Yes, yes, there are many definitions of Oceania … but I’m going broad.  If it’s not Asia and it’s over in the bottom right hand corner of the map (all the way over to French Polynesia, but not including Hawaii), then it is Oceania in my definition.

That said, I can only count two Oceanic countries amongst those I’ve visited, so there’s not (yet!) a lot I can include here.


Fab wines can be found in Australia.  Here’s some Australian wine travel advice (careful, wine can make you sleepy …).

Bushwalking in the O’Reilly Rainforest Retreat and visiting the Outback in the town of Coober Pedy: Off the beaten path in Australia (for The City Web Guide).

More info to come on my visits to Canberra and Sydney.

New Zealand


New Zealand has some pretty cool stuff.  I got a big kick out of Hot Water Beach, the glowworm caves in Waitomo, and the volcanic activity of Rotorura.  More detail to come.  Until then:

A call out for help when I was planning my trip in this World Travel Buzz article: Your New Zealand Must-Sees. 

My spin-off of the Kiwi classic hokey-pokey ice cream: Johanna’s chocolate caramel brûlée crunch ice cream recipe.



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