Also called Australasia, this continent Includes Australia, New Zealand, the island of New Guinea and most of the Pacific Islands east of Japan. Australia, being by far the largest landmass is a rich, sparsely populated island known for its great weather, beaches and modern cities. New Zealand is known for its Tolkienesque landscape, friendly people and adventure. Regardless, these two countries are very similar culturally and are often combined together in holidays. The Pacific islands are luxury destinations with world-class resorts. They can be a great alternative to the Caribbean depending on when you want to go.