Something has always confused me about the seven continent approach to categorizing the world’s land masses. What about New Zealand? I mean, if Australia is going to be a country and a continent, then what continent are New Zealand and all of those islands in the South Pacific on?
Although it’s the smallest continental grouping in terms of land, travel destinations in Oceania span the eastern and western hemispheres and includes the larger, more developed nations of Australia and New Zealand, as well as the thousands of islands that make up Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.
Although English is commonly spoken throughout Oceania, in part due to a history of colonization, French, Japanese, and Spanish are also common. As you travel outside English speaking nations, consider these tips on overcoming language barriers. Even when you can communicate in English, knowing these few, key phrases in the local language will enhance your experience when you travel abroad.
Travel Destinations in Oceania - Australia
Because it’s the largest land mass “down under,” the continent of Oceania is also referred to as Australia. This island nation also includes the island of Tasmania and several smaller islands. Unfortunately, Australia recently battled devastating forest fires. This Everyday Postcard from the Gospers Mountain region provides a native’s insight into the experience.
Travel Destinations in Oceania - New Zealand
New Zealand is an increasingly popular travel destination in Oceania. The picturesque Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo is one of the most photographed sights in all of New Zealand. And Mitre Peak, on New Zealand’s South Island, is one of the most photographed mountains in the southern hemisphere.