30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
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Alice Springs, Australia
— 4 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Hot Water Beach, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive to Auckland International Airport, Fly to Christchurch
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
— 1 night
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Wanaka, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Melbourne, Australia — 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Great Ocean Road, The Nobbies Centre, Cape Woolamai Beach, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner.

Tokyo, Japan to Melbourne is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tokyo to Melbourne, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can fly to Cairns.
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Cairns, Australia — 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cape Tribulation Beach as well as Daintree Discovery Tours. Step out of Cairns with an excursion to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Cairns trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect nights in Cairns to be much warmer, around 72°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 87°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to fly to Alice Springs.
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Alice Springs, Australia — 4 nights

The Heart of Central Australia

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Alice Springs is known for wildlife, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Alice Springs online trip maker.

Fly from Cairns to Alice Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cairns to Alice Springs, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in November: highs in Alice Springs hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.
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Sydney, Australia — 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Blue Mountains Tours as well as Circular Quay. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, and admire the striking features of Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Sydney takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Alice Springs to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Alice Springs in November, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 77°F. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Auckland.
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Auckland, New Zealand — 1 night

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
On the 18th (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland day trip tool.

You can fly from Sydney to Auckland in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney to Auckland, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.
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Taupo, New Zealand — 2 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Taupo tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Rotorua.
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Rotorua, New Zealand — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): make a trip to Te Puia and then delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

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

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Hot Water Beach.
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Hot Water Beach, New Zealand — 1 night

Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hot Water Beach travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Hot Water Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Hot Water Beach, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Christchurch.
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Christchurch, New Zealand — 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hot Water Beach to Christchurch. Traveling from Hot Water Beach in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Christchurch, with lows around 46°F. You'll set off for Lake Tekapo on the 24th (Thu).
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Lake Tekapo, New Zealand — 1 night

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 24th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd and then explore the activities along Lake Tekapo.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).
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Franz Josef Glacier has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) driving holiday tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lake Tekapo to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wanaka.
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Wanaka, New Zealand — 1 night

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
On the 26th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Wanaka.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Wanaka itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Wanaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.
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Te Anau, New Zealand — 2 nights

Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wanaka to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.
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Queenstown, New Zealand — 3 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've added Ben Lomond Track, Pure Glenorchy Scenic Lord of the Rings Tours, Nzone Skydive, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip maker site.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
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.
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