When it comes to culture, capitals and icons, the destinations we invite you to explore have more than plenty to share. Australia has a rich 50,000 year old history. The Australian Aboriginal population is one of the oldest continuous cultures in the world. There are authentic Aboriginal experiences in both urban and rural areas all over Australia all owned and guided by local Aboriginal guides. Experience the heritage of the South Pacific through modern museums and history-rich city tours highlighting everything from the famed Opera House in Sydney to the Hobbiton movie set in New Zealand that posed as middle earth bringing Tolkien's epic masterpiece "Lord of the Rings" to life. Native Maori culture permeates New Zealand’s streets, which are now a bustling flood of both tourists and Maori descendants. Most historical and natural sites and destinations have both an English name and a Maori name, such as Mt. Cook / Aoraki, Milford Sound / Piopiotahi and White Island / Te Puia o Whakaari. The charming port city of Levuka has strong historical ties in Fiji, which now earns its place as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Whatever part of this region you decide to explore, rest assured that you’ll find a beautiful harmony of history, culture and modern life. Let your AusDownUnder travel advisor know that you want cultural and aboriginal experiences included in your South Pacific itinerary.