27 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

27 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Cairns, Australia
— 1 night
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 3 nights
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): trek along Esplanade Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cairns travel route builder.

Athens, Greece to Cairns is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Cairns is 8 hours. In December, Cairns is warmer than Athens - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Port Douglas, Australia

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Opal Reef and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 1st (Sat), you're off to Paihia.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

Paihia, New Zealand

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paihia Harbour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Anglican Church, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Paihia trip planning app.

Fly from Port Douglas to Paihia in 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Douglas to Paihia is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Rotorua, New Zealand

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll through Rainbow Springs Nature Park, then admire the masterpieces at Rotorua Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, contemplate the long history of Te Puia, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): push the limits with an extreme tour, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and then don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Taupo online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, stroll through Taranaki Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park itinerary builder app.

Take a shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

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.
On the 10th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, stroll through Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown attractions tool.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Queenstown by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 4 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 13th (Thu), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

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You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:

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: see a show at Sydney Opera House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, enjoy breathtaking views from Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Sydney in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Te Anau to Sydney, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:

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 20th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, then pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally make a trip to Block Arcade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and then walk around Fitzroy Gardens.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne route app.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, Melbourne is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

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.