In the northern hemisphere, the New Year festivities and months that follow are usually marked by bitterly cold and gloomy weather, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, but for countries in the southern hemisphere - like Australia and New Zealand – this is the time for sun-filled voyages of discovery – to explore nature’s wonders in their full summer majesty, to spend some quality time with your family and loved ones, and to indulge in your destination’s unique beauty, which will colour your holiday with pure happiness.
Fly THAI to create your own journey and explore the colours of summer, with activities that will make your holiday the most memorable ever.
Explore the North and South Islandson a road trip
One of the best ways to explore New Zealand’s extraordinary geography is by car, which will, from north to south, allow you to experience the breathtaking landscapes of the Land of the Kiwi. Follow one of the country’s exciting ‘themed highways’.The Twin Coasts Discovery Highway, which begins in Auckland and leads to the northernmost tip of Cape Reinga, offers opportunities for water activities, along with beautiful beaches and cultural experiences; Thermal Explorer is a wonderful route that leads to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the geothermal areas of Rotorua and Lake Taupo. Alpine Pacific Triangletakes in whale watching in Kaikoura, Waipara’s delicious food and wine, Hanmer Springs’ spa delights, and the picturesque Pacific coast to Dunedin, before connecting with the Southern Scenic Route and ending in the popular holiday destination of Queenstown.
New Zealand’s roads are safe and easy to drive, with facilities at the major stops along the way. Car rentals offer a variety of choices,from minivan to motorhome, making summer in the southern hemisphere a perfect New Year holiday.
New Zealand from a bird’s eye view
The spectacular sights of New Zealand’s amazing beauty can be enjoyed from the air. Scenic flights offer breathtaking views and an unforgettable way to experience New Zealand. Glimpse the extraordinary beauty of volcanoes scattered across the North Island and land on active ones. Take a small plane for the view of the coast ofNorth Island and observe the marine mammals in Kaikoura. Flightsee on a ski plane overthe snow-capped mountains of South Island and make a landing on a glacier on Mount Cook, or take a helicopter out on a wine tasting excursion, which will make your summer holiday even brighter.
New Zealand has long been the home of adventure tourism. Enjoy once in a lifetime experiences: bungy jumping at Lake Tauto or Auckland Harbour Bridge, skydiving in Queenstown, caving at Waitomo Caves – where you can climb and raft in the dark for a glow worm encounter, white-water rafting (from tranquil grade 1 to the extreme grade 5), or choose from the many other great activities on offer.
Enjoy a coastal walk at Bondi Beach, Sydney
Bondi Beach, the most famous in Sydney, offers an array of water sports like surfing, diving and swimming. You are sure to enjoy beach activities like skating, sipping your favourite drink on the beach and watching both amateur and pro surfers, or having a picnic with your family. If you’re feeling more energetic, try the 6-kilometer coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee Beach, with its many spectacular spots along the way. There are plenty of places to take arest and well-equipped picnic huts. Grab your sunglasses, sunscreen, and comfy shoes and go out to greet the Australian summer with your own holiday mood.
Dip into cultural experiences in Melbourne
Melbourne, the second largest city after Sydney in terms of economy, is truly Australia’s centre of art and culture. In the summer months of January and February, Victoria’s capital plays host to a number of sporting and cultural events. One of the four major world tennis Grand Slams, the Australian Open 2018, is held between 15 and 28 January. Australia Day, on January 26, is one of the country’s largest celebrations and features parades and performances both day and night. Art and music lovers shouldn’t miss St.Kilda Festival, a summer celebration which is held for nine days in February. If you are a fan of plays and musicals, check out the Pop-up Globe, a replica of Shakespere’s theatre, or other broadway musicals that are lined up for you to enjoy.
Enjoy summer activities in Brisbane
Brisbane, the capital of Queensland and its most populous city, is a destination packed with summer festivals and activities. Besides the New Year celebration, January and February are the time you can enjoy a parade of fun events. For art aficionados, the exhibition ‘Life is the Heart of a Rainbow’ by leading contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama will fire your imagination. Theatre goers can enjoy productions of Aladdin and Mamma Mia, and if you are a sports fan, prepare to be thrilled by the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens Tournament andthe Brisbane Tennis International, which features superstars including Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and defending champions Grigor Dimitrov and Karolina Pliskova. You can shop till you drop at Queen Street Mall, home to more than 1,000 stores, or take a trip to Moreton Island, the world’s third largest sand island, and watch the wild dolphins. Summer in Brisbane is a great idea!
Follow the food and wine trail in Perth
Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, is Australia’s fourth most populous. It is famous both as a paradise for nature lovers and as a heaven for wine lovers. Perth is home to the country’s oldest wine region, with more than 40 wineries in Swan Valley and over 200 more along the Margaret River. Drive one of the scenic roads and stop off to enjoy the many attractions and buy fresh farm produce, browse the arts and craft market for unusual nick-nacks and souvenirs, or choose a wine tour to indulge your taste buds. Perth has plenty to offer you this summer.
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