15 days in Queensland, Sydney & New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in Queensland, Sydney & New Zealand Itinerary

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Gold Coast, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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Gold Coast, Australia

— 2 nights
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coolangatta Beach, and then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridge.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast itinerary site.

Seattle, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 18 hours. Traveling from Seattle in April, things will get a bit warmer in Gold Coast: highs are around 78°F and lows about 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Sydney, Australia

— 3 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Blue Mountains and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Visit Terrigal Beach and Bondi Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Shelly Beach (in Manly), Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura) and Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls). There's still lots to do: stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bronte Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Gold Coast in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Wanaka and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get in touch with nature at QUEENSTOWN EXPEDITIONS and Wanaka. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, tour the pleasant surroundings at Queenstown Hill, and learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Queenstown takes 6 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:

Wellington, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
On the 15th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, then admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Wellington driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. April in Wellington sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Rotorua, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls Walkway and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Mount Maunganui Summit Track in Mount Maunganui (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, trek along Tikitapu Nature Walk, and get interesting insight from Redwoods Treewalk.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Rotorua trip maker.

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Wellington, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rotorua, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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Queensland travel guide

4.3
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Wildlife Areas
Located in the northeast of Australia, Queensland boasts a rich history, efficient cities, picturesque coastline, and lush interior rainforest. Tourism in Queensland tends to revolve around the Sunshine State's countless beaches and coastal enclaves, which engender a laid-back, easygoing way of life. Named after Queen Victoria, the state was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but the area is believed to have served as home to the country's Aboriginal population as far back as 60,000 years.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.