Into the Wild of the South Pacific: Excursions for the Adventurist
Yearning to explore the untouched beauty of remote islands, snorkel in vibrant colorful reefs, hike ethereal glaciers, or fly over mountain tops? If you resonate, the South Pacific is for you. We have been doing years of research, finding the top things to do in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. We strongly believe these areas are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts – let us showcase why!
Here are our top recommendations for travelers who love admiring the outdoors.
– AUSTRALIA –
PAY A VISIT TO THE RED CENTER
Not only is Uluru a sacred and profound cultural site in Australia, but it also radiates natural beauty. In the heart of the continent, this monolith's sheer size and majesty offers a surreal experience. We recommend going with a knowledgeable guide who will lead the way around the base of Uluru and enrich you with the geographical history, the significance of each crevice in the rock, and the tales of the Anangu people. End the trip at the Mutijulu Waterhole, an oasis with ancient caves and Aboriginal rock paintings located at the foot of Uluru. Sit back and watch the magic unfold as the golden Australian sunset beams a vibrant red on the rock and watch the history come to life.
SNORKEL THROUGH THE UNDERWATER WORLD OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Beneath the clear waters off the coast of Queensland lies an underwater world filled with colorful marine life – The Great Barrier Reef. For those adventurous at heart, snorkeling through the world’s largest living structure is something that cannot be missed. The coral gardens are bursting with color, stretching over 1,400 miles, and teeming with biodiversity. We recommend going alongside a guide who can navigate you through this kaleidoscopic wonderland and to ensure you are doing it safely, as many operators are involved in reef conservation efforts. So, grab your snorkel gear and sunscreen and plunge into one of earth’s most magical wonders!
– NEW ZEALAND –
STARGAZE FROM MOUNT COOK
New Zealand has some of the world’s best stargazing – especially on Mount Cook! Located within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve and standing at a staggering elevation of 12,218 feet, Mount Cook is the country’s tallest peak with minimal light pollution, making it an optimal destination to see the Southern Hemisphere stars. This exceptional quality stargazing is perfect for astronomers, folks who love to be in the heart of the alps, and those fascinated by the cosmos. If you want to see the Milky Way at its brightest, make sure to go during New Zealand’s winter months between June and July.
SOAR OVER THE VOLCANIC ODYSSEY OF MOUNT TARAWERA
Get the bird's-eye view of one of New Zealand's geological wonders, Mount Tarawera! Take a helicopter ride over this iconic volcano, located in the Rotorua region of New Zealand's North Island. This mountain erupted in 1886, reshaping the surrounding terrain, but now stands as tribute to the power and beauty of nature. Take the opportunity to witness the volcanic craters, ancient lava flows, and the rugged terrain that make this region so extraordinary. This excursion will leave a lasting impression, especially for the outdoorsman.
HIKE THE FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER
Looking for the ultimate outdoor experience? Fasten up your boots and crampons and hike the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand’s Westland National Park. The journey starts at Franz Josef Village, located at the base of the glacier. From there, take a thrilling 10-minute helicopter ride and marvel at panoramic views as you soar over the stunning Southern Alps and Westland National Park. After about 2 hours of hiking, (we recommend with a well-versed guide), you will traverse through the center of the glacier. This ice mountain beckons outdoor lovers from around the world to take in its breathtaking natural beauty.
– FIJI –
SOAR THROUGH THE TREETOPS
Fiji is known for its crystal blue waters, dense rainforests, and warm hospitality – and better yet, a place for outdoor enthusiasts to flock. We recommend gaining a new perspective on this tropical paradise on a ziplining adventure in Momi Bay. Located on the west coast of the island of Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island, Momi Bay offers a heart-pounding experience that has breathtaking views of its lush surroundings. Glide through the picturesque region known for its white beaches, clean waters, and swaying palm trees. This is an experience where you will soak in all the natural beauty of Fiji combined with an adrenaline rush.
The South Pacific truly stands as a haven for the ultimate outdoorsman, offering a diverse playground of adventure. And the best part? Avanti is your trusted partner in unlocking these incredible journeys. With a wide array of thoughtfully curated tours, we bring your clients closer to the South Pacific's most captivating destinations, ensuring every moment is filled with discovery. So, gear up, explore the unknown, and let us and our exceptional DMC partners guide you on a remarkable expedition through the untamed beauty of the South Pacific, where adventure knows no bounds. If you're a traveler looking to explore, connect with your Travel Advisor today!
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