It's probably no surprise that recent studies have shown travellers are keen on getting out and about when international travel ramps up in 2022.
After nearly two years of restrictions on movement and a lot of time inside, it's expected Kiwis will want to see the world up close and with their own eyes when taking a holiday next year.
According to GlobalData's Social Media Analytics Platform, the top five tourist activities generating discussion in the first half of 2021 were all outdoor experiences, with hiking being the number one most popular.
South Australia's top five outdoor experiences
Hiking - Arkaba walk
Traversing Wilpena Pound and 60,000 acres of Arkaba's private wildlife conservancy, this walk takes in one of Australia's most spectacular outback landscapes. From dry creek beds and isolated waterholes lined with 1000-year-old river red gums to craggy ridge lines and rolling hills covered in cypress pines to the ancient ramparts of Wilpena Pound, this is some of the most stunning walking country in Australia.
Arkaba's guides will share their passion for the conservation of Australia's natural and cultural heritage. They will also show you the secret spots on the property and recount stories of the indigenous inhabitants, explorers and settlers, who have created the area's human history
Camping - Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris
Camping reportedly saw a 30 percent increase in social media discussions in 2021 compared to 2020. The conversations on camping were largely about best camping spots, safety tips and trip experiences shared by the community.
These luxury safari tents are set in the Mallee wilderness region of the Gawler Ranges in South Australia. An ideal spot for nature lovers who really want to avoid tourist areas and experience some of South Australia's finest scenery and wildlife.
Cycling - Barossa Bike Trail
Cycling emerged as the third most discussed tourist activity online in 2021. It is seen as a sustainable, healthy, and low-cost mode of travel, which has seen a resurgence in popularity during the pandemic.
Cycling is a popular activity in the Barossa throughout the seasons, where the ever-changing scenery provides a picturesque background for every ride. The 40km sealed path linking Gawler to Angaston incorporates the Barossa Trail (Gawler to Tanunda). Suitable for all fitness levels, this 27km sealed cycling and walking path in one of the loveliest countrysides in the Barossa.
Fishing - Australian Coastal Safaris
Australian Coastal Safaris offers an amazing fishing experience on the Eyre Peninsula. From beach fishing to offshore and inshore fishing charters, there's said to be a catch waiting for everyone, from King George whiting and Flathead, to nannygai, snapper and shark.
Safaris - Monarto Safari Park
Discussions around safari were largely based on how national parks and wildlife sanctuaries across different countries are reopening post pandemic. These parks are a beautiful way to experience native wildlife while also supporting the tourism industry as it starts to get back on track.
Monarto Safari Park is the largest in Australia and one of the largest in the world.
The 1500 hectare open-range sanctuary is undertaking a major role nationally and internationally in breeding programs for rare and endangered species.
It is the home of South Australia's first ever southern white rhinoceros and Australia's largest giraffe herd. The Zu-loop shuttle bus departs the Visitor Centre at regular intervals enabling you to get on and off the bus at a variety of wildlife viewing platforms including, giraffe, rhino, cheetah, lion, African painted dogs and chimpanzee.