Christchurch

Christchurch is a vibrant ever-changing garden city and is the perfect hub to explore the natural wonders of the South Island with wineries, beaches, ski resorts, mountain ranges and national parks all within a few hours drive.

This is a dynamic city home to trendy retail precincts and boutiques. Food lovers will rejoice with numerous pop-up cafes, restaurants and bars, as well as an array of world-class wineries a short drive away.

If you love the outdoor lifestyle Christchurch offers a number of beaches and a diverse range of sports and activities.

Wellington

From coffee culture to chic couture, the streets of Wellington are lined with cafes and restaurants for every appetite, as well as boutique and department store shopping for every taste and budget.

The ‘great outdoors’ are truly great in Wellington. Picturesque mountains surround and slope down towards beautiful Wellington Harbour and neighbouring bays. If that sounds too relaxing, adventure sports like bungee jumping, sky diving, and zip lines are all over the city.

Movie fans shouldn’t miss ‘Wellywood’ and the Weta Cave movie museum for a chance to see behind the scenes exhibits and props from ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘The Hobbit’ and more.

Darwin

The Northern Terriotry’s capital is famous for it’s festivals and markets, Aboriginal culture and art and of course, crocodiles! The Mindil Beach Markets are one of the most popular spots, as well as the sparkling Darwin Waterfront with it’s strip of drinking and dining options.

 

From Darwin, sail across the harbour to the Tiwi Islands, drive yourself through Kakadu and venture into Litchfield National Park. The city is the gateway to plenty of day trips and weekend escapes.

Hobart

From exploring the charming historic areas of Salamanca Place and Battery Point to visiting iconic MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) there is something for every taste in Hobart. Tasmania’s capital is also a great place to base yourself when exploring the island’s southern areas including Port Arthur and The Huon.

 

Hobart boasts exceptional quality fresh produce, found at farmers markets, cafes and restaurants around town. Foodies enjoy fresh seafood and seasonal fruits such as raspberries, apples and cooler climate wines such as Pinot Noir.

 

For spectacular views across Hobart, make your way up Mount Wellington or Mount Nelson. Nature walks are a popular activity for visitors and locals, with hiking trails all around the city outskirts.

Adelaide

Home to famous wineries and produce farms, Adelaide is a mecca for foodies and lovers of wine. As Australia’s very own ‘city of churches’, Adelaide draws history buffs and those who appreciate great architecture, to the many heritage-listed churches and other buildings from early settlement.

 

Connoisseurs of wine and beer feel right at home among the wineries and boutique breweries in the area. Most of them have award-winning restaurants attached and cellar doors where you can taste and buy wine, beer, olives, cheese, honey and much more. The small bar scene is huge in Adelaide, with basements, rooftops and laneways bustling each night.

 

There is plenty more than wineries to this city, the shopping is excellent, arts festivals abound and nature walks are close by. Take a day trip to Hahndorf or Victor Harbour or stay overnight at Kangaroo Island for a weekend or mid-week escape.

Perth

Perth is home to pristine beaches, cool cafe strips, an emerging nightlife and sprawling parklands. Explore the uncluttered coastline on beaches like Scarborough and Cottesloe, taste your way through the Swan Valley and Margaret River wine regions, visit the historic Fremantle or walk around the buzzing CBD to get a taste of Perth life.

Auckland

Discover Auckland like a local, visiting cool bars and cafes in Britomart and Wynyard Quarter, shop high end local labels in Ponsonby and wander along New North Road in Kingsland for exciting after-dark entertainment.

 

Venture further afield and set your eyes upon the world-renowned West Coast beaches where you can discover black sand and eat fish and chips watching the sun set. A short ferry ride will see you set foot on one of the many islands in the Hauraki Gulf where you can explore wineries, volcanoes and native wildlife.

 

With a beautiful, welcoming Polynesian culture and one of a kind cultural experiences, Auckland is a city not to miss.

Melbourne

The neighbourhoods surrounding the CBD are what makes Melbourne such a diverse city; from the St Kilda Pier and beachside eateries to Fitzroy’s ever-evolving cafe scene and the roar of crowds at Etihad Stadium in Docklands to the epic array of Greek restaurants on Swan Street in Richmond, Melbourne’s lively suburbs are a must for any visitor. While the city is an exciting place to explore, much more awaits for those travelling a little out of the city. Day trips are popular, with the Yarra Valley just 90 minutes’ drive away, full of wineries and hiking trails and Phillip Island just a short boat ride off the coast where you can watch the famous fairy penguins return at sunset after a day’s fishing at sea.

Brisbane

From fine dining waterfront establishments to vast national parkland and cool laneway cafes, Brisbane is a new hub for all things cool. Winding around the Brisbane River, the city’s surrounding suburbs are hubs of entertainment and activity. Visit Southbank for world-class eateries and riverside activity options including paddle boarding and kayaking; Fortitude Valley for ever-exciting nightlife and local village shopping; or New Farm for beautiful parks and trendy cafes.

Canberra

Canberra celebrates Australia’s history and accomplishments unlike any other city. Indigenous sites, national parks, and botanical gardens are a short drive from iconic landmarks and monuments to fallen soldiers and pioneers. While galleries and museums showcase the best in art, music and film from international and emerging local artists. For foodies, Canberra’s cafe and dining scenes are thriving, with wineries, fresh produce markets, innovative cafes, and restaurants ranging from the small and intimate to world-class banquet halls, even the most discerning of palates will find something to their liking in Canberra’s cuisine.