24 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 1 night
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 1 night

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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip builder.

Gaborone, Botswana to Melbourne is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Gaborone to Melbourne. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Gaborone in December, with highs in Melbourne at 30°C and lows at 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney online route planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Bowen Falls about 1h 5 min away. On the 16th (Wed), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Fiordland Outdoors Co., and trek along The Chasm Walk.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Te Anau takes 9.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Hollyford Track, Bowen Falls
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown route maker website.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On your second day here, hike along Ridge Track, hike along Silica Rapids Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, then capture your vacation like a pro with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Tongariro National Park trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Tongariro National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Taupo trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua ©
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 25th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua day trip app.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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Paihia, New Zealand

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
On the 27th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take an unforgettable tour with Salt Air, and then see the world from above with Skydive Bay of Islands. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Cairns, Australia

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 29th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip maker site.

You can fly from Paihia to Cairns in 9.5 hours. Traveling from Paihia to Cairns, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Port Douglas, Australia

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 30th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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