Queenstown or Canggu, Niseko or Nadi: Slopes or Sand?

Nov 08, 2021
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With the borders open, it’s time to dust off our passports and get onboard a long haul flight. But with so much to see and so much time to make up for, where’s first? Are the tropical sands of Indonesia calling your name, or is it time to escape to a winter wonderland and brush up on your ski skills?


Queenstown


It’s our closest neighbour and is frequently visited by Aussies for a weekend. New Zealand might be just a three-hour flight for some, but its beauty and pristine landscapes will make you feel like you’re in another world. 


On the South Island are world-famous Queenstown and Wanaka. Atop the mountain ranges that surround the picturesque valley towns are ski slopes. 


With four ski areas, the slopes are fit for any level of expertise, from those who want to bunny hop down the bunny slopes to those who want to go off-piste to a little bit of backcountry. 


Is it time to bust out the board and hit the slopes?


Canggu


Another neighbour frequented by Aussies who’s tourism has suffered in the border closures is Bali. It might feel like the standard response for a holiday, but for good reason. The Indonesian island is a tropical paradise. It’s affordable, it’s one flight, and it’s beautiful.


If you’re feeling up for a bit of beach and a bit of bars, then Canggu is the ideal spot. Home to world-famous Finns, the bars stretch along the waterfront for miles. The beachside lounges are perfect for day sipping cocktails before the sun dips beneath the horizon and the real fun starts. 


We’ve been locked in our cities for so long, isn’t it time you let your hair down?


Niseko


Although New Zealand is closer, Japan’s snow is known to be better. And the home of the best snow and best resorts is the northern city of Hokkaido


Niseko is for everyone, and with an average dump of fourteen metres of snow a year, it’s famous for its powder skiing. The fresh snow makes it easy for beginners and the vast mountains and runs makes it perfect for experts.


But not only that, it’s also a popular spot for heli-skiing. Getting dropped into remote and hard-to-reach places by helicopter might sound like something from a James Bond film, but here you can live out all your 007 fantasies.


Nadi


If the call of the crowds of Bali doesn’t interest you, there’s always another neighbour. A quieter one. Fiji. The tropical paradise is the one you picture when someone says “tropical” to you. 


Have you ever imagined staying in huts above the water? Waking up to the sun glistening across the crystal clear ocean? Nadi might just be the place for you. With accommodation that is set over the water, and palm tree-lined beaches, Nadi is the ideal place for families, couples, or even a solo venture.


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