31 days in Australia, New Zealand & Papua New Guinea Itinerary

31 days in Australia, New Zealand & Papua New Guinea Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Hobart, Australia
— 2 nights
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Launceston, Australia
— 1 night
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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Gold Coast, Australia
— 4 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 1 night
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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
— 3 nights

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Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Auckland online driving holiday planner.

Washington DC, USA to Auckland is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Washington DC to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in April, Auckland is a bit warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Rangitoto Island ©
Rangitoto Island

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Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, contemplate the long history of Te Puia, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rotorua, with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington ©

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.
On the 27th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in April, you will find days in Wellington are slightly colder (63°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Milford Sound in Te Anau, about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas

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Hobart, Australia

Hobart ©

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get a dose of the wild on Tassie Bound and then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, learn insider's secrets on Drink Tasmania Premium Tours, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington.

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

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Hobart takes 8.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Hobart. May in Hobart sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Launceston.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours · Wildlife · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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Launceston, Australia

Launceston ©

The Heart of Tasmania

Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stroll around City Park, kick your exploration up a notch at Hollybank Wilderness Adventures, and then identify plant and animal life at Cataract Gorge Reserve.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Launceston trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hobart to Launceston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Launceston, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Hollybank Wilderness Adventures ©
Hollybank Wilderness Adventures
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park

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Melbourne, Australia

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.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee, about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 6th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, enjoy breathtaking views from Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, and don't miss a visit to Block Arcade.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Launceston to Melbourne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Launceston in May; daily highs in Melbourne reach 63°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, take a stroll through The Rocks, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney journey maker website.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in May, things will get a bit warmer in Sydney: highs are around 70°F and lows about 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, &more). Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World and get a new perspective on things with Jetboat Extreme.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast route planning website.

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Jetboat Extreme ©
Jetboat Extreme
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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Cairns, Australia

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 17th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Gold Coast in May, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 82°F and 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Port Moresby.

Things to do in Cairns

Find places to stay May 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby ©
In contrast to the surrounding wilderness, national capital Port Moresby offers some impressive cultural attractions and a decent array of amenities.
On the 18th (Wed), get to know the resident critters at Adventure Park PNG, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bomana War Cemetery, and then admire the natural beauty at National Orchid Garden. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Vision City Mega Mall, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Port Moresby Nature Park, and then get a sense of history and politics at National Parliament House.

Discover how to plan a Port Moresby trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Port Moresby takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Cairns in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 76°F in Port Moresby. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Port Moresby

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Port Moresby Nature Park ©
Port Moresby Nature Park
Bomana War Cemetery ©
Bomana War Cemetery
National Parliament House ©
National Parliament House

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