Oceania—the vast region that encompasses Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific—is home to remote isles with pristine nature and awe-inspiring landscapes ranging from red desert to craggy mountains. Depending on where you land, and what you choose to explore, there are cosmopolitan cities, ancient living cultures, and blockbuster architectural landmarks. Ticking off postcard-familiar sights like the white sails of Sydney’s Opera House or New Zealand’s gushing Huka Falls might be no-brainers, but with some planning, you can also find Indigenous-led tours through largely untouristed lands, multiday hiking trails, and off-the-beaten-path wineries.
Which is why, for this spotlight, we’re reaching beyond the expected to home in on what’s new and exciting for 2024, from the small but buzzing regional towns to the forever favorites giving us fresh reasons to visit. Plus, we’re calling attention to places that have made a comeback after devastating climate disasters as well as to towns that are championing a new age of light-touch tourism.
Here, then, are the best places to go in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific in 2024—from the hard-to-reach waterways of the Kimberley to the “deadliest wave in the world” in Tahiti. —Chloe Sachdev
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The Best Places to Go in Australia, New Zealand & the South Pacific in 2024
Brisbane and the Surrounding Area, Australia
Go for: a pivotal waterfront development, slick hotels, and superstar chefs