16 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 1 night
Fly
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Melbourne
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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia

— 2 nights
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
On the 16th (Tue), make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas journey planner.

New Delhi, India to Port Douglas is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Port Douglas is 4.5 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Port Douglas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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Cairns, Australia

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly 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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and take some stellar pictures from Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sydney visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cairns in November, with highs in Sydney at 29°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Beaches

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip site.

You can fly from Sydney to Queenstown in 6 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

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Te Anau, New Zealand

— 3 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.
On the 26th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along The Chasm Walk, and get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

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You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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Melbourne, Australia

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip builder tool.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Melbourne in 8.5 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In November in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Museums
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Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
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.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.