Kat Tancock overcame her fear of water and learned to surf under perfect conditions in New Zealand’s Mount Maunganui on the Bay of Plenty — and she has the Facebook profile photo to prove it!
Where else can you see wallabies, kangaroos, platypus’ and koala bears in their natural habitat? Cape York, at Australia’s northern tip, is an accessible wilderness area that rewards visitors with a feast of natural wonders.
You will swear you have stepped into an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, old sport. After the New Zealand town of Napier was destroyed by earthquake in 1931, it was re-built in the Art Deco style of architecture — and lovingly preserved.
Do you like the idea of snorkeling among reefs of exotic fish — but fear deep, cold water? Fret not. The Cook Islands offer the perfect conditions for “snorkel wimps.”
Head to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, a refuge for injured and abandoned animals, and meet real Tasmanian Devils (not the Taz character you know from Bugs Bunny cartoons!)
Do you want to escape the urban grind and work somewhere really different? How about Antarctica? The ice-covered continent has lots of opportunities, plus it’s free of mineral mining, nuclear waste disposal and military activities.
In New Zealand, Kat Tancock discover that soaking in hot springs is a great Kiwi tradition that takes advantage of the country’s location on the “ring of fire” and intense geothermal activity.
Did you know one of the world’s biggest colonies of Little Penguins is in Australia? They are just one of the amazing creatures you will see if you travel to Phillip Island Nature Park, a rugged wildlife park near Melbourne.