31 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Kangaroo Island, Australia
— 2 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
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Airlie Beach, Australia
— 1 night
Ferry to Hamilton Island, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
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Darwin, Australia
— 3 nights
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Broome, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly to Perth, Bus to Margaret River
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Margaret River, Australia
— 5 nights
Bus to Perth, Fly to Queenstown
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and Boat Tours & Water Sports. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo) and Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Base Track, Mount Maunganui Summit Track, &more). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip maker website.

Chicago, USA to Rotorua is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Rotorua is 18 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

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Kangaroo Island, Australia

— 2 nights
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seal Bay Conservation Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Raptor Domain.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island tour itinerary tool.

You can fly from Rotorua to Kangaroo Island in 11.5 hours. Traveling from Rotorua to Kangaroo Island, you'll gain 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Sydney, Australia

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, then trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, then don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sydney sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kangaroo Island to Sydney is 0.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to fly to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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Airlie Beach, Australia

— 1 night

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 21st (Fri), kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Airlie Beach trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Airlie Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 70°F in Airlie Beach. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks
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Cairns, Australia

— 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Botanical Gardens. Spend the 23rd (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Cairns by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Airlie Beach in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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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 25th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then stroll through Mossman Gorge Centre, and then center your mind and body at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go 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 October in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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Darwin, Australia

— 3 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Crocosaurus Cove. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, cool off at Darwin Waterfront, and examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Darwin trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Darwin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. Traveling from Port Douglas in October, things will get a bit warmer in Darwin: highs are around 92°F and lows about 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Broome.

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Broome, Australia

— 2 nights

Yawuru Country

A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
On the 30th (Sun), kick back and relax at Cable Beach and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Broome tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Broome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin to Broome, you'll gain 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Broome can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Broome

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
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Margaret River, Australia

— 5 nights
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Jewel Cave. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Cave, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and cruise along Caves Road.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Margaret River trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Broome to Margaret River takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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Queenstown, New Zealand

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and Helicopter Tours. Next up on the itinerary: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, make a trip to Arrowtown Village, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Queenstown in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Breweries & Distilleries

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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.

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.