Both Australia and New Zealand are popular immigration destinations. While there are many reasons why people choose to move to these countries, nature lovers are particularly thrilled about the natural beauty, fascinating wildlife and variety of fauna and flora in these regions. Here are some of the top immigration destinations in Australia and New Zealand for nature lovers:
This bustling city offers plenty of job opportunities, and it is conveniently located to a number of natural wonders, parks and other activities that nature lovers will enjoy. The Dandenong Ranges, for example, boasts an unrivalled blend of waterfalls, picnic grounds, walking trails and a beautiful rainforest. The best part is that it’s just a 60-min drive from the CBD of Melbourne.
Another great attraction near Melbourne is the Great Ocean Road, which is home to one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, the Twelve Apostles. You can also visit Australia’s “little Tuscany” called Yarra Valley, where you can bask in spectacular views while visiting the wine farms, riding in hot air balloons, and taking in the picturesque fern gullies and mountains.
Sydney is also a popular attraction for people who want to be near nature. The Blue Mountains are a two-hour train trip from Sydney. Other popular attractions include the Gondwana Rainforests and the Royal Botanical Gardens. Whales migrate along the coast of NSW. So, nature lovers will be able to view these magnificent mammals from nearby towns and beaches.
Popular attractions include the Westland National Park (4 hour drive from Christchurch), which is home to amazing ice caves and glaciers. There are also many activities north of Christchurch on the Alpine Pacific Triangle Touring Route, such as wineries, thermal pools, hiking, biking, jet boating, rafting, fishing and skiing at Hanmer Springs Ski Area. In Kaikoura (2.5 hours drive) you can do whale-watching, swimming with wild Fur Seals, swimming with or watching dusky dolphins, bird watching and hiking the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway – 3 hours return to visit a seal and seabird colony and view the limestone formations.
The Tararua mountain range rise at the southern tip of the North Island. Trips to the mountain are easily arranged from Wellington. Mount Victory will also give you a spectacular view of the ferries sailing through the harbour and a 260-degree view of Wellington city. Just outside of Wellington, nature lovers will find the Zealandia sanctuary, which aims to turn a large section of bush to its pre-human state.