Cheap flights to Australia from New Zealand are just a quick hop across the Tasman Sea from east to west. The shortest connections will take you into the sun-kissed eastern cities; places like Sydney and Gold Coast, where surf-washed sands roll on beneath verdant rainforests crawling with koala. If you stay in the skies for a few hours more, it's possible to trade Auckland or Christchurch for Melbourne or Perth. In those, buzzy riverside neighbourhoods brim with art galleries and craft bars. And that's not it – even more flight links (usually including a stopover) can join NZ with palm-peppered Darwin and the barrier reefs of Cairns up north.
Wax the surfboard and hit the waves in the legendary swell-magnet of the Gold Coast.
Sydney Harbour is the beating heart of Australia's largest city. It bumps with shopping malls and nightlife, but also has iconic sights like the Sydney Opera House.
Empty, wild, and free, Tasmania is for travelers who want to go off piste to surf breaks, forests, mountains and rivers.