The sibling-style rivalry between these Australasian neighbours is based on an underlying cultural, social and scenic divide. Where New Zealand has fertile, sheep-grazed pastures, tranquil fjords and balmy weather, Australia has sunburned-red deserts and tropical rainforests. New Zealand’s cities are a throwback to a less frenetic era; Australia’s hum with energy and move to a modern beat. Like all siblings, though, there are family resemblances. Both countries share an ancient culture thinly overlaid by a veneer of Westernisation, and both are ripe with opportunities for exploration and discovery. Throw in the famously welcoming locals, and you’re left with two of the most exciting travel destinations in the world.