Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe feels like an idyllic island lost in time, a World Heritage-listed paradise located 410 miles from the north coast of New South Wales and less than a 2-hour flight from Sydney
. The peak of this volcanic remnant rises to an altitude of 2,871 feet, looming over the Tasman Sea. The island’s famous twin peaks, breathtaking views and natural rainforest make it ideal for walkers and hikers to discover the island on foot and is also one of Australia’s premier birdwatching destinations. While Lord Howe Island was briefly a center for the whaling industry, today the economy revolves primarily around tourism. This paradise, however, need not fear the influx of mass tourism—only 400 visitors are permitted on the island each day. Those who do make the journey can spend days trekking through the lush interior or snorkeling or diving the nearby coral reefs. Air New Zealand’s website
conveniently lays out the island’s various hotel options and makes it easy to book a stay.