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Australasia is the official name given to the countries of Australia, New Zealand and neighbouring islands in the Pacific Ocean. This continent boasts deserts, forests, oceans and lively cities. Despite being located on the other side of the world, British expats have been settling there for centuries, and many British tourists visit there every year.


1. New Zealand

New Zealand sits in the Pacific Ocean and consists of two main islands – the North Island and the South Island – as well as thirty much smaller islands. The capital city is Wellington, located in the south of the North Island – but this is not the largest city in this spectacular country. In fact, the biggest city is Auckland, also in the North Island. Of course, there is much more besides these two cities that makes travelling to New Zealand the bucket list dream of so many people. You can make a trip to New Zealand as mellow or as action-packed as you like, as its filled with beautiful beaches and open roads as well fjords, national parks and plenty of skydiving opportunities!


2. Australia

A trip to Australia is the adventure of a lifetime. It is the land of vast deserts, tropical rainforests, world famous cities and endless beaches. There is truly something for everyone in Australia, and many backpackers stay for weeks or even months. Also popular among the backpackers is the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world that can even be seen from space. As well as the stunning nature, Australia also has a number of vibrant multi-cultural cities, such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, with some of the best food, museums and live music around.


3. Cook Islands

The lesser known Cook Islands are a remote group of fifteen islands located in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean. Even the most populated islands has only 15,000 inhabitants. It is a captivating place for travellers far and wide – so it is unsurprising that tourism is the most important source of income for the islands. Lose yourself in the beautiful nature here, traversing mountains, lagoons, waterfalls, rainforests. Stroll along the white beaches and swim in the bright blue waters. Because of the clear waters and unique flora and fauna varieties, the Cook Islands are an ideal location for diving and other water sports. The islands have a tropical climate, meaning you can enjoy 25 degrees and golden sunshine almost all year round.

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