A Kiwi comedian has put forward her case for why Australians should give up the ‘staycation’ trend and holiday across the ditch instead. Melanie Bracewell, the co-host of Channel 10 show The Cheap Seats, says New Zealand has ‘so much to offer’ tourists – without the risk of dangerous native animals.

She told News.com.au there is also the added benefit of New Zealand being smaller, meaning visitors can see more of the country during their trip. ‘It’s a small country that has so much to offer, so you can just drive two hours and you are at the beach. Then you’ve got the vineyards, you’ve got islands… you could travel the whole country in a few weeks and see a whole lot of different stuff,’ Melanie said of her home country.

Melanie, who is also an occasional panelist on The Project, said she once tried to book accommodation in Australia but was put off by the website saying there are poisonous snakes in the area.

‘I looked and thought, “That [place] is nice,” and it said, “We have the occasional spider and snake,” and I said, “Nope!”‘ she laughed. She also said New Zealand should be on top of a traveler’s list as it’s just so close to Australia. 

‘The convenience is part of the appeal because it literally is just jumping across the ditch,’ she said. A typical flight from Sydney to Auckland is around 3 hours. Popular destinations include Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown. 

Popular tourist attractions in Australia include Sydney for the Harbour Bridge and Opera House sights, the iconic Bondi Beach, Uluru in the Northern Territory and Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

Back in 2015, Meghan Markle enjoyed a two-week road trip around New Zealand with a friend in a campervan. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy have been filmed in New Zealand. Filming took place across both the North and the South Islands, with fans commenting on the incredible scenery.

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