Visit koalas in the wild along Australia’s Victoria Coast, or search for hobbits in a real-life “Middle Earth”—the idyllic green mountains of New Zealand. Long a favorite destination of true adventure-seekers!
If you happen to be one of those lucky enough to live in a place that’s consistently warm and sunny throughout the months of Spring, then “good on ya,” as our Aussie friends would say. But for the rest of us, Winter’s chill and rainfall don’t give up so easily, and let’s face it, after months of frigid temperatures who doesn’t feel the desire to escape to someplace warm, sunny, and inviting.
Luckily, when one part of the globe tilts away from the sun, the other part turns towards it. To us, that screams “head south!” And we can’t think of anywhere better than the South Pacific. Of course the idea of a warm paradise easily conjures up thoughts of the Pacific’s island gems—Fiji, Tonga, Tahiti, etc.—but if you head even farther south, you’ll come to the spectacular lands of New Zealand and Australia. Long isolated by distance, these austral neighbors* are truly like traveling to another world inhabited by beings never seen in other parts of the world: kangaroos, wallabies, platypus, kiwis, kea, and of course the lovable koala. And the scenic grandeur of both is something that must be seen to be believed, from the rugged beauty of Australia’s Victoria Coast to the pristine mountains and verdant forests of New Zealand. In fact, the landscape of New Zealand is so dramatic it has starred in numerous films over the years, most recently in the role of “Middle Earth” in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. (On our Southern Beauty adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to visit some of these films locations, like Tongariro.)
*Though often thought of as neighbors, Australia and New Zealand are actually about 1,500 miles from one another!
Australia : Great Aussie Coastline
An epic walking exploration of Victoria’s coast, featuring the famous Twelve Apostles—we’re the only U.S company to offer this trip!
Stretching some 63 miles along Victoria’s southwest coast, the recently opened Great Ocean Walk offers a fresh way to experience some of Australia’s most breathtaking natural wonders. Visit Rainbow Falls, where an inland stream tumbles to the sea over mossy coastal rocks, and marvel at the Twelve Apostles, where towering limestone stacks cluster together just off the rugged coastline, and continue to morph with the wind over time. Our eight-day trek across Great Otway National Park—Victoria’s newest and largest coastal park—will take you through mountain ash forests and coastal woods, along windswept cliff tops, and into manna gum forests that are one of the best places in Australia to see koalas in the wild. You’ll also encounter kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, and whales. Pause to relax at pristine beaches by day, and rest your legs at intimate lodges like the renowned Cape Otway Lighthouse Cottage by night. With MTS—the only U. S. company to offer the Great Ocean Walk as a guided, lodge-to-lodge adventure—you can be among the first to experience this soon-to-be iconic trek! Learn More
New Zealand: Southern Beauty
Get an insider’s view of the South Island on this unique, action-packed wilderness adventure
From the 3,900-foot-high fjords of Milford Sound, to the snow-capped peaks and sapphire lakes of the Wakatipi Basin (made famous in the Lord of the Rings films), the South Island is blessed with an astonishing quantity of beautiful places. Rather than rushing from one site to another trying to see it all, we’ve specifically designed our itinerary to minimize driving, and maximize your opportunities to enjoy some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery. Our MTS guide, Adrian Fogg, spent many years here as a heli-hiking and river rafting guide, and he will show you remote and very special places that other travelers pass right by. You’ll get from point to point in a variety of exhilarating ways—down rivers and across lakes on jetboats and inflatable “funyak” canoes, over rugged fjords on scenic flights, and along the stunning and remote Hollyford Track on foot. When you travel by vehicle, you’ll head to exclusive lodges in secluded locations only accessible by 4×4. This relaxing but action-packed adventure is unique to MTS—and as full of variety as the South Island itself. Learn More
New Zealand: Wild West Coast
The ultimate South Island multi-sport adventure—custom-designed for MTS!
With its many glorious rivers, fjords, mountains, lakes, and glaciers, the South Island’s rugged West Coast is an active traveler’s dream. Our itinerary is specifically designed to let you experience the plethora of adventures this region has to offer, but at a pace that lets you fully enjoy your surroundings. Your one-of-a-kind journey begins in Wellington, on the North Island, where you’ll enjoy a guided Maori Experience Kapu Ti tour at the famous Te Papa Museum. Crossing Cook Strait on a scenic ferry ride, you’ll dive deep into the spectacular South Island. You’ll take a helicopter hike at Franz Joseph glacier, explore the remote Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area by jetboat and scenic helicopter flight, hike the famous Queen Charlotte Track, go white-water rafting in Buller Gorge, picnic below the dramatic Rob Roy Glacier, and kayak on unspoiled Okarito Lagoon. But you’ll also have the chance to unwind at exclusive lodges and out-of-the-way hamlets, taste world-class Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, and encounter rare fJiordland crested penguins. Experience the singular beauty and true essence of the West Coast, as only our expert, local guide can show it to you. Learn More
For more information or to book your adventure, email us or call 1-888-831-7526 today!
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