57 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

57 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific travel route planner

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Fly to Kerikeri Airport, Drive to Paihia
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 7 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 7 nights
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Drive to Wellington, Ferry to Picton, Drive to Fox Glacier
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Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Bus
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Launceston
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Launceston, Australia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hobart, Australia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Eaglehawk Neck, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive to Hobart International Airport, Fly to Billund

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Paihia, New Zealand

— 7 nights
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Paihia Harbour. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Kaan Zamaan. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Russell (Just Imagine Gallery & Pompallier Mission and Printery). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul's Anglican Church, get a taste of the local shopping with Country Corner, and stop by Scopes New Zealand.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paihia online travel route builder.

Billund, Denmark to Paihia is an approximately 37-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Billund to Paihia, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 10:

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

— 3 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Caveworld. Get a sense of the local culture at Mokau Museum and Gallery and The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition. There's much more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, pause for some photo ops at Sir Colin Meads Statue, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:

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.
Get outdoors at Zipline and Mount Maunganui Summit Track. Te Puia and Amokura Glass are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to the Zeus Gallery (in Tauranga) and Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and view the masterpieces at New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua vacation planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Rotorua are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:

Taupo, New Zealand

— 5 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.
Get outdoors at Huka Falls Walkway and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Get a sense of the local culture at Lava Glass and L'Arte. There's still lots to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, and take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Taupo holiday planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

— 7 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taranaki Falls. Get in touch with nature at Horsemtrails and Tongariro Northern Circuit. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Ohakune Old Coach Road, stroll through Silica Rapids Track, trek along Rotopounamu Track, and get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 31:

Fox Glacier, New Zealand

— 4 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Get a sense of the local culture at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery and River Walk. Take a break from the city and head to Fox Glacier South Side Walk and Franz Josef Glacier. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Gillespies Beach, trek along Minnehaha Walk, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Fox Glacier trip simple and quick.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Fox Glacier by combination of car, flight, and bus takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, flight, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Peregrine Wines and Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Kiwi Birdlife Park. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Barn, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Queenstown tour planning app.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 6 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.
Get in touch with nature at Hollyford Track and Mirror Lakes Walk. Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Boat Tours & Water Sports about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along Lake Marian Track, see the interesting displays at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum, and stroll through The Chasm Walk.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Launceston.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 14:

Launceston, Australia

— 4 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre and National Automobile Museum of Tasmania. Get in touch with nature at Cataract Gorge Reserve and Low Head Penguin Tours. Explore Launceston's surroundings by going to Beauty Point (Seahorse World & Platypus House). Dedicate the 17th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, stroll around City Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and admire the verdant scenery at The Tamar Valley.

Before you visit Launceston, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Launceston takes 11.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Te Anau to Launceston is minus 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hobart.

Things to do in Launceston

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 18:

Hobart, Australia

— 4 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Mount Wellington. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Salamanca Market, examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, contemplate the long history of Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hobart journey planning website.

You can drive from Launceston to Hobart in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Eaglehawk Neck.

Things to do in Hobart

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 22:

Eaglehawk Neck, Australia

— 3 nights
Port Arthur Historic Site and Bangor Vineyard Shed are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Wild Ocean Tasmania and Tessellated Pavement.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Eaglehawk Neck road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hobart to Eaglehawk Neck takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Eaglehawk Neck are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Eaglehawk Neck

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 25:

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.