32 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

32 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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32 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

Start: Kansas City, United States
Fly:  26 h
1
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Lake Moeraki, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
7
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 30 min
8
Port Douglas, Australia
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
9
Cairns, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 45 min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
11
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Kansas City, United States

5
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ben Lomond Track and Wanaka Lavender Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Sound (in Te Anau), Cromwell (Highlands - Experience the Exceptional, Cheeki Cherries the home of Dam good fruit, &more) and Wanaka (Parasailing & Paragliding & Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks). There's lots more to do: enjoy some diversion at Break One, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, push the limits with an extreme tour, and have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Queenstown attractions planning website.

Kansas City, USA to Queenstown is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Queenstown is 18 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lake Moeraki.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Cromwell, Wanaka, Milford Sound, Hollyford Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:
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Break One ©
Break One
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Wanaka Lavender Farm ©
Wanaka Lavender Farm

1
night
Lake Moeraki, New Zealand

Lake Moeraki ©
On the 24th (Sun), explore the activities along Landsborough River, then relax in the rural setting at South Westland Salmon, and then get outside with Bruce Bay.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lake Moeraki trip maker app.

You can drive from Queenstown to Lake Moeraki in 3.5 hours. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Moeraki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Landsborough River, South Westland Salmon, Bruce Bay
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:
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Landsborough River ©
Landsborough River
Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach
Bruce Bay ©
Bruce Bay

2
nights
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush, then enjoy the sand and surf at Corsair Bay, and finally get your game on at Uprising.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Christchurch visit planner.

You can drive from Lake Moeraki to Christchurch in 6.5 hours. In January in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush
Uprising ©
Uprising

3
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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 River Rafting & Tubing and Blue Lake Track. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Base Track & Mt Maunganui Main Beach) and Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Government Gardens, get interesting insight from Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner.

You can fly from Christchurch to Rotorua in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rotorua, with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Papamoa Beach, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Blue Lake Track ©
Blue Lake Track

1
night
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves online road trip planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 30 — 31:
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

2
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to SkyTower and then stroll around Albert Park.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Auckland road trip planning site.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. January in Auckland sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 66°F at night. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Climbing Tours
Albert Park ©
Albert Park

4
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at ArtVo and St Paul's Cathedral. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and get your game on at Zero Latency.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Melbourne takes 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Melbourne. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in February: highs in Melbourne hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
ArtVo ©
ArtVo
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Opal Reef and Cape Tribulation Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Cape Trib Farm (in Cape Tribulation), Daintree Tea (in Daintree) and Walu Wugirriga Lookout (in Cow Bay). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market Port Douglas, get outside with Horses in Port, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip builder app.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Melbourne to Port Douglas in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, Port Douglas is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Walu Wugirriga Lookout, Daintree Tea
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel ©
St Mary’s by The Sea chapel

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): learn about all things military at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Josephine Falls and then admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. February in Cairns sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Josephine Falls ©
Josephine Falls
The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum ©

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Walkatjara Art, admire all the interesting features of Uluru, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge and then take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park journey maker app.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Cairns in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:
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Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru

4
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Speed Boats Tours and Everglades Historic House and Gardens. Step out of Sydney to go to Wentworth Falls and see Wentworth Falls, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at Customs House, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip site.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Wentworth Falls, Bronte Beach
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Speed Boats Tours
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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