Kiwi comedian Melanie Bracewell (pictured) has put forward her case for why Australians should give up the 'staycation' trend and holiday across the ditch instead
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Kiwi comedian SLEDGES Australia as she reveals why Aussies should ditch their staycation plans and holiday in New Zealand instead

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. 

Kiwi comedian Melanie Bracewell (pictured) has put forward her case for why Australians should give up the 'staycation' trend and holiday across the ditch instead

Kiwi comedian Melanie Bracewell (pictured) has put forward her case for why Australians should give up the ‘staycation’ trend and holiday across the ditch instead 

‘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 were 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. 

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

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. (Pictured at Otama Beach)

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. (Pictured at Otama Beach)

Popular destinations in New Zealand include Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy were filmed in New Zealand, drawing praise for their incredible scenery. (Pictured Hobbiton in New Zealand)

Popular destinations in New Zealand include Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy were filmed in New Zealand, drawing praise for their incredible scenery. (Pictured Hobbiton in New Zealand)

Australia vs New Zealand 

  • Popular destinations in New Zealand include Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown
  • Notable tourist attractions in Australia include the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Bondi Beach, Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef
  • The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy were filmed in New Zealand

She also said New Zealand should be at the top of any globetrotter’s list simply because it is so close to Australia and makes for an easy diversion.

‘The convenience is part of the appeal because it literally is just jumping across the ditch,’ she said.

A flight from Sydney to Auckland takes about three hours. 

Popular destinations include Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown.

Notable tourist attractions in Australia include the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, 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 were filmed in New Zealand.

Production took place across both the North and South Islands, and the films were noted for their breathtaking natural scenery.

Notable tourist attractions in Australia include the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Bondi Beach (pictured), Uluru in the Northern Territory, and Queensland's Great Barrier Reef

Notable tourist attractions in Australia include the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Bondi Beach (pictured), Uluru in the Northern Territory, and Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef 

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