An island at the edge of the world, Tasmania is small enough to get around easily, big enough to explore diverse landscapes and make countless discoveries
In just one day wake to the cleanest air in the world; hear stories of convicts at World Heritage convict sites; cruise under soaring sea cliffs; sip whisky, cider, beer or wine at a cellar door; and savour a paddock-to-plate meal.
Over a third of the island is preserved in parks, reserves and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Take it all in on more than 2000 km of walking tracks, head out on a gourmet trail or meet a Tassie devil! Isolated yet accessible, wild yet refined. In Tasmania you’ll have contrasting experiences in every direction you travel. Whatever your speed, Tasmania delivers an unforgettable journey of discovery.
Air New Zealand offers daily connections between New Zealand and Tasmania via Melbourne with our partner airline Virgin Australia. Four inflight product choices are available seat, seat+bag, theworks and worksdeluxe. Sale fare is to Hobart from Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch via Melbourne.
Hobart and surrounds
Hobart is a city characterised by ninteenth century sandstone warehouses at Salamanca Place, majestic Mount Wellington and fishing boats bobbing in the docks. Just below its historic facade is a vibrant and connected underbelly of producers, artisans and makers. To find them wake early and visit Salamanca Market or the Farm Gate Market, dine in local eateries or descend into the mind of David Walsh via a spiral staircase at Mona. Venture beyond city streets to Port Arthur – an evocative World Heritage convict site; ferry to Bruny Island and experiences its gastronomic delights; browse antiques in the Derwent Valley or visit a whisky distillery in the highlands – all within an hour from the hum of Hobart.
Mention the East Coast to locals and eyes light up with visions of bleached sand, cool climate wine, just caught seafood and ocean vistas. The Great Eastern Drive hugs the coastline from St Helens to Orford. The Bay of Fires granite rocks splashed with orange lichen and rolling azure waves breaking on ivory sand makes for a must-stop coastal break. Further down the coast near Coles Bay is Freycinet National Park, boasting pink granite mountains and unforgettable beaches – and home to Wineglass Bay.
Launceston, Tamar and the North
Launceston is a city full of character, eye-catching architecture, collector’s shops, restaurants and cool cafés. Drive the 170 kilometres that make up the Tamar Valley Wine Route or get your local produce direct from the grower at the Harvest Market. Amber tickets provide the ultimate beer lovers tasting experience at the local brewery – Boags Brewery. Descend into Cataract Gorge, pass wallabies grazing on the lawns and traverse the gorge on a chairlift and head to the Design Centre of Tasmania to browse the work of local artists. Escape the city and tee off at world class golf courses (Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm), go mountain biking or stroll through row upon row of striking purple fields of lavender.
Hotels in Tasmania
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North West Coast
Tasmania’s North West is a place of natural connections between the land and extraordinary produce. The locals are friendly, so connections come easy with makers and growers sharing traditional recipes, stories and a tip or two. Follow the side roads that make up the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail. Visit the wilds of Cradle Mountain and walk the iconic Dove Lake Track. Tour coastal towns devouring fresh crayfish caught that morning and walk tulip fields in the shadow of a historic lighthouse at Table Cape.
Be transformed by empty coastlines and the greatest expanse of cool temperate rainforest in Australia, and second largest in the world – the Tarkine. Deep within this rainforest is Corinna, a historic mining town and base for river cruising, kayaking and bushwalking. Visit Strahan – a tiny harbour-side settlement with a dark convict past and gateway to the Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Boat cruises provide unforgettable journeys into the wilderness and the West Coast Wilderness Railway, the steepest rail line in the Southern Hemisphere, delivers you through mountainous wild rainforest terrain with a rich mining history dating back to the late 1800s.