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- South Island
- West Coast and Glaciers
- Western Australia
- Beaches & boats
- Food & wine
- Round the world
- Wildlife & nature
I've been with Austravel for almost three years now before which I worked and travelled around Australia for 18 months. I've also lived and worked in Canada where I first learnt to snowboard. This led on to spending three winters in New Zealand working in ski resorts and taking every opportunity to travel around the country. Nearly all my travels revolve around surfing and snowboarding so needless to say I like keeping active while I’m away. I'm always up for a bit of an adrenalin rush too. Overall, I love visiting places with interesting wildlife and experiencing different landscapes, and Australia and New Zealand definitely tick both those boxes.
I love the South Island of New Zealand. It has such diverse terrain and some fantastic endemic wildlife, particularly the range of birds. Plus, there’s so much to do and see, from swimming with dolphins and whale watching, to snowboarding, surfing, kayaking or just enjoying a nice day out at a vineyard.
Great white shark cage diving from Port Lincoln in South Australia. Nothing prepares you for actually seeing a great white shark up close. They're very graceful, majestic creatures and are fantastic to watch in their natural environment. I have to admit that I was a little bit scared, but you’re very well looked after. It’s an experience like no other, and definitely something I can now strike off my bucket list.
I love to surf when I'm travelling. The waves in the UK don't really compare to Australia, and neither does the weather. The same goes for snowboarding in New Zealand.
I also really enjoy seeing the native wildlife when I'm away; you can't beat seeing animals in their natural habitat. Plus, the places that are good for wildlife spotting are usually extremely scenic.
Tip 1: Plan your excursions before you go. You don’t want to spend time researching or booking while you’re away and miss out on other things you could be doing. However much you tell yourself you'll do a specific trip when you get somewhere, unless it's pre-booked on your itinerary, you may still miss out.
Tip 2: Don't be afraid of stepping outside of your comfort zone. It’s all part of the fun of travel. You won't regret doing something while you're away, but you may regret having not done something when you get home.
Tip 3: Make sure you enjoy the local food and drink. Don't be put off if you haven't tried something before. Food is always better when it’s fresh and local, and if something is particularly popular in an area you're visiting, there’s probably a good reason for it.
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