

  • Stay 01 night in Christchurch – the Garden city
  • Visit the Antarctic Centre in Christchurch
  • Enjoy a city tour of Christchurch
  • Ride on the Trans Alpine express train through the most scenic route in New Zealand
  • Stay 01 night at Franz Josef glacier
  • Stay 03 nights at Queenstown – Adventure capital of New Zealand
  • Visit Lake Wanaka enroute to Queenstown
  • Visit the Puzzling World in Wanaka
  • Experience the steepest Gondola ride in the Southern Hemisphere in Queenstown enroute to Bob’s peak
  • Enjoy a full day excursion to Milford Sound with lunch on board the cruise
  • Visit Lake TeAnau and pass through the Homer tunnel in Ellington valley enroute to Milford Sound
  • Stay 01 night in Rotorua
  • Visit the Green and Blue Lakes in Rotorua
  • Witness the Agrodome agricultural show in Rotorua
  • Visit the TePuia Thermal reserve and see the Pohutu Geysers
  • Marvel at natures display on your visit to the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
  • Stay 01 night in Auckland
  • Enjoy a city tour of Auckland
  • Services of a professional and experienced tour manager throughout your tour

Itinerary

Welcome aboard! Today enter the world of Air Tours as you begin your memorable journey the Land down under – Australia. Tour of Sovereign Hill.

Today, you are off on your exciting tour to Australia. Get set as you board your flight to the most spectacular part of the world. Arrive in Melbourne, upon arrival you will be met by our professional and experienced tour manager in the arrival area outside the customs hall. Drive to Sovereign Hills and step back in time and experience Australia’s gold rush days. After lunch, proceed for a tour of Sovereign Hills, Visit Gold Museum.

Tonight enjoy a delicious Indian dinner in the Hotel.
Overnight at Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre in Ballarat (L,D)

Join us on an unforgettable excursion to the Great Ocean Road – Australia’s most spectacular coastal drive.

After an early American breakfast at the hotel, get ready to spend the entire day at the Great Ocean Road. Enjoy the spectacular views over golden surf beaches, sheer cliff faces and magnificent stands of Eucalyptus. The Great Ocean Road hugs the coastline along the entire length of Port Campbell National Park. The coastline with it’s twisted shapes of amazing rock formation, the famous ‘Twelve Apostles’ – huge stone pillars rising from the surf, remnants of the London Bridge, a rocky promontory arch carved out by the continual force of the sea, the Loch Ard Gorge (site of the dramatic shipwreck of the ‘Loch Ard’– over 100 years ago), will give a photographer some spectacular pictures this evening. Check-in to hotel.

Today enjoy Indian dinner at Hotel.
Overnight at Oaks on the Market in Melbourne (B,D)

City tour of Melbourne – the sporting and cultural capital of Australia.Guided tour of Melbourne Cricket Ground. Full day excursion to Phillip Island – the area is a reserve designed to protect and promote awareness of Little Penguins (previously called Fairy Penguins).

After Breakfast, proceed for a city tour of Melbourne. Visit the famous and beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens, Town Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, National Tennis center, the 1956 Olympic venue, the Shrine of Remembrance, Bourke Street Mall and some beautifully-restored Victorian houses. Guided tour of Melbourne Cricket Ground. Enjoy lunch at an Indian restaurant.

Later, drive to Phillip Island, home to Australia’s most popular wildlife attractions, the Penguin Parade, featuring dozens of fairy penguins which shuffle up from the sea at dusk on their way to underground burrows.

After this beautiful spectacle, return back and enjoy an Indian vegetarian / non-vegetarian dinner.
Overnight at Hotel Oaks on the Market in Melbourne (B,L,D)

Fly to Cairns – one of the best tropical cities in the world.

After an American breakfast at the hotel, check out transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairns. (Flight Cost is not included) Check-in to the hotel.

Tonight enjoy a delicious Indian Jain / vegetarian / non-vegetarian dinner at an Indian restaurant.
Overnight in Cairns (B,D)

An unforgettable experience to Green Island – a beautiful coral cay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

After an early American breakfast at your hotel, proceed to board the cruise liner to the Green Island – a Marine National Park with unique rainforests, surrounded by white sandy beaches and magnificent coral reefs and abundant marine life. Green Island is a true coral atoll and is one of the most picturesque island resorts on the Queensland coast. The scenic beauty of the region attracts many visitors and the local national parks and islands are a tourist paradise. There are a million and one activities to partake in. Snorkel, dive and swim in the warm island waters, view the spectacular reef from the coral viewing tours, explorer Green Island National Park or just relax on the sandy beach. Green Island coral cay is readily identified from the air by its emerald rainforest surrounded by white sandy beaches and beautiful coral reefs. Enjoy a delicious continental lunch on board the cruise liner. After spending the entire day at the reef, you return with a lifetime of memories.

Tonight enjoy an Indian dinner.
Overnight in Cairns (B,LL,D)

Get set for a day of fun and excitement as you visit Kuranda – a village in the rainforest. Fly to Sydney – the most famous of all cities on the banks of the Darling River.

After an American breakfast at the hotel, check-out and proceed to Kuranda – a village in the rainforest. Enjoy Lunch. Here experience the Skyrail - a unique rainforest experience taking you on an unforgettable journey through Australia’s world heritage listed Tropical Rainforest. Later proceed to the airport to board your flight to Sydney. (Flight Cost is not included) On arrival check-in to the hotel.

Tonight enjoy an Indian dinner.
Overnight in Sydney. (B,L,D)

Guided city tour of Sydney – Enjoy a tour of the world famous Sydney Opera House. Also visit the famous Sydney Tower. Enjoy a spectacular dinner cruise along the famous Sydney harbour.

After an American breakfast at the hotel, proceed on an exciting guided city tour of Sydney. Visit the famous Sydney Tower, the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere, enjoy a visit to the observatory deck for the most spectacular 360° aerial view of Sydney. Later enjoy lunch.

Also included is a guided tour of one the worlds’ most spectacular landmarks – the Sydney Opera House. Tonight, get set for the time of your life on board the Showboat dinner cruise. Enjoy a three – course Indian dinner, followed by a spectacular cabaret show, with a cavalcade of glamorous Australian and International artistes to entertain you.

Overnight in Sydney (B,L,D)

Full Day Blue Mountain Tour, Visit feather dale wildlife park.

Today after an American breakfast in your hotel, proceed for full day blue mountain tour. Visible on a clear day from Sydney’s observation towers, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains region is a popular destination for idyllic day trips away from the urban hustle. Visitors  are rewarded with outdoor activities, memorable experiences, and the natural beauty found in Blue Mountains National Park, including rugged sandstone outcrops, cavernous valleys, and towering eucalyptus forests Visit Feather dale wildlife park & Enjoy scenic world with ultimate discovery pass with Skyway / Cableway / Railway.

Tonight enjoy a local Thai dinner.
Overnight in Sydney (B,L,D)

Fly to Christchurch – the Garden city!!! Visit the International Antarctic centre.

Today after an American breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Christchurch. (Flight Cost is not included)Enroute to the hotel, visit the International Antarctic centre – get as close as possible to the real South Pole. This interactive experience takes you on a journey of discovery, into the harshness of early Antarctic explorations, and the beauty of Antarctica’s scenery and wildlife.

Tonight enjoy an Indian dinner.
Overnight in Christchurch (B,D)

Get set for the ride of your life on the Trans Alpine Express – the most scenic route in New Zealand.

After an American breakfast this morning, check out of the hotel and board the Trans Alpine Express for Arthur’s Pass. On this train ride you will pass through the most scenic sights of South Island. Arrive Franz Josef and check into your hotel. Enjoy lunch at an Indian restaurant. Evening is free to experience the scenic views here.

Tonight enjoy an Western dinner at the Hotel.
Overnight in Franz Josef (B,L,D)

Onto scenic Queenstown – New Zealand’s adventure capital. Visit the Puzzling world in Wanaka.

After an American breakfast at the hotel check out and drive to Queenstown via the Haast Pass. En route visit the puzzling world at Wanaka. Enjoy lunch.

Tonight enjoy an Indian dinner.
Overnight in Queenstown (B,L,D)

Set out for the most spectacular cruise to the Milford Sound – a spectacular experience.

After an American breakfast at the hotel, travel via TeAnau through the awe-inspiring Homer Tunnel and the stunning glacier-carved Elington Valley, to arrive at Milford Sound. Enjoy the full-day on the unforgettable Milford Sound cruise, which sails right up to the mouth of the Tasman Sea (weather permitting). Enjoy Indian lunch on board the cruise. Experience the untouched paradise of Milford Sound and explore the natural wonders and history surrounding this deep fjord.

Tonight enjoy an Indian dinner.
Overnight in Queenstown (B,L,D)

Queenstown City Sightseeing's

This morning after an American breakfast, depart for a city tour of Queenstown. Later experience the famous Gondola ride, which is the steepest lift in the Southern Hemisphere and carries visitors high above Queenstown to the Skyline complex located on Bob’s peak. Enjoy buffet lunch.

Later this evening enjoy a delicious dinner at an Indian restaurant.
Overnight in Queenstown (B,L,D)

Onto Rotorua – a beautiful town well-known for geothermal activity. Visit the Green and Blue Lakes. Visit the living Thermal village – Whakarewarewa. Agrodome Sheep Show.

After an American breakfast, proceed to the airport for your flight to Rotorua (flight cost not included). Visit the scenic Green and Blue Lakes.

After Lunch, visit the Agro dome for a New Zealand farm show featuring sheep dogs demonstrations, cow milking sheep show. Later, visit the TePuia Thermal Reserve and wander around the bubbling mud pools and see the famous ‘Pohutu’ Geyser. Experience the Whakarewarewa Cultural experience including a guided tour and concert. Set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs and bubbling hot pools in the living thermal village of Whakarewarewa. Discover the unique lifestyle and traditions by joining a guided tour. Sit back and relax as TePakira Maori culture group entertain you with song and dance.

Tonight enjoy a delicious dinner.
Overnight in Rotorua (B,L,D)

Onto Waitomo.Visit the WaitomoGlowworm Caves. Onto Auckland.City tour of Auckland. Visit the Sky Tower.

After an American breakfast this morning, we take you to visit the Waitomo Caves through the lush Waikato region. Marvel at Mother Nature’s light display, as you glide silently through the starry wonderland caves of Glow-worm situated underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow-worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. Enjoy a buffet lunch at The Waitomo Caves Homestead

After an Indian lunch, drive to Auckland. On arrival proceed on a city tour. Visit Mt. Eden from where you have spectacular views of the city, harbor and many more interesting sights. Drive past the Victoria Park market, the West Haven Marina, the War Memorial Museum and through the Parnell, onto Bastion Point, Auckland’s most expensive residential area. Also included is a visit to the Sky Tower. At 328 metres, the Sky Tower offers views in every direction.

Tonight enjoy an Indian dinner.
Overnight in Auckland (B,L,D)
Fly back home with wonderful memories of your holiday

This morning after an American Breakfast, proceed to the Airport for your flight back home. Return home with wonderful memories of your holiday with ‘Air Tours ‘ (B)

Tour Cost & Date

Land Cost
Per Person on Twin Sharing US$ 4350
Single Supplement US$ 1450

NOTE

  • As a 3rd person in a triple room, most hotels use rollaway beds and room size may be the same as the double bed.
  • There will be no reduction for triple sharing.
  • Single Room Supplement charges will be applicable in case of any one member sharing room with other cancel their reservations.

  • DEPARTURE DATES 2020
    October
    05
    November
    16
    DEPARTURE DATES 2021
    January
    11
    February
    22
    March
    15
    April
    12

    NOTE

    • Tour starts in Melbourne on the above mentioned dates. There could be a possibility of flight departure on the previous evening
    • On certain departure dates the itinerary may be operated in reverse order. However, all services and inclusions will remain the same.

    Fiji Tour (02 Nights / 03 Days)

    Arrive Fiji. Nadi Tour

    Arrive at Nadi International Airport.
    After clearing Fiji’s Immigration & Customs please proceed and exit the Customs Hall. Arrive & Check-in. In the afternoon depart for Nadi for a half day Cultural Tour, visit Nadi Temple, enjoy pure South Indian vegetarian lunch at the temple with bottled water. After lunch commence scenic drive through the fertile sugar cane fields, local villages, & farm settlements to the historical Viseisei Village, a traditional Fijian village believed to be where the first Fijians landed, with a guided tour inside the village. Continue on to the Gardens of the Sleeping Giant which houses Raymond Burr’s magnificent collection of orchids. A stop in Nadi Town for shopping.

    Return back to the hotel, later enjoy dinner.
    Overnight at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, Denarau (L, LD)

    Enjoy South Sea Island Cruise

    After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a full day South Sea Island Cruise.  Gorgeous little South Sea Island is one of the treasures of the Mamanuca islands.  Crystal clear waters, coral reefs and thousands of colourful tropical fish surround the tiny island.
    Discover the underwater world with hours of snorkelling or if you want to stay dry, jump on board the semi-submersiblecoral viewer.  Although the island is uninhabited, you can still get a taste of Fijian Culture with a traditional Meke performance and craft market from Monday to Saturday.  Enjoy lunch on the island.

    Enjoy buffet dinner at the hotel.
    Overnight at the Sofitel Resort & Spa or similar in Denarau island. (B, LL, LD)

    Visit Natadola Beach at Yatule Resort & Spa.  Farewell!!

    After breakfast, check out and depart for an exciting picnic on the beach at Natadola Beach - one of the most pristine beaches of Fiji.  Beach towels, change rooms provided.  Buffet lunch with a mix of Indian and Continental, soft drinks/water.  Later in the evening, transfer to the airport for your flight
    (B, LL)

    Tour Cost Date

    Land Cost (MINIMUM 15 PAX)
    Per Person on Twin Sharing $750
    Single Supplement $250

    NOTE

  • As a 3rd person in a triple room, most hotels use rollaway beds and room size may be the same as the double bed.  There will be no reduction for triple sharing.
  • Single Room Supplement charges will be applicable in case of any one member sharing room with other cancel their reservations. 
  • Group will be operated without tour manager in case of group size below 15 pax. 
  • Supplement cost of US$ 50 for 2021 Departures will be applicable.
  • Tour info

    WHAT YOUR TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

    SIGHTSEEING TOURS AND EXCURSIONS
    FIJI
    • Nadi City tour
    • Visit Nadi Temple
    • South Sea Island Full day Cruise
    • Visit Natadola Beach.

    ACCOMMODATION

    • Two nights at the Sofitel Resort & Spa or similar at Denarau Island.

    MEALS, WATER:

    • Meals as per itinerary.
    • Two 500 ml water bottles per person per day

    TIPS& PORTERAGE:

    • Tips to Driver and guide
    • 1 Bag (20 kgs) per person at the hotels only

    TRANSFERS:

    • Services of a professional and experienced tour manager or a local representative throughout your tour. (Subject to minimum 15 pax)

    WHAT YOUR TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

    • Two nights at the Sofitel Resort & Spa or similar at Denarau Island
    • Meet & Greet on arrival,  shell lei welcome, cool minted towels, bottled water, assistance with baggage
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle transfer Airport/Hotel enroute to Nadi Half Day Tour with Lunch 
    • Visit the Nadi Temple and enjoy a pure vegetarian South Indian Lunch with bottled water.
    • Includes buffet breakfast daily
    • South Sea Island Full Day Cruise With Lunch
    • Picnic Lunch at Yatule Resort & Spa with Set Menu Lunch
    • Set Menu Local Dinners.
    • Drop Off at Airport after Picnic

    WHAT YOUR TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

    • Cost of International Airfare and Taxes
    • Cost of deviation - In case you wish to deviate from the group departure dates mentioned in the brochure i.e. either travel before the departure date of your tour or would like to come back on a later date after the tour ends, there will be an additional charge that will be applicable which will be advised to you by our sales team. The same is subject to availability of seats & class for the given dates & ticket validity. Kindly also note, the deviation request is to be made at the time of booking.
    • Cost of Transfer: The individual arrival & departure transfer in case you have opted for deviation or purchase on separate ticket & not travelling under group ticketing.
    • Cost of visas to travel on the tour.
    • Medical insurance.
    • Early Check in and Late Check out.
    • Any expenses of personal nature such as porter age, laundry, wines, mineral water, food and drink not in the regular menu provided by us, mini bar, telephone calls, pay channels etc. Anything not specified under Inclusions
    • Meals other than what is mentioned in your itinerary
    • Cost of excursions, city sightseeing, entrance fees and local guides availed of by the passengers, other than that mentioned in ‘What your tour price includes’
    • Departure taxes except where included.
    • Optional activities and excursions

    IMPORTANT

    • Group Seating will be assigned at the airport upon check in.
    • No Outbound deviations will be permitted.
    • No Frequent flyer miles accrual on Group Ticketing.
    • Keeping in view of Luggage compartment of coach & Internal Flight regulations, we strongly recommend you to carry only medium size Bag of 20kg and 1 carryon bag of 5 kg per person.
    • The dates and granting of Visas is at the sole discretion of the concerned consulate. Air Tours Holidays are not responsible for granting of visas and are only a facilitator in the visa application process.

    POINTS TO BE NOTED

    • Any damages caused to the hotel rooms / coach during your stay, shall be payable by the passengers. Air Tours will not be liable for the same.
    • The Company shall not accept any liability or responsibility for any damages, loss, injury, accident, death, delay, breakdown or irregularity which may occur in carrying out of the tour arrangement.
    • Management reserves the right to claim any additional expenses due to delay or changes in train, plane, bus, ship or other services, weather conditions, strikes, war, quarantine and any other cause whatsoever and all such loss or expenses must be borne by the guests.
    • We reserve the right to amend, alter, vary or withdraw any particular departure, excursion advertised or substitute a hotel of similar class if deemed advisable or necessary.
    • For the convenience of our guests, we will sometimes amend the itinerary; however all the other services will remain the same.
    • Air Tours will not be liable in any loss of baggage by the Airline.
    • Please refer to the booking form for detailed ‘Terms and Conditions’.

    Points to be noted

    • Please refer to our brochure for further details, terms & conditions.

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    WHAT YOUR TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

    SIGHTSEEING TOURS AND EXCURSIONS
    AUSTRALIA
    Melbourne
    • Visit Phillip Island and enjoy the ‘Penguin Parade’
    • Full Day excursion to the famous Great Ocean Road
    • Guided city tour of Melbourne
    • Entrance to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
    Sovereign Hills
    • Visit the Gold Museum
    Cairns
    • Visit the Kuranda rainforest
    • Visit Green Island – a beautiful coral cay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
    Sydney
    • Guided city tour
    • Showboat dinner cruise
    • Entrance to the Sydney Opera House – Guided tour
    • Go up to the Sydney Tower to the observatory deck
    • Full Day Blue Mountain Tour, Feather dale Wildlife Park & Scenic World with Skyway / Cableway / Railway
    NEW ZEALAND
    Christchurch
    • City tour of Christchurch
    • Visit the Antarctic Centre
    Franz Josef
    • Ride the famous Tranz Alpine Express
    Wanaka
    • Visit the Puzzling World
    Queenstown
    • City tour of Queenstown
    • Cruise on the Milford sound right upto the mouth of the Tasman Sea with lunch
    • Gondola ride to the sky line complex on Bob’s peak
    Rotorua
    • Visit the Green and Blue Lakes
    • Visit the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve
    • Visit the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
    • Agrodome show
    Auckland
    • City tour of Auckland
    • Entrance to the Sky Tower.

    HOTELS

    • 01 night accommodation at the Mercure Ballarat or similar in Ballarat
    • 02 nights' accommodation at the Oaks on Market or similar at Melbourne
    • 02 nights accommodation at Rydges Esplanade or similar in Cairns
    • 03 nights accommodation at Sydney Boulevard or similar in Sydney
    • 01 night accommodation at Crowne Plaza or similar in Christchurch
    • 01 night accommodation at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier or similar in Franz Josef
    • 03 nights' accommodation at Rydges Lakeland Resort or similar in Queenstown
    • 01 night accommodation at Hotel Holiday Inn Rotorua or similar in Rotorua
    • 01 night accommodation in Auckland City Hotel or similar in Auckland

    MEALS

    • Daily breakfast in the hotel
    • Local / Western / Veg./ Non Veg. lunches as specified in the itinerary
    • Daily Local / Western/ Indian / Veg. / Non Veg. Dinners as mentioned in the itinerary

    TIPS, PORATGE & WATER

    • Tips to Driver and Guide
    • 1 Bag (20 kg) per person at the hotels only
    • Two 500 ml water bottles per person per day

    TOUR MANAGER

    • Services of a professional and experienced tour manager or a local representative throughout your tour.

    VISAS REQUIRED TO TRAVEL ON YOUR TOUR

    You would be required to possess the following visas:-

    USA Citizens Australia / New Zealand ETA Required
    Green Card Holders Single Entry Australia Visa
    Single Entry New Zealand Visaa
    Indian National Single Entry Australia Visa
    Single Entry New Zealand Visa
    Cost of above mentioned Visa is not included in your Tour price.

    WHAT YOUR TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

    • Cost of International Air Ticket
    • Cost of deviation - In case you wish to deviate from the group departure dates mentioned in the brochure i.e. either travel before the departure date of your tour or would like to come back on a later date after the tour ends, there will be an additional charge that will be applicable which will be advised to you by our sales team. The same is subject to availability of seats & class for the given dates & ticket validity. Kindly also note, the deviation request is to be made at the time of booking.
    • Cost of Transfer: The individual arrival & departure transfer in case you have opted for deviation OR due to flight delay OR purchase separate ticket on own & not traveling under our tour cost option with international flights.
    • Cost of visas to travel on the tour
    • Medical / Travel insurance.
    • Early Check in and Late Check out
    • Any expenses of personal nature such as porterage, laundry, wines, mineral water, food and drink not in the regular menu provided by us, mini bar, telephone calls, pay channels, cruise shore excursion and any type of beverages in cruise etc. Anything not specified under inclusions.
    • Meals other than what is mentioned in your itinerary.
    • Cost of excursions, city sightseeing, entrance fees and local guides availed of by the passengers, other than that mentioned in ‘What your tour price includes’
    • Departure taxes except where included.

    IMPORTANT

    • All tours will be operated subject to a minimum of 35 full paying passengers traveling together. In case there are less than 35 full paying passengers the clients will be given an option of travelling on another departure date.
    • Standard Check in at hotels is 1400/1500 hours and check out is 1100/1200 hours.
    • Check for detail cancellation rules in our booking form.
    • Updating of Mileage is subject to Airlines terms & conditions in group fare.
    • We request the airlines for your preferred seats however this is as per their policy and at their discretion to confirm the same.
    • Keeping in view of Luggage compartment of coach & Internal Flight regulations, we strongly recommend you to carry only medium size Bag of 20kg and 1 carryon bag of 5 kg per person.
    • The dates and granting of Visas is at the sole discretion of the concerned consulate. Air Tours Holidays are not responsible for granting of visas and are only a facilitator in the visa application process and any situations arises out of delay in granting visa by the consulate / embassy.

    Points to be noted

    • Any damages caused to the hotel rooms / coach during your stay, shall be payable by the passengers. Air Tours will not be liable for the same.
    • The Company shall not accept any liability or responsibility for any damages, loss, injury, accident, death, delay, breakdown or irregularity which may occur in carrying out of the tour arrangement.
    • Management reserves the right to claim any additional expenses due to delay or changes in train, plane, bus, ship or other services, weather conditions, strikes, war, quarantine and any other cause whatsoever and all such loss or expenses must be borne by the passengers.
    • We reserve the right to amend, alter, vary or withdraw any particular departure, excursion advertised or substitute a hotel of similar class if deemed advisable or necessary.
    • For the convenience of our passengers, we will sometimes amend the itinerary, however all the other services will remain the same.
    • The Tour Cost is combination of all the arrangement and hence cannot be calculated on individual service basis. Tour cost is one component and not calculated on individually.
    • Single Room Supplement charges will be applicable in case any of the guest cancel the reservations sharing room together.
    • Air Tours will not be liable in any loss of baggage by the Airline.
    • Please refer to the booking form for detailed ‘Terms and Conditions’.

    Points to be noted

    • Please refer to our brochure for further details, terms & conditions.

    MEDICAL INSURANCE

    • It’s very important to find out BEFORE you leave whether your insurance will cover doctors’ and hospital visits in other countries. ALWAYS LOOK INTO THE ASPECTS OF COVERING YOUR TRIP FOR UNFORSEEN EVENTS.

    Travel Tips for AUSTRALIA

    INTRODUCTION

    A thousand miles from anywhere, Australia really is a world apart. Untouched by Westerners for thousands of years the land was only home to the peaceful Aboriginal tribes. In the past two hundred and fifty years though great cities have sprung up and the advent of air travel has thrown Australia open to the world, making it one of the most popular holiday destinations for people all over the globe.

    Although prospectors rushed here in the 18th and 19th century, convinced that the Australian frontier hid as much gold as the Wild West of America, it is only relatively recently that the world has appreciated Australia's true resources of its great natural beauty. It is a vast expanse of golden coasts, snowy mountains, sandy deserts, blue lakes and clear seas.

    No matter which part of the world you come from Australia can match it and still offer something different. Everybody knows the great sights and wonders of the country, the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock and the sublime emptiness of the Outback but there is more besides. The beaches of the Gold Coast are echoed all the way around the country, as are the blue coastal waters that lap Queensland's coasts. Chasms almost as deep as the Grand Canyon and deserts as arid and crenellated as the Sahara can be found in the interior.

    For those who don't fancy venturing into "the bush" the great cities of Australia rival anywhere in the world. Most people's gateway to the country Sydney is strikingly beautiful. The Old Quarter of The Rocks harks back to the early colonial years while the modernism of the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Stadium Australia dwarf one's imagination. But if Sydney is Australia's San Francisco then Melbourne is the country's LA - a fashion conscious, dynamic city with great energy and vibrancy. Don't forget the country's other larger cities, Adelaide, Cairns, Darwin and Perth, each of which have their own charm and unique appeal. But where Australia's magic really lies is when the comparisons to other places fail. 80 per cent of its flora and fauna is unique to the territory, and they're not all poisonous. The Aboriginal culture is a unique phenomenon, a centuries old theology that perfectly fits in with Australia's diversity and is perhaps the only thing that manages to encompass one of the world's most fascinating destinations.

    ULURU - AYERS ROCK (NORTHERN TERRITORY)

    The most enduring image of Australia is the imposing vista of Ayers Rock, or Uluru as it is properly known. Almost exactly in the centre of the country, this huge 350m high monolith has been a sacred site for the Aboriginal tribes for thousands of years.

    The local Anangu people prefer that visitors respect the cultural and spiritual significance of Uluru, and refrain from climbing it. If you do insist on climbing there are marked areas to stay within and be aware that it is quite a strenuous climb. Ensure you visit the Cultural Centre at the resort to enrich your understanding of the local environment and people.

    King's Canyon and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) are within easy reach of Uluru and Ayers Rock resort and are well worth the effort to visit. The bottom of the 250m-deep chasm of King's Canyon is filled with lush vegetation known as the "Garden of Eden" and stands in startling contrast to the surrounding desert terrain. The domes of Kata Tjuta tower 200m higher than Uluru, and, for many people, are just as impressive as their more famous neighbour. There are 36 separate domes and hidden within are several Aboriginal sacred and cultural sites that you are asked to respect.

    THE GREAT BARRIER REEF & THE WHITSUNDAYS (QUEENSLAND)

    Off the Queensland coast, and stretching for over 2000km, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's most spectacular natural features. Home to millions of marine animal species, the living reef has a unique eco-system of its own and although fragile it literally teems with colourful and wonderful life. Naturally it is one of the world's most popular sites for diving and snorkelling. Sparklingly clear waters mean that the reef is clearly visible from tour boats as well if you don't fancy getting wet.

    Other than diving and reef spotting, there's snorkelling, fishing, and simply spending time on some of the 74 Whitsunday Islands - paradise come true.

    WINE TOURS

    New World wines are becoming very well established internationally and Australian wine is familiar to everyone. The wine industry is on a huge scale and although vines are grown in almost every Australian state, two of the best regions are the Big River Country and the Barossa Valley of South Australia, and New South Wales's Hunter Valley. In the latter alone, there are just over 70 wineries. Most allow some kind of visit and of course a tasting and it's a great way to spend a lazy afternoon. Check for the vineyard closest to where you're staying. Sydney (New South Wales)

    The biggest city in Australia, and the busiest, Sydney's hosting of the 2000 Olympic Games was widely considered to be the best such event in the modern history of the games. You can tour the magnificent Stadium Australia where the main events were held, but there is much more to see in this beautiful city.

    The twin icons of Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge dominate the harbour and a tour of the former and a climb of the latter are unforgettable experiences. Australia's finest art galleries and museums are also contained within the city, while an international range of restaurants, clubs and bars keep entertainment levels high. Best of all is the all-pervasive friendly atmosphere which makes Sydney many visitors' favourite destination in Australia.

    BEACHES

    Aussies have not only embraced but have defined the modern beach lifestyle the world over. The entire coast of the country is amply blessed with beautiful beaches, and for the people who live nearby the beach is central to recreation and social life.

    From the built-up beaches of Surfer's Paradise and the Gold Coast to abandoned stretches of the Southwest of the country around Perth, there's more coastal sands than you could hope to discover in a lifetime. Walk and fish the remote stretches of sand on the Western Coast, or hire yourself a boogie or surf board, grow your hair long and hit the waves on Bondi. And whichever you choose, round it off with a traditional Aussie beach barbie.

    THE KIMBERLEYS (WESTERN AUSTRALIA)

    Although the Kimberleys are not Australia's most famous destination, they are certainly worth a trip. Located in the Northwest of the country, the region still has the feel of unexplored frontier about it, and is quintessential wild Australia hundreds of miles from any big city.

    The vast expanse of the Great Sandy Desert (named in typical no-nonsense Aussie style) is to the south while the Kimberleys themselves hide the Bungle Bungle sandstone mountains and fabulous river gorges that once were part of a coral reef. When the magnificent storms of the wet season starts, it is as if you are transported to another, primeval, time.

    Home to just 30,000 people the sense of isolation is only heightened when you come across one of the ranching towns that dot the plateau or head for the bigger settlements and you're rewarded with unspoiled stretches of crenellated coastline, great for fishing and cruising.

    ACTIVE HOLIDAY

    The Australians are an adventurous lot, used to having a huge country to play in and keen to squeeze every bit of thrill and ounce of enjoyment out of life as possible. Any type of adventure and outdoor activity is abundantly represented, and undertaken with a bizarre mix of laid back insouciance and pumping adrenaline.

    White water rafting, bungee-jumping, sky-diving, scuba diving, sailing, surfing, climbing, skiing, game fishing, ballooning... the list is endless. The tourist cities such as Sydney and Brisbane offer loads of chances to do any coastal activities or head for the Snowy Mountains in NSW for cracking snow sports.

    And do not pass up the chance to dive the Great Barrier Reef. If you fancy seriously exploring the Outback we recommend you take an organised tour or employ an experienced guide - it's a big place and if you get lost you're not likely to get found again.

    CITY BREAKS

    Many people imagine Australia as a vast expanse of scrubland, mountains and desert, and most of it is. But the cities are also worthy of a lot more attention than people might think. Most people will take in some of Sydney's cultural charms but you should also check out Brisbane's frenetic friendliness.

    Melbourne meanwhile employs fashionable style against Sydney's US scale and is a pleasant city of pavement cafés and trams. Out West you can mix in an exploration of the empty territories with a dose of laid back urbanity in Perth on the coast. One of the lesser visited cities is in fact one of the most pleasant - compact Hobart on the island of Tasmania has a lot to offer the visitor seeking some less crowded comfort.

    AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE

    80 per cent of Australia's flora and fauna is not found anywhere else in the world. From the cute koala to the frankly terrifying bushmaster snake each creature has its place in a unique eco-system.

    You can take a bush safari into the Outback or one of the many national parks to see some of the creatures in their natural habitats. But even if you self-drive across country the abundance of wildlife is such that you're bound to see some of Australia's curious creatures somewhere along the way. Kangaroos are the most prevalent but if you're lucky and sharp you might also see snakes, lizards and koalas to name just a few. Some creatures like the utterly unlikely duck billed platypus (the world's only venomous mammal) are easier to see in captivity, and yet others like the taipan or brown snakes are definitely better seen from behind glass.

    All of Australia's cities can boast modern facilities where animals are properly cared for so head for the local zoo if you can't afford the time to take a trip into the bush.

    ABORIGINAL CULTURE

    For 50,000 years before European Captain Cook first dropped his anchor in Botany Bay the Aboriginal peoples of Australia had walked the land. They developed a highly sophisticated culture based on close links between the natural and spiritual world and their story is a fascinating one of no little tragedy as they were increasingly marginalised by settlers. Nowadays, the Aboriginal legacy is carefully preserved both by the current generations of native people and in the modern cultural institutions of Australia. Exploring the history of this ancient race through their stories of the Dreamtime, rock paintings and other art, and learning how they survived for thousands of years in the harsh outback environment helps you to attach a deeper significance to the history, animals and landscape of Australia.

    GEOGRAPHY

    Australia's division into six states and two territories is probably the best way to get a handle on the geography of this vast country. There's so much, though, that this can only be a broad generalisation at best. Basically, the most populated areas are on the East Coast and in the South.

    The term "Outback" is flexible, but often means anything west of Queensland and NSW. Properly it refers to the very interior of the country.

    THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

    ACT is the Australian version of America's District of Columbia - an independent locale for the nation's capital, Canberra. Situated in the Southeast corner between the larger cities of Melbourne and Sydney, Canberra's a great city destination in its own right, especially for families, but it's rarely the sole reason that people travel to Australia.

    NEW SOUTH WALES

    NSW is the country's most populated state, and is where many travellers begin their holidays. Sydney is the largest city, and the country's premier settlement (see our Sydney guide), but like the rest of Australia, NSW has its fair share of rural and wild country. The Snowy Mountains and the southern end of the Great Dividing Range are perfect sites for adventurous or sporty holidays and include world-class ski slopes. The coast, meanwhile, is a mix of developed and undeveloped regions of great natural beauty.

    WESTERN AUSTRALIA

    WA is the largest and least densely populated state in Australia, with almost three-quarters of the region's inhabitants living in the capital, Perth. The climate is variable, ranging from merely Mediterranean in the south to tropical in the north. The landscape similarly changes from lush coastal areas to the harsh bleak beauty of the interior.

    Northern Territory
    This is the Australia of legend - the Northern Territory is the heart of the Outback, containing Ayers Rock, Alice Springs and old mining towns. But there's also the region known as the 'Top End', a location of vast wetlands containing the multicultural city of Darwin.

    SOUTH AUSTRALIA

    SA is the driest state of Australia, but paradoxically it also has some of the best wine-growing areas of the country - notably the Barossa Valley. The capital, Adelaide , is absolutely beautiful, a perfect mix of graciousness, urbanity and neatness.

    QUEENSLAND

    The Sunshine State of Australia is one of the most visited regions - with the beaches, the Barrier Reef (Cairns) and the Whitsunday Islands drawing tourists from all over the world. Away from the coast you'll find great variety, with the mountains of the Great Divide, vast forests and the Outback encroaching on various parts of the state's interior. Exploring Queensland is one of the most rewarding ways to get a taste for all Australia's variety in only a portion of the country Victoria.

    In Australian terms, Victoria is tiny - yet it's the most densely populated and industrialised of Australia's regions. The capital is Melbourne , a modern and vibrant city that is rich in culture. The other main attractions are the Great Ocean Road, a stretch of highway along the coast renowned for its natural beauty. You should also visit the goldfields and the high country of the Grampians.

    WHEN TO GO

    Australia is situated deep in the Southern Hemisphere so seasons are the opposite to those of North America and Europe. Summer and spring months are Nov-Mar; winter and autumn are Apr-Sep. Australia's tremendous size though means that there is significant climatic variation: The extreme north of the country is tropical, while the south largely temperate.

    TRANSPORT

    Travel around Australia is dominated by one over-riding feature of the country - its sheer size. Sydney to Perth for example is a journey of over 4000km (over 2550 miles). To break this down, that means three days by train or coach, or about four days in a car. Of course, it's only four hours by plane, which shows why air travel is by far the most popular form of long distance domestic transport.

    BY TRAIN

    For simply getting from one place to another, the Aussie rail network isn't all that much to write home about. However, if you are one of those that enjoy long and luxurious rail trips, then this is the country for you. Enjoy the spectacular scenery at a relaxed pace in one of the double-decker cross-country trains.

    Although there are many individual rail companies, they are all covered by an umbrella company, Rail Australia, which helps make booking easier. If you are going to be doing a lot of travel, you should consider buying one of the many regional or national passes available for varying lengths of stay. Popular tickets include the East Coast and New South Wales passes, which are available to cover various areas of those two regions.

    An Austrail flexi-pass gives you any 15 or 22 days of travel in six months for AUD950/AUD1330. However, the flexi-pass does not cover certain trips, including to Alice Springs from Sydney or Melbourne, so check before you buy. Seats still have to be booked in advance for journeys covered with the flexi-pass, so plan your itinerary carefully.
    Lovers of train travel may want to consider the Great Southern Railway Pass. This gives unlimited travel on the continent's epic journeys, including the Ghan and the Indian Pacific, over a six month period. Prices start at AUD450 for students/backpackers and AUD590 for adults.

    You can call Rail Australia's reservations helpdesk on Tel: +61 (0)8-8213-4592 but it is possible to book passes before you travel from international booking agents in most countries.

    by Bus

    Travelling around Australia by coach has to be seen as the last option - or the budget option. It is very cheap but before you consider this, ask yourself how long you are prepared to sit in a single seat for - then see if your trip is feasible. Remember that in a coach unlike a car, you don't have the option of stopping when and where you like, and, unlike a train, you can't get up and walk around - you're in it for the long haul, and in Australia that is seriously long.

    Although there are many companies serving various regions, there's only one major national bus company, McCafferty's/Greyhound. For bookings, call the national number: Tel: 13-14-99. The Sydney terminal can be contacted on Tel: +61 (0)2-9212-1500.

    If you have plenty of time on your hands, or are travelling on a tight budget, you can purchase an Aussie Pass for unlimited travel on the Greyhound network over anything up to a year. Various passes covering various regions are available.

    by Car

    Australia is seriously spread out, even suburban city blocks represent a medium length walk and it's no surprise that private transport is king. Almost everyone owns a car and in the less urbanised areas (the vast majority of the country), a car is vital, as the public transport options can be limited or non-existent. However, if you are going to be spending time in cities that are far apart, consider hiring different cars in each destination and flying between the cities, otherwise the distances are unmanageable. If you are planning to drive between cities, then generally a conventional car is suitable. If, however, you wish to drive on isolated tracks a four Wheel-Drive may be necessary. Especially in the North the wet season can seriously affect road surface quality and make smaller roads completely impassable.
    For car hire opportunities please check the main homepage.

    Points to consider:

    • Tourists driving in Australia must carry their national driving licence and passport at all times.
    • If the licence is not in English, you must also carry an International Driving Permit or a translation of the licence into English. These must be carried along with your national driving licence.
    • Driving is on the left and you must overtake on the right. Seat belts must be worn where fitted.
    • In general the speed limit is 60km per hour (35mph) in cities, and 80-110km per hour (50-68mph) on highways unless otherwise stated.
    • Slightly different regulations apply state to state so you should check as you move about the country, and carefully observe roadsigns.
    • Note that left turning on red lights is permitted only when road signs indicate it.

    If you are planning to travel long distances through the unpopulated areas of the Outback ,
    which is really not recommended at all, there are some basic precautions to take:

    1. Tell someone where you are going and arrange to check in with them when you get there.
    2. Take along plenty of water, check spare tyres and make sure you have enough fuel - take spare petrol if you think you might need it.
    3. Remember, some of the smaller roads marked on maps may only be passable by 4WD vehicles (and even then only for the dry season in the far north).
    4. Beware of the huge "Road Trains" - truck and trailer combos that can be over 50 metres long and simply can't stop in a short distance. Give them right of way at all times.
    5. Make sure you have a Kangaroo bar fitted. Kangaroos are a lot larger than you might think and although distressing to hit one, without a Kangaroo bar it can be deadly. The impact is bad enough, but irreparably damaging your car is just as serious when you're hundreds of miles away from your destination.

    The following table provides approximate driving distances between Australian cities. Kilometres in the lower left of the table, miles in the upper right.

    City Syd Can Mel Ade Per Ali Dar Bri Cai
    Sydney 178 653 877 2534 2380 2507 635 1550
    Melbourne 1045 648 591 2182 1407 2334 1040 1852
    Adelaide 1412 1196 945 1984 950 1878 1270 2083
    Perth 4078 3954 3512 3194 2297 2707 2770 3582
    Alice Springs 3830 3706 2264 1529 3696 926 1888 1526
    Darwin 4034 4195 3756 3022 4355 1490 2152 1791
    Brisbane 1022 1261 1674 2045 4457 3038 3463 1066
    Cairns 2495 2568 2981 3352 5764 2457 2882 1716

    by Air

    For distances over about 800km (500 miles), you'd be crazy not to consider flying - especially if you don't have that much time for your holiday. There are domestic routes between all of Australia's larger cities and a great many smaller regional airports offering direct domestic routes. You'll often find the smaller the destination the greater the cost but when this is offset against the difficulties of arranging alternative transportation you'll find air travel doesn't represent bad value.

    In any case international tourists will find that there are always a great number of discounts and special deals available to them on internal flights and if you book far enough in advance (a couple of weeks) you can often secure reduced price tickets.
    If you will be doing a lot of travelling, consider getting an air travel pass before arriving in Oz, or alternatively arrange a ticket that offers you a certain number of transfers within Australia during your stay.

    There is a departure tax of AUD38 imposed on all international departures. This is always added to the price of air tickets bought in Australia and is included in most, but not all, return air fares on most airlines that fly in and out of Australia. The tax must be paid at the airport if it hasn't been included in the original ticket price.

    by Boat

    Apart from regular car-ferry services linking Melbourne with Tasmania, distances mean that there are few practical ferry options between large Australian cities. There are however many lakes and inland waterways which are serviced by passenger boats available for hire or charter.

    DOS AND DON'TS

    • Do chat to the locals - Aussies love talking and have the same reputation as the Irish for hospitality.
    • Do embrace the local lifestyle. Obviously in such a vast area local customs change but being casual about just about everything and dressing like the locals will go a long way to letting you fit in naturally.
    • Do listen to the local advice regarding weather, terrain and wildlife. In Australia it's not just polite to listen to the local sages offering advice it could be the difference between keeping you in holiday heaven rather than hell.
    • Don't bad-mouth the Queen. Although she doesn't actually live in Australia she is still its nominal ruler through the commonwealth and popular amongst many Aussies.
    • Don't praise the Queen too highly either. The fact that Australia is still in the commonwealth rankles with an equal number of Aussies and any undue praise of the monarch could unintentionally get you into a heated debate.
    • Aussies love their sports and a lot of them are unique to the continent. Cricket and Rugby (Union and League) are popular but Football is a different sport entirely to either American Football or soccer.
    • Don't expect to be a worldbeating surfer in an instant. Take things slowly to avoid injuring yourself or your pride.
    • Tipping is fairly widespread now, although you're not expected to leave tips in bars (though they won't be turned down), you'll be expected to leave 10-12 per cent at a restaurant and probably some change with a taxi driver.
    • Sydney and Melbourne are big rivals, when in one of the cities don't praise the other too highly.

    SHOPPING

    There's an abundance of ideas for people looking for souvenirs in Australia. The main shopping destinations are Melbourne and Sydney, of course, though any of the other larger cities also offer good international stores.

    WHAT TO BUY

    From didgeridoos to boomerangs, Australian Aboriginal arts and craft items are on sale all over the country. Generally, the closer to the original manufacturers that you buy your souvenirs, the cheaper - and the more satisfying, especially if you manage to buy from the actual craftsmen or artists that produced them.

    There is a range of typical Aussie tourist souvenirs sold all over the country. These include stuffed toy kangaroos, koalas and wombats, sheep-skin slippers and rugs, Australian rugby jerseys and hats with corks dangling from the rim. You probably don't mean to, but you know you'll end up buying something in this category, but don't worry, you're not alone. Unlike other destinations where the tacky souvenir is considered merely that, in Australia the tackiness is celebrated with the usual Aussie sense of humour. They even wear the stuff themselves, check out the number of stuffed toy or inflatable kangaroos and be-corked hats you see sported at an Australian cricket or rugby test match.

    Australia's most abundant semi-precious stone is the opal, and it has become something of a symbol of the country. Opal jewellery can be found all over the country, and much of it is gorgeous - although it can admittedly be overdone. You should also look out for pearls from the country's extensive coastline.

    Particularly in Melbourne, and to an increasing extent in Sydney, Australian designers are starting to produce excellent clothing. Although they still take their lead mainly from the traditional fashion centres of Europe and the US, they are starting to gain confidence and independence. Irritatingly, of course, most visitors will be coming from the Northern Hemisphere, which throws the seasons entirely out of whack. Another side of Aussie life that has impacted the fashion world is, of course, beach and surf wear, and if you buy it in Australia, you'll probably be way ahead of the Northern Hemisphere. Look out for international labels like O'Neill, Hot Tuna and Quiksilver to name just a few.

    OPENING HOURS

    Shops are generally open from 09h00-18h00 Mon-Sat. There will be significant variation in rural areas, when shops may close for lunch or even the weekend.

    TAX REFUND

    Australia adds a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% on to the price of all goods and services bought in Australia, including accommodation, tour guides, meals and ground travel. Wine carries an "equalisation tax" of 14.5%.

    Through the Tourist Refund Scheme (TFS) , it is possible for all visitors to claim back the 10% GST paid on goods worth AUD300 or over which were bought at the same store. You can also claim your tax back on wine. The refund only applies to goods that are taken out of Australia as hand luggage.

    Tax refunds can be claimed at the airport on production of the bought items, bill of sale including your tax invoice from the retailer, your passport and your exit ticket. Tax refund booths at the airport will provide immediate cash settlement on amounts under AUD200. For larger amounts you can either accept a cheque or arrange for the amount to be credited to your account. Australian Customs provides information if you have any doubts as to your eligibility for a refund.
    Tel: 1300-363-263 (within Australia), or Email: information@customs.gov.au.

    FOOD

    Australian food - leaving aside for the moment the fascinating subject of "bush tucker" - is for the most part firmly based on English conceptions of cuisine, and the Aussie national menu shares the best and worst characteristics of "Pommie" food.

    At its best, Australian food makes innovative use of the incredibly rich range of local ingredients, served at the peak of freshness, put together attractively and prepared meticulously. Like much of the developed world, the haute cuisine movement is alive and well, especially in cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Particularly apparent are pan-Asian and Pacific Rim influences. However, the other side of Aussie nosh is the traditional and utterly dull meat and two veg combinations of the less international towns away from the Southeast. The cosmopolitan nature of Australian cities means that there is always a vast range of international dining options, you'll be utterly spoiled for choice in the urban centres - particularly Sydney. Conversely, in rural areas, international dining may only stretch to a couple of less than appetising Chinese take-outs. The same rule of thumb holds true for vegetarian food; in the cities (particularly Sydney and Melbourne), veggies are well catered for, but out West there are places where you'll be looked at askance for not wanting a slab steak with your potatoes.

    There is a national preoccupation with eating huge amounts of red meat , and even Kangaroos don't escape the "barbie". You'll also find crocodile and emu on menus throughout the country - which never fails to capture an adventurous tourist dollar or two.

    SPECIALITIES

    Given the fact that 80 per cent of Aussies live within a few miles of the sea, it is not surprising that there is a great and varied range of seafood dishes available. Shrimps are popular and are a far cry from the tiny specimens that British visitors are used to. Massive steaks from yellowfin tuna or some more elusive game fish are also available, and are absolutely delicious especially when combined with light Southeast Asian influenced sauces.

    If you've eaten your way round crocodile and kangaroo and still don't think you've ingested enough of Australia's ecosystem then it's time to try "bush tucker". This is a term for the edible plants and animals native to the country and traditionally consumed by the Aboriginal population prior to the arrival of Europeans. By far the largest portion of the bush diet is plants - fruits, seeds, nuts and greenery. However, the most remarkable elements of bush tucker are of course the insects -witchetty grubs in particular.

    Bush tucker is slowly making its way onto the national menu, thanks mainly to some inspired chefs, and as time goes on, expect to see more and more native elements introduced into mainstream restaurants.

    Finally, a word about Vegemite. This is a Marmite- or Bovril-like yeast extract spread on bread, toast or sandwiches and is sometimes considered to be the closest thing to a national dish the Australians have. It is definitely an acquired taste, some people love it, some hate it. Without doubt though, it is nutritious - but then again, so are witchetty grubs.

    DRINK

    Australia's most favoured drinks are an amalgamation of American and British tastes. Thus you'll find tea as well as American style highstreet coffeehouses of the Starbucks variety. Alcohol is widely consumed. Lager (referred to as "beer" ) is the favourite tipple either on draught, bottled or canned. The offer of a "stubby" or "tinnie" always refers to a small bottle of lager (375ml) or can. When buying beers in a glass you'll find a range of sizes on offer. In New South Wales beers are referred to as a "glass" (200ml), a "middie" (285ml) or a "Schooner" (425ml). Elsewhere asking for a "Schooner" will get you a medium sized glass while a "pint" obtains the larger size. Confused?

    The most famous name worldwide is Castlemaine XXXX but other common names you will see, and quickly become familiar with, include: VB (Victoria Beer), Carlton Cold and Tooheys. Note that Fosters, marketed overseas as the typical Aussie lager, is not widely consumed within Australia. International beers and the ubiquitous Guinness can be found in the larger cities. Ales and bitters are also brewed and widely drunk in Australia often as specialist labels or seasonal productions.

    Wine is fast becoming popular with Australians for a tipple and Australia is at the forefront of the New World wine revolution that is such a success internationally. Hardy's Stamp and Jacob's Creek are two famous labels now exported around the world - and there are literally hundreds of smaller wine producers around the country. Wine is good value and generally of high quality.

    Australian tastes in spirits follow the British preferences - gin, whiskey, vodka and rum are widely available.

    CURRENCY:

    1 USD =1.47 AUD

    Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD). AUD1=100 cents.
    Notes: AUD5, 10, 20, 50 and 100
    Coins: AUD1, 2 and 5, 10, 20, 50 cents
    Credit cards: All major credit cards are widely accepted in cities but use may be restricted in outback areas and small towns.

    EXCHANGE

    Cash point machines are widespread and can be used to withdraw local currency directly from your bank. You will be charged per transaction by your bank for using this facility though and should check before leaving as to how much these charges will amount to.

    Bureaux de Change can be found in all major cities and airports but you should ensure that you have sufficient local currency when travelling in rural areas where exchange facilities may not be provided.

    Traveller's cheques are widely accepted by many hotels, restaurants and larger stores. You are advised to carry traveller's cheques in Australian Dollars or Pounds Sterling.

    Banks are open Mon-Thu 09h30-16h00 and Fri 09h30-17h00.

    COSTS:

    Below are approximate costs for the following items:

    Bottle of beer AUD5
    Cinema ticket AUD16.50
    Cup of coffee AUD4
    Can of Coke AUD3
    Short bus journey (Sydney) AUD2.80
    Litre of petrol AUD1.49 to AUD1.89
    Hamburger (Big Mac) AUD4.25

    SERVICE CHARGES

    Australian tipping culture is similar to America's and you'll find waiting staff at restaurants and hotel porters expect tips. However the amounts given are more British and simply rounding up the tab for snacks or giving ten per cent for dinner in restaurants is an acceptable amount. Leave small tips on the table or hand them directly to your waiter.

    VACCINATIONS:

    No vaccinations are required by law to enter Australia unless you are arriving from a country infected by Yellow Fever in the week preceding arrival.

    HEALTH CONCERNS:

    Water in towns and cities is safe to drink. You are strongly advised to take out travel insurance before travelling to Australia. Standards of health care are very high but doctors and hospitals may require payment immediately for any treatment provided. A reciprocal agreement with the UK means that emergency hospital treatment is free for UK residents. You will have to apply for the waiver but can do so following any treatment you receive. For non-essential medical attention, ambulance transport and prescription drugs you will be charged.

    Note that the sun in Australia is very harsh indeed - use loads of sun cream, cover up, wear hats and sunglasses - and make sure that the kids do too. Getting seriously sunburnt in the first few days of your holiday will ruin the rest of it.

    The other major concern for visitors is the wildlife and insects - and Australia has a vast and varied collection of dangerous animals, including spiders, snakes and certain jellyfish. However, basic precautions in this regard will make your holiday as safe as possible, and the locals will be able to explain how best to deal with any incidents. Bear in mind that the vast majority of Aussies will never be bothered by anything more harmful than mosquitoes for their whole life.

    A reciprocal agreement with the UK means that emergency hospital treatment is free for UK residents. You will have to apply for the waiver but can do so following any treatment you receive. For non-essential medical attention, ambulance transport and prescription drugs you will be charged.

    PERSONAL SAFETY:

    On the whole, Australia is one of the world's safer countries in terms of crime. People are generally good-natured towards visitors, Australians are great travellers themselves and thus largely tolerant of the many tourists that land on their own shores.

    The only crime you are likely to be a victim of is petty theft, and common sense precautions are usually sufficient to deter would-be thieves. Crowded areas are naturally where your belongings are most vulnerable so watch out at any of the big tourist attractions.

    British and New Zealand visitors (particularly males) might find themselves on the receiving end of "sledging" or "banter", usually good humoured teasing but often littered with bad language which may cause offence. Your interlocutor will usually apologise if you make your discomfort known. If not put it down to exuberant excess and move on.

    The Aussies have a similar drink culture to the British and a few too many beers are the most common cause of altercations - simply avoid people who appear the worst for wear and you'll be fine.

    Beaches are manned by life safety staff for your protection, but people are at risk while on the beach. To maximise your enjoyment of the many beautiful beaches that Australia possesses, and minimise risk, you should read these pertinent points on beach safety, as issued by the Surf Life Saving Association.

    PHRASEBOOK:

    Although the main language of Australia is English , you'll be excused for not recognising much of what is said to you during your stay. Australians have a vast range of nicknames for just about everything and talk quickly. Here are a few "aussie" words to brush up on before your trip.

    English Australian slang ('Stralian)
    Australia Oz
    Genuine Australian True Blue
    Toilet or outhouse  Dunny
    Bottle of Beer   Stubby, tallie
    Can of beer   Tinnie, tube
    Glass of Beer Schooner, Pint
    Derogatory term for the British Pom
    Derogatory term for an American  Seppo
    An Australian female Sheila
    Good grief 'Strewth
    Barbecue Barbie
    Waterhole  Billabong
    Kangaroo Bouncing beef
    Baby kangaroo Joey
    The vast internal areas of Australia  Bush
    Pleased     Rapt
    Chicken Chook
    Trousers Dacks, duds, strides
    A sausage Snag
    Afternoon Arvo

    Travel Tips for New Zealand

    New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciation. Capital Wellington, on the North Island, is home to Te Papa Tongarewa, the expansive national museum. Wellington’s dramatic Mt. Victoria, along with the South Island’s Fiordland and Southern Lakes, stood in for mythical Middle Earth in Peter Jackson’s "Lord of the Rings" films.

    It’s hard not to fall in love with New Zealand. A popular travel destination for solo explorers and adventurous troupes alike, the country knows how to charm its visitors with the right amount of friendliness. Obviously, a bit of planning will make your trip so much easier giving you truly embrace the Kiwi experience.

    Spectacular glaciers, picturesque fiords, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hillsides, subtropical forest, volcanic plateau, miles of coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches - it’s all here. No wonder New Zealand is becoming so popular as a location for movies.

    Lying in the south-west Pacific, New Zealand consists of two main islands - the North Island and the South Island. Stewart Island and many smaller islands lie offshore.

    The North Island of New Zealand has a 'spine' of mountain ranges running through the middle, with gentle rolling farmland on both sides. The central North Island is dominated by the Volcanic Plateau, an active volcanic and thermal area. The massive Southern Alps form the backbone of the South Island. To the east of the Southern Alps is the rolling farmland of Otago and Southland, and the vast, flat Canterbury Plains.

    BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO NEW ZEALAND:

    Fall – [March, April, May] Fall in New Zealand is gorgeous. It's one of the best times to plan your New Zealand vacation since the summer crowds have left, the attractions charge off peak rates, and the weather is amazing. If you visit Auckland, you'll be able to wear shorts or your most comfortable summer dress still.

    GEOGRAPHY & CLIMATE:

    New Zealand experiences four seasons. Summer starts in December and ends in February, although March is also a warm month. Winter lasts from June to August, but September and October can also be cold. New Zealand has a temperate climate and the climate is also maritime meaning that it is affected by the sea. This accounts for less extreme differences in temperature between seasons as you would otherwise find on continents, although there are two areas that are classified as continental which is the centre of each main island. New Zealand also has a large variety of micro-climates which are variations of the temperate climate. These variations are pronounced and the result of mountainous that run up the spine of both islands with westerly winds depositing moisture on the west of both islands leaving drier lands to the east. The north of New Zealand is frost free making it suitable for growing some tropical fruit while on the South Island, there exist large areas of perpetual snow and glaciers within the Southern Alps.

    New Zealand lies between 37 and 47 degrees south of the Tropic of Capricorn. Both the North and South Islands of New Zealand enjoy moderate, maritime climate, weather and temperatures.

    New Zealand weather and climate is of paramount importance to the people of New Zealand, as many New Zealanders make their living from the land. New Zealand has mild temperatures, moderately high rainfall, and many hours of sunshine throughout most of the country. New Zealand's climate is dominated by two main geographical features: the mountains and the sea.

    THINGS TO DO:

    Exploring New Zealand's magnificent landscapes and coastline tops the list for many. Fantastic cycling and walking trails dot the country from north to south or try kayaking, sailing or diving. 

    If you're after New Zealand's famous adventure activities and extreme sports, there's a myriad to choose from. Bungy jumping a must-do; while rafting, jet boating, sky diving and zip lining offer a similar rush.

    Not sure where to start? Check out our ultimate New Zealand bucket list. or lovers of quality Hobbiton Movie Set, offer the chance to see the film locations for yourself. 

    If you're looking to relax and take it easy on holiday, beautiful hot pools, cultural attractions and art galleries will keep you entertained. 

    This is just a few of the things to do in New Zealand. Better start planning your  

    TRANSPORT:

    Public transport in New Zealand exists in many of the country's urban areas, and takes a number of forms. Bus transport is the main form of public transport. Two major cities, Auckland and Wellington, also have suburban rail systems which have been gaining more patronage and new investment in recent years. Some cities also operate local ferry services. There are no remaining tram (i.e. light rail) systems active anywhere in New Zealand (except for some museum systems and a tourist-oriented service at Wynyard Quarter in Auckland and in Christchurch), though trams (and their horse-drawn predecessors) once had a major role in New Zealand's public transport.

    Bus - Buses are the cheapest and most common form of public transport available for travelling between towns and cities. Intercity and Naked Bus are the two          main providers of this service, and fares start from around NZ$10.

    Although not public transport, hop-on hop-off buses are also a popular way to get around New Zealand, especially among backpackers. Choose your pass and make up your itinerary as you go along.

    Train - Trains are not a common form of public transport in New Zealand; however there are three main train lines operated by KiwiRail: Auckland to             Wellington (Northern Explorer), Picton to Christchurch (Coastal Pacific), and Christchurch to the West Coast (the TranzAlpine - considered one fo the             most scenic rail journeys in the world). Train tickets start from around NZ$49 per person.

    Ferry - Ferries are popular for travel between the North and South Islands. The two major providers are InterIslander and Bluebridge, and fares start at NZ$55             for foot passengers. Taking the ferry means you’ll experience the beautiful Marlborough Sounds on your way into or out of Picton.

    Ferry travel is also available between the mainland and New Zealand’s offshore islands, including Waiheke, Rangitoto and Great Barrier near Auckland city, and Stewart Island just below the South Island. In some coastal areas, ferries connect towns which are closer via water than via road – including Russell and Paihia in the Bay of Islands

    Water taxis are smaller vessels which offer a scheduled service visiting the small ports which ferries can’t reach – handy for reaching out of the way hiking and mountain biking spots in places like Queen Charlotte Sounds and Abel Tasman National Park.

    SHOPPING:

    The major supermarkets are a rip-off. The reason is simple: it's a monopoly. Or rather, a cosy duopoly, where Foodstuffs and Progressive own nearly every supermarket in the country. Foodstuffs is New Zealand's second-biggest business behind Fonterra (another monopoly that controls the huge NZ milk industry).

    It sounds the wrong way around, but you can get food that's much cheaper and much better quality at markets and smaller retailers.

    Try farm shops, farmers markets, delis and asian supermarkets, where you can get everything in one go. Yes, even specialist delis are cheaper than supermarkets.

    The biggest price difference is for real Parmesan cheese. Supermarkets charge twice as much as delis for the same product. (eg. $90/kg vs $45/kg) Although they are part of the duopoly, Pak n Save has the lowest supermarket prices (Source: Consumer Magazine).

    The brand name Pak n Save is a play on words because their policy is to not bag your food. They price-scan your food and put it into a second trolley, which you then wheel to another area, where you unload it all and pack it into shopping bags.

    You’ll be able to make most of the purchases you need in your first few days here using your credit card. Practically all shops and businesses in New Zealand accept the major cards. It’s a good idea however to use cash for some purchases - for example, taxis put a surcharge on fares paid with a card. You can get cash from ATMs (automatic teller machines). They’re easy to find here and they all have the Cirrus and Plus interbanking systems, so if you still have an account in your home country you’ll be able to access that. Sooner rather than later you’ll need a local card, linked to a New Zealand bank. For information about setting up a bank account here check our Money and Tax section.

    New Zealand supermarkets are open seven days a week until quite late in the evening. As well as food and drink, supermarkets here sell various household items. If you’re aged 18 or over you can also buy wine and beer in supermarkets.

    If you can’t get to a supermarket, you can choose from a smaller range of food items at a local ‘dairy’. A dairy is the Kiwi name for a small convenience or corner store.

    Likewise, some petrol stations have basic food and household items. Most suburbs have cafes, restaurants and takeaway outlets.

    New Zealanders get around by car, so the larger retailers tend to set up shop on cheaper land on the edge of town. They’ll either have their own store - sometimes a ‘mega store’ - or they’ll be part of a shopping centre, sitting alongside smaller specialty stores. Most New Zealand cities and towns have at least one shopping centre. Most retailers are open at least six days a week, from 9:00am to 5pm. Weekend hours are sometimes limited in smaller towns.

    NEW ZEALAND CURRENCY:
    1 USD = 1.57 NZD

    Coins: Coins have a value of 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, $1 and $2.
    Notes have a value of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

    EXCHANGE:

    Although currency can be exchanged in most banks, airports and currency exchange kiosks in city centres in New Zealand, we recommend exchanging some cash before arriving in New Zealand where you are more likely to find a better deal. There are no restrictions on how much cash you can bring into New Zealand, however, those who bring in NZ$10,000 or more must complete a Border Cash Report.

    When withdrawing money from a New Zealand bank from your Visa or MasterCard, the money will be withdrawn in New Zealand Dollars.

    The best way to exchange currency, for those staying in New Zealand on an extended trip or working holiday, is to transfer money from your home bank account to your New Zealand bank account.

    All major international credit cards can be used in New Zealand and Travellers Cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some stores. If your credit card is encoded with a PIN number you will be able to withdraw cash from automatic teller machines (ATMs) situated at banks and shopping centres throughout the country.

    FOOD:

    Trying the local cuisine is part of the parcel that is travelling! Everyone has got to eat, so why not try some of the famous New Zealand food while you’re here?

    Ok, so admittedly, New Zealand is world-famous for it’s culinary delights, but there are certainly some meals, snacks, desserts and even drinks that Kiwi are extremely proud to claim as their own. As a country with around 14,000km of coastline, it comes as no surprise that seafood is especially a favourite among Kiwis with a wealth of shellfish and fish. Food, or “kai”, has been a significant part of the Maori culture for thousands of years so it’s a must to try a traditional Maori dish, whether it’s hangi, fried bread or kawakawa tea!

    Although there are many more New Zealand food we could add to this list, here are the foods you can’t miss in New Zealand!

    HANGI:

    Let’s start with the traditional Maori hangi! This is involves meat and vegetables slow-cooked in an underground oven. Although it was a common cooking method for thousands of years in New Zealand, today a hangi is saved for more special occasions (mainly because it takes all day to prepare!) Prepare to be overfed but extremely satisfied at hangi meals as part of Maori cultural experiences.

    CRAYFISH:

    Crayfish, also known as lobster, is a Kiwi favourite mostly because it something many fishermen and divers pride on catching themselves. Known to cost NZ$80 for a full crayfish, it’s not exactly the most affordable food, but it’s definitely worth a try when the opportunity presents itself! Then you’ll understand why Kiwis go cray cray for crayfish!

    HOKEY POKEY ICE CREAM:

    Kiwis prefer Hokey Pokey ice cream (that’s caramelised honeycomb) over pretty much anything. If there’s only one ice cream flavour you’re going to try in New Zealand, make it Hokey Pokey!

    KINA:

    Ok, New Zealanders love their seafood so we’ll just hop straight onto another foodie delight from the ocean. Kina is the local name for a type of sea urchin with a hard spiky outer shell and thin fleshy (and edible) insides. It has been a New Zealand delicacy for centuries!

    KIWI BURGER:

    You’ll either think it’s weird or it’s genius! What makes a “Kiwi burger” Kiwi is the fact it has beetroot and fried egg along with your standard burger patties and whatever else between two burger buns. Don’t knock it until you try it!

    DRINK:

    The backpacker lifestyle or the ‘holiday’ part of your working holiday in New Zealand may involve drinking a refreshing beverage or two. As a producer of wines, beers and even spirits, there are plenty of drinks in New Zealand you will be thankful to try!

    Although we all have our tastes, this list of drinks in New Zealand you have to try tries to pick something for everyone. So next time you are at the bar in New Zealand, you might be inspired to try something new. Remember, to have valid ID when buying alcohol in New Zealand. Find out more in What ID is Valid for Buying Alcohol in New Zealand?

    Here are our favourite New Zealand produced drinks and general drinks that New Zealand does well.

    L&P:

    We’ll sneak a beverage on this list just because it’s very proudly Kiwi. L&P stands for “Lemon & Paeroa” named after the North Island town and sweet than Sprite.

    MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC WINE:

    Any wine from Marlborough, the sunniest and driest region in New Zealand, is bound to please the taste buds. Sauvignon Blanc is New Zealand’s most vastly produced and famous wine. Experience Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough itself. Check out Marlborough – Guide for Backpackers.

    APPLE CIDER:

    Taste an apple in New Zealand and you know these apples lead to good things. One of those things is apple cider. Order a cider from any New Zealand bar and chances are you will have a good pint. From our experience, the paler the cider the better.

    CRAFT BEER:

    There is a huge craft beer culture in New Zealand. With more than 160 breweries across the country, it would be a sin to not try some of that hoppy goodness while you are in New Zealand. What’s more you can even take part in a beer experience with brewery tours. Check out 5 Brewery Tours in New Zealand and 10 Craft Breweries in Nelson You Have to Try.

    COFFEE:

    New Zealanders are kind of obsessed about their coffee. If it isn’t barista-made with frothy milk, then it’s not worth talking about. Most cafes in New Zealand have high-quality barista-made coffee with highly-trained baristas. Plus, the latte art is always fun!

    MULLED CIDER:

    A winter warmer in the form of cider, good mulled cider is made with spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. It is particularly popular in Queenstown over the winter season.

    SPEIGHT’S BEER:

    Featuring obscure trivia under the bottle cap about old New Zealand sports teams, Speight’s was established in Dunedin in 1876 and has been going strong in New Zealand ever since. Make sure to check out one of Speight’s Ale Houses for a complementing food and beer/cider combinations.

    STOLEN RUM:

    This New Zealand rum is steadily growing in international popularity, but why not taste it in the country in which it was fashioned. Try the bizarre coffee & cigarettes spiced rum with cola.

    ELECTRICITY:

    Electricity is supplied throughout New Zealand at 230/240 volts (50 hertz), although most hotels and motels provide 110 volt AC sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only.

    For all other equipment, an adapter/converter is necessary, unless the item has a multi-voltage option. Please note that power outlets only accept flat three or two-pin plugs, depending on whether an earth connection is fitted.

    PERSONAL SAFETY:

    New Zealand is an attractive travel destination but crime has been on the rise. Does this mean that you have to avoid visiting this beautiful piece of Earth? Is New Zealand safe? This question seems to be the topic of the day and a question that is both on the tongues of locals and tourists. The fact of the matter is that nowhere on Earth can be seen as safe in this day and age. You need to be vigilant wherever you are and wherever you go. This also applies to New Zealand!

    In addition, homelessness is a rapidly increasing problem in New Zealand, and especially in bigger cities like Auckland and Wellington, so it is not unlikely to be bothered by homeless people who live on the streets, especially at night.

    Do not leave valuables in your car -If you stopped or parked your car somewhere, do not leave any valuables in your car. This may seem a bit paranoid, but even when I stop to fill up the car tank, I usually take my valuables along with me when I go into the gas station’s shop to pay. Lock up your car and motel room when you leave.This goes hand in hand with the do not leave valuables behind tip. While locking up does not guarantee that someone will not break in, you will be making it harder for them to do so.

    Kiwis (i.e., New Zealanders) are very friendly and helpful people who will raise the alarm if you go missing. Do not be afraid to visit New Zealand, but don’t be negligent either of the dangers. New Zealand is like any other country in the world, so take the same safety precautions you would take in any other country in the world. Enjoy New Zealand and its people when you visit. It’s one of the most gorgeous countries in the world.

    HEALTH CONCERNS:

    Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in New Zealand, so your behaviors are important.  Eat and drink safely Prevent bug bites, Stay safe outdoors, Keep away from animals, Reduce your exposure to germs Avoid sharing body fluids, Know how to get medical care while traveling, Select safe transportation,Maintain personal security

    Medical services New Zealand health care is of a high international standard, with hospitals and medical clinics in all cities and towns.  For ambulance, fire or the police, call 1-1-1 from anywhere in New Zealand.

    Health centres are marked by a red Star of David on a white background.

    NEW ZEALAND VACCINATIONS:

    No vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand. Also, the tap water here is safe to drink.

    SAFETY AND SECURITY:

    Below are a few hints and tips to ensure you have a hassle-free holiday in New Zealand:

    New Zealand is one of the safest travel destinations in the world, however you should always observe the same precautions with your personal safety and belongings as you would in any other country or at home.

    Go places with someone you know and trust, if possible. Be aware of your surroundings when walking and sightseeing. Stay in well-lit places and with other people when out late at night. Don’t take short cuts through parks or alleys. Take a taxi or get a ride with someone you know instead of walking alone. Hitch hiking is NOT recommended in New Zealand. Lock your accommodation (including campervans) and windows at night. 

    Lock your accommodation (including campervans) and windows at night.  Safety in the outdoors
    No doubt you’ll be experiencing New Zealand’s great outdoors – check out these tips to help you stay safe:

    Sign in whenever asked to. If you've signed in but not out, it's a clue to authorities that you could be in trouble.

    Leave a detailed trip plan with the Department of Conservation or a friend including a ‘panic’ date. The more details they have about your intentions, the quicker you’ll be rescued if something goes wrong.

    Check the forecast before heading off and prepare for worst-case scenarios. Don’t underestimate the weather.

    Take advice from people who know the area you're planning to tramp or climb.
    Rivers can be killers. If it's running too strong to walk through, wait until the levels drop. Be conservative.

    Going with others is better than going alone. Consider using a personal locator beacon, especially if you’re traveling alone.

    If lost - seek shelter and stay where you are. Use a flashlight/camera flash to attract attention at night. Try to position something brightly-colored and visible from the air to help a helicopter search during the day. 

    PHRASEBOOK:

    Maori phrases
    Several Maori phrases are commonly used in New Zealand English
    Aotearoa - New Zealand. Often translated as "The Land of the Long White Cloud" 
    Kia ora - Hello (informal). Literally means "be healthy".
    Tena koe - Hello to one person (formal)
    Tena korua - Hello to two people (formal)
    Tena koutou - Hello to three or more people (formal)
    Haere mai - Welcome 
    Haere ra - Farewell (said to the person who is leaving)
    E noho ra - Farewell (said to the person who is staying)

    Welcome Haere mai/Nau mai
    Hello Kia ora (single person)
    Kia ora rā kōrua (two persons) 
    Kia ora koutou (three or more persons) 
    Tēnā koe (formal for single person)  
    Tēnā kōrua (formal for two persons) 
    Tēnā koutou (formal for three or more persons)
    How are you? Kei te pēhea koe?
    I am fine, thanks. And you?  Kei te pai.
    Long time no see. He roa te wā kua kitea.
    What’s your name? Ko wai tōu ingoa?
    My name is … Ko … ahau
    Where are you from?   Nō hea koe?
    I am from… Nō … ahau.
    Good morning. Kia ora/Ata mārie/Mōrena
    Good afternoon/evening  Kia ora
    Good night    Pō mārie
    Goodbye E noho rā (if you are the one leaving)
    E haere rā (this is said by the person staying) Hei kona rā (informal)
    Good luck Kia waimarie
    Cheers/Good health! Mauri ora! Kia ora!
    Have a nice day Kia pai tō rā
    Bon appetit Kia mākona
    Bon voyage Kia pai te haere
    I don’t understand Kaore au e mārama / Aroha mai
    Please speak more slowly (Tēnā koa = please, can be omitted) āta kōrero
    Please say that again (Tēnā koa = please, can be omitted) kōrero mai anō
    Please write it down Tuhia (koa)
    Do you speak Māori? He reo Māori tōu?
    Yes, a little Āe, he iti
    How do you say … in Māori? He aha te kupu Māori mō …?
    Excuse me/Sorry Arohaina mai
    How much is this? He aha te utu?
    Sorry Arohaina mai / Mō Taku Hē
    Thank you Kia ora (is generally accepted)
    Where’s the toilet? Kei hea te wharepaku?
    Would you like to dance with me? Ka Pīrangi koe ki te kanikani tahi tāua?
    Yes Ae
    No Kaore
    I love you Kei te aroha au ki a koe
    Get well soon Kia piki te ora
    Leave me alone! Haere atu!
    Help! Āwhina!
    Fire! Ahi!
    Stop! Kāti!
    Be careful! Kia Tūpato!
    Be quiet! Turituri!
    Call the police! Waea atu ki te Pirihimana!
    Merry Christmas Meri Kirihimete me ngā mihi o te tau hou ki a
    and a Happy New Year koutou katoa
    Happy Easter Ngā mihi o te Aranga
    Happy Birthday Rā Whānau ki a Koe!
    One language is never enough Kore rawa e rawaka te reo kotahi

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