Activities, Tours, and Day Trips in the Pacific

Types of Activities

The countries of the Pacific region including Australia and New Zealand offer plenty of terrific sights and activities to keep travelers busy. Australia and New Zealand are both large and diverse, and somewhat costly compared to other nearby nations. In these countries, some of the cities can be affordable, while others are very expensive. If you're on a tight budget, plenty of activities and day trips are available at affordable prices, and they are a great deal of fun, too.


The big cities of Australia and New Zealand offer a great mix of local culture, historical sights, and nightlife right along with modern conveniences. Urban centers such as Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Darwin, Cairns, and Brisbane contain thriving art and music scenes, world-class restaurants, accommodation options for every budget, facinating architecture, a dynamic and intracate history, a raging nightlife, and more. Walking tours, Segway tours, bike trips, historical overviews, and other activities await your arrival.


The countries of this region also offer plenty of outdoor activities. Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Pacific Island nations have large national park and natural areas where the scenery and wildlife is preserved and protected. It's possible to trek through mountains or along the coast to see wildlife, amazing vistas, and alusive birds. Furthermore, the coastlines of Australia and New Zealand are filled not just with great beaches, but protected marine refuges and park areas. Also, travelers can visit local towns and communities as well as the mountains of the interior for hiking, trekking, camping, fishing, or biking.

Winter Sports

The Rockies cut through the western half of North America for thousands of miles, and offer easy access to these world-famous and gorgeous mountains. With snow much of the year, it's no surprise that skiing and snowboarding are popular here. From Colorado all the way up to Jasper National Park in Canada, ski resorts can be found everywhere. Also, the eastern mountain ranges offer skiing even though the mountains are not as dramatic. And prices tend to be a little less, too.

Water Sports

The coastal areas of the Australia and New Zealand is what often what draws visitors to this region. Both the east and west coasts of Australia bring in millions of visitors every year. They abound with beaches and other water activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, fishing, and sailing. The famous Great Barrier Reef is just one of the many reasons people flock to the area.Surfing and nightlife are also popular with tourists. It's not hard to find someone to take you out into the water - whether it's for a romantic dinner cruise or an adventure with the creatures under the sea.

Food and Cuisine

The cities and the rural areas of Australia and New Zealand are home to world class culinary treats. The cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Auckland, just to name a few, have multiple restaurants that are world famous. But if you're on a budget, don't worry, there are plenty of hole-in-the-wall places with exquisite options as well. Try out a food tour to hop through a variety of restaurants in one day to taste it all. Or perhaps a bar crawl is more your style? And don't forget about the vinyards of Victoria and New South Wales! Either way, make sure that you take the time to experience some of the best food in the world.
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