Australia may not be first destination that springs to mind when you’re brain storming your next Adventure Travel trip, but think again. There’s far more to our Antipodean neighbour than the Gold Coast, a cold beer at The Rocks and walking the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Last year a record number of 2.9 million New Zealanders travelled overseas, and the number one destination was Australia.
Adventure Travel consultant Sydel Berryman has just stepped off the plane from an awe-inspiring fortnight in Peru; a rich and colourful country in South America that's home to the Amazon rainforest and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, an ancient city high in the Andes mountains.
Travelling with Chimu Adventures, her first few days were spent in vibrant Lima and Cusco, before she embarked on a five-day high-altitude Lares Trek, climbing to a steep mountain pass with an elevation of 4219m. The finale of Sydel’s South American adventure was a three-day cruise on the waterways of the earth’s largest forest, the Amazon.
Adventure Travel consultant Yvette Park loves nothing more than exploring at her own pace – so she wasn’t sure she’d enjoy a 15-day Avalon Waterways cruise through central Europe from Budapest to Amsterdam. But as Yvette soon found out, passengers get to spend just as much time on terra firma as they do on board the luxury ship watching the world glide by.
The cruise took Yvette went through the dramatic Rhine Gorge past the legendary Lorelei rock, and through quaint towns, stunning scenery and gothic ruins along the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers. Most afternoons, Yvette and her now-husband disembarked to cycle through Amsterdam’s historic villages, sample some of Germany’s famous beer at charming cafes set on 16th century cobblestones, or join a tour through one of the many world-renowned museums and galleries that central Europe has to offer.
Kathy spends 6 incredible days aboard the small ship Orion. A fully-stabilised ice-class vessel which is as comfortable gliding the Thames as it is navigating polar ice, or exploring small harbours in the South Pacific.