Australia Vs New Zealand

When it comes to travel down under, both New Zealand and Australia offer so much for any traveller looking to have a good time. Whether it’s beautiful scenery you want, adventure sports, or just to lounge by the beach, both countries combined really do have it all. When choosing where to base your first working holiday visa however, and having decided to do it down under, there does come a time that you have to choose between them. Which should you do first? I thought it would therefore be useful for me to compare the two for anyone unsure, so whether it’s New Zealand holidays or Australia holidays you are after, by the end of this post hopefully you will have a better idea of what you want!


New Zealand is marketed around the world as something akin to the adventure sports capital of the world! It certainly does have a lot to offer as far as adventure is concerned. Whether you want to go zorbing, white water rafting, bungee jumping, or sky diving, it’s all there for you to do and more! The only thing I would say is be sure to budget accordingly for it! Adventure sports in New Zealand are plenty and abundant, but they will eat into your travel fund quite a bit. Australia also has many of these type of activities available too, such as sky diving over Sydney, or white water rafting up North. I think overall however, New Zealand probably has more variety as far as adventure sports is concerned. That being said, Australia does have crocodiles, and many poisonous spiders to keep you on your toes so I suppose it depends on what sort of adventure you are looking for! A night spent in the Australia Outback or jungle could be considered as much adventure as jumping out a plane, as there is still the danger element there.

Scenery and Natural Beauty

Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand for one main reason – the natural landscape there is spectacular! It almost doesn’t seem real how beautiful New Zealand is at times. Particularly the more mountainous areas of the country. That being said however, when it comes to sheer variety of scenery and natural beauty, Australia is possibly the only country in the world where you can experience beach, desert, mountains, and jungle all in the one place! Then there is the Great Barrier Reef of course, the amazing man made Sydney Opera House, or the beautiful secluded beaches out on the West Coast. I guess only you can decide which is best!


The lifestyle in Australia is just so laid back. In the North where the weather is much warmer, it would just be impossible to work long hours because the heat is just too much. Everybody seems to finish working around 3pm so they can have a beer and a barbie by the beach. New Zealand is also a very laid back, almost sleepy place. Unfortunately however, for me personally, the whole everything shuts on a Sunday thing is what sways me more in the direction of Australia for this one. I’m used to a 24 culture, and places like Sydney or Melbourne just don’t seem to exist in New Zealand. The population is so small, and even the bigger cities in NZ seem small to me. That being said, a lot of people want a more quiet lifestyle, so if that’s what you’re after then head to NZ.


In summer both of these countries are hot! In winter however, New Zealand is cold. So is places like Melbourne, and Tasmania in Australia as they are further south, and therefore further from the equator, but the good thing for me about Australia when it hits winter is that if you head north to somewhere like Cairns you’ll find it’s nice, warm, and sunny! In fact, it’s probably better up there during winter as you miss the rainy season, and it’s not too hot.

So what do you think? Which is better? Australia, or New Zealand? For me, Australia was the first place I ever travelled to. For that reason alone it remains my favourite place in the world, and will always have a special place in my heart that will forever remain unbeaten. New Zealand is pretty cool though, if I do say so myself! 🙂

4 Responses to “Australia Vs New Zealand”

  1. Hi Runaway Jane

    I’m biased but New Zealand is better! 🙂

  2. Lee says:

    “…everything shuts on a Sunday” – this may have been true if you visited New Zealand in 1992. Or if you are visiting very small towns where the sole attraction is the local bar. Certainly, bigger tourist cities like Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown, Rotorua, Christchurch etc do not “shut on a Sunday.” Tourism venues, restaurants, supermarkets, etc all happily operate on Sundays and public holidays.


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