32 days in New Zealand, Thailand & Australia Itinerary

32 days in New Zealand, Thailand & Australia Itinerary

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Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Katoomba, Australia
— 3 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Wanaka
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Wanaka, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dunedin, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly
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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly to Phuket, Ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Krabi Town, Thailand
— 3 nights
Bus to Krabi, Fly to Amsterdam

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Opal Reef and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 24th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 23rd (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's still lots to do: trot along with a tour on horseback.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas travel route planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Port Douglas is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, things will get much warmer in Port Douglas: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.
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Cairns, Australia — 3 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Spas. Spend the 26th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.
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Sydney, Australia — 3 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Room Escape Games and Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge. And it doesn't end there: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chinese Garden of Friendship, and take a stroll through The Rocks.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sydney travel route planner.

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in January, expect Sydney to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.
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Katoomba, Australia — 3 nights

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
On the 1st (Wed), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then get great views at The Three Sisters, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Prince Henry Cliff Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout, admire the sheer force of Wentworth Falls Lookout, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The National Pass.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Katoomba online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Katoomba takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Katoomba can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Wanaka.
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Wanaka, New Zealand — 2 nights

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Katoomba to Wanaka in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Katoomba to Wanaka, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dunedin.
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Dunedin, New Zealand — 2 nights

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, then don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, and finally take some stellar pictures from Signal Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then stroll through St Clair Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dunedin sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wanaka to Dunedin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.
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Queenstown, New Zealand — 3 nights

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ben Lomond Track and River Rafting & Tubing. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, look for gifts at The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown, hike along Tobins Track, and stroll through Lake Hayes Walkway.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown online road trip planner.

You can drive from Dunedin to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne, Australia — 3 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Compass and Royal Exhibition Building. Change things up with a short trip to WaterMaarq in Sorrento (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of St Paul's Cathedral, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see ratings and more tourist information, read Melbourne holiday builder tool.

Getting from Queenstown to Melbourne by flight takes about 6.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Melbourne are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.
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Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand — 1 night

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, then step off the mainland to explore Mosquito Island, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Laem Tong Bay.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ko Phi Phi Don itinerary planning site.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Melbourne to Ko Phi Phi Don in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Melbourne to Ko Phi Phi Don. Traveling from Melbourne in February, expect Ko Phi Phi Don to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.
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Ko Lanta, Thailand — 3 nights

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shark Diving and Diamond Cliff Beach. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, stroll around Phra Ae Public Health Park, kick back and relax at Nui Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Ko Jum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ko Lanta trip website.

Ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Krabi Town.
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Krabi Town, Thailand — 3 nights

Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Step off the beaten path and head to Krabi Elephant Sanctuary and De' MARCO Fashions. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with Sawasdee Divers Krabi, kick back and relax at Railay Beach, surround yourself with nature on Aonang Elephant Sanctuary, and tour the pleasant surroundings at PhraNang Cave Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Krabi Town trip builder.

Ride a ferry from Ko Lanta to Krabi Town in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. In February, daytime highs in Krabi Town are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Australia travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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.
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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.
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Thailand travel guide

3.8
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.
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