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A trip to New Zealand could be first on our travel list

Some experts have predicted international travel could still be a while away yet, but there is hope in sight with Prime Minister Scott Morrison already hinting at domestic travel and even a ‘trans-Tasman bubble’ between Australia and New Zealand in the near future.

So we’ve put together some travel inspiration to get you excited for a trip across the ditch, or maybe even something further away once we’re able to take to the skies again for international travel.

New Zealand

With NZ being potentially the first international destination to open up to Aussies, Auckland’s official tourism organisation (ATEED) has released a video as a solid reminder of why a short break visit to Auckland and its beautiful surrounds should be to be on the top of traveller’s post-coronavirus to-do list.

The clip captures the beauty and stillness of Tāmaki Makaurau and New Zealand’s largest city during lockdown.

Experience Auckland’s urban adventures in a breathtaking setting all captured in a stunning 360 degree video.

Take a virtual trip down memory lane as you explore one of Auckland Museum’s online exhibition. Explore its ‘Crown Lynn Collection’ which holds over 2,000 pieces of New Zealand’s finest pottery from Crown Lynn, with highlights such as Swan Vases, Toby Jugs, animal models and household dinnerware in a myriad of designs. Or enjoy searching through Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum’s Collections Online, featuring over 800,000 records and 300,000 openly licensed images from our Natural Sciences, Documentary Heritage and Human History Collections.

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If getting outdoors is more your thing right on the city of Auckland’s doorstep lies the sparkling waters and beautiful islands of the Hauraki Gulf. This area is usually easy explore with ferry rides from downtown offered to help you take in the sweeping views, but since a ferry ride is off the table for now why not take a virtual trip of the Hauraki Gulf instead.

Elevated wide angle view of bay and beach with moored yachts on Rakino Island
A view of bay and beach on Rakino Island in the Hauraki Gulf. Photo: Getty

The team at Mountain Designs are also encouraging all wanderlust home-stayers to begin planning their post-COVID 19 adventure, with a couple of NZ destinations at the top of their list as well.

Mount Cook National Park – located in New Zealand’s South Island and is home to some of the country’s highest mountains and longest glaciers. Travellers who make the journey to Mount Cook National Park will have the pleasure of taking in snow-kissed mountain tops, star-studded skies and deep water canals where you could have the pleasure of canoeing through on a crisp afternoon.

Mount Taranaki – home to an active stratovolcano, based in New Zealand’s North Island. This volcano has not erupted since 1854 which has left many adventure-seekers determined to trek the volcano and its surrounds. While Mount Taranaki has been classified as “dormant”, it has also been described as one of New Zealand’s most climbed mountains, making it the perfect destination for any beginner adventure-seeker.

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Milford Sound – has been described as the “eighth world wonder of the world”, by Rudyard Kipling. Milford Sound is located on the South Island of New Zealand, and is known for its picturesque sceneries. These sceneries include sky-high mountain peaks that emerge from pristine, glassy, blue waters. This beautiful region is best explored via a boat tour, where you can observe groups of fur-seal and penguin colonies living in their natural habitat.

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