With one of the lowest population densities in the world, Australia and the Pacific offer the opportunity to both get away from it all, and immerse yourself in a unique culture, all at the same time. With flights from the UK for as little as £500 return, and with February and March offering some of the highest temperatures of the year, there are few better times to visit.
If you are after some early spring sunshine then Australia is most definitely for you. 2013 has already smashed all existing records as Australia’s hottest ever start to a year, and with temperatures in February and March rarely fluctuating from the mid 20’s, the prospect of a fortnight in the sun more than makes up for those cold, British, winter evenings . For the adventurous ones among you, why not snorkel the Great Barrier Reef or drive the Great Ocean Road. For the city-goers, the bold and beautiful Sydney or the artsy and cultured Melbourne are very popular destinations.
If you love the outdoors then there are few more beautiful places in the world than New Zealand. Having played host to the motion picture epic Lord of the Rings trilogy and more recently The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, New Zealand’s landscape is unmistakable and unparalleled in its beauty. Get up close and personal with nature on one of the many unspoilt islands surrounding New Zealand which play home to some of the rarest animal species in the world. There is the possibility to experience Maori culture or travel the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail if Auckland or the other cities don’t take your fancy.
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