30 days in New Zealand, Brisbane & Melbourne Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand, Brisbane & Melbourne Itinerary

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Brisbane, Australia
— 3 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Brisbane, Australia

— 3 nights

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Appreciate the collections at Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Anthea Polson Art. Step out of the city life by going to Kirra Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Spend the 2nd (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take a leisurely stroll along Eagle Street Pier, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepalese Pagoda.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane road trip planning app.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Brisbane is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Brisbane. While traveling from Kuala Lumpur, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Brisbane, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St Paul's Cathedral and Art Gallery of Ballarat. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Lake Wendouree in Ballarat, about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

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

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Melbourne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brisbane in January, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Te Anau.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:

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 10th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Te Anau Glowworm Caves and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Doubtful Sound. On your second day here, stroll through Milford sound Hwy, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, and then trek along Mirror Lakes Walk.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip builder website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Te Anau in 8.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Te Anau is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

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.
Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery and Queenstown Arts Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Wanaka (Horseback Riding Tours & National Transport and Toy Museum). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, learn about winemaking at Bald Hills Pop Up Cellar Door, play a few rounds at Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown road trip tool.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Wellington, New Zealand

— 6 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.
Let the collections at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Edwin Fox Maritime Museum capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Great War Exhibition and Space Place at Carter Observatory. Explore Wellington's surroundings by going to Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve (in Pelorus Bridge), Picton (Queen Charlotte Sound & The National Whale Centre) and Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu). There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Scorching Bay, go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, and appreciate the history behind National War Memorial.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Wellington itinerary planning website.

Fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January in Wellington, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 21:

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, shop like a local with L'Arte, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally trek along Huka Falls Walkway.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Taupo travel site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Te Puia and St. Faith's Anglican Church. Step out of the city life by going to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Redwoods Treewalk. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, hike along Okere Falls Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Rotorua are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:

Auckland, New Zealand

— 4 nights

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.
Appreciate the collections at Auckland Museum and Of Hand & Heart. We've included these beaches for you: Orewa Beach and Hahei Beach Walk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Warkworth (Tawharanui Regional Park & Goat Island Marine Reserve), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Leigh) and Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Howick Historical Village.

To find out how to plan a trip to Auckland, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Rotorua to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Auckland

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:

New Zealand travel guide

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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.