59 days in Oceania Itinerary

59 days in Oceania Itinerary

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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Dunedin, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 7 nights
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 7 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 7 nights
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Kangaroo Island, Australia
— 6 nights
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Albany, Australia
— 3 nights
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Margaret River, Australia
— 7 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand

Shallow Bay

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 Kiwi Birdlife Park and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road. Visiting Te Anau Glowworm Caves and Ben Lomond Track will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Te Anau Lion Lookout Point (in Te Anau) and Wanaka (Mount Iron Track & Wanaka). There's much more to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, trek along Queenstown Hill, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary builder site.

Melbourne, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 7:

4
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Dunedin, New Zealand

Edinburgh of the South

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Larnach Castle & Gardens and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Otago Peninsula and Tunnel Beach Track. When in Dunedin, make a side trip to see Moeraki Boulders Beach in Oamaru, approximately Oamaru away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden, and make a trip to The World's Steepest Street.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dunedin road trip planning tool.

Drive from Queenstown to Dunedin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:

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Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit. Get a sense of the local culture at Taranaki Falls and Te Porere Redoubt. Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. On the 12th (Sat), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's lots more to do: trek along Rotopounamu Track, stroll through Ridge Track, and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Tongariro National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 16:

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Taupo, New Zealand

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Boat Tours & Water Sports and Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve. Get in touch with nature at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. There's much more to do: trek along Huka Falls Walkway, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, and make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Taupo online vacation planner.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. Visiting Mount Maunganui Summit Track and Horseback Riding Tours will get you outdoors. Step out of Rotorua to go to Mount Maunganui and see Mt Maunganui Main Beach, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take a memorable tour with Tours, steep yourself in history at Government Gardens, and take a stroll through Eat Street.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 27:

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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): stroll through Ruakuri Walk, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the next day, take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves online vacation planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

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Sydney, Australia

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bondi to Coogee Walk and Blue Mountains. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park and Australian National Maritime Museum. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Katoomba (Bridal Veil Falls & The Three Sisters), Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, admire all the interesting features of Chinese Garden of Friendship, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder.

You can fly from Waitomo Caves to Sydney in 9 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Waitomo Caves to Sydney is minus 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 5:

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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Mossman Gorge Centre and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda) and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas (in Port Douglas). There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip maker website.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 37°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 12:

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Kangaroo Island, Australia

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seal Bay Conservation Park and Flinders Chase National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Tours and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Raptor Domain, explore the striking landscape at Admirals Arch, head outdoors with Remarkable Rocks, and see majestic marine mammals with Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island online route planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Kangaroo Island in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Cairns to Kangaroo Island, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 18:

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Albany, Australia

Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Greens Pool and Little Beach. Get in touch with nature at Tree Top Walk and Emu Point. The adventure continues: examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Albany trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Albany in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. You'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Kangaroo Island to Albany due to the time zone difference. In January in Albany, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:

7
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Margaret River, Australia

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.
Visiting Lake Cave and Jewel Cave will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Hamelin Bay and Gnarabup Beach. Explore Margaret River's surroundings by going to Meelup Beach (in Dunsborough), Yallingup (Yallingup Beach, Canal Rocks, &more) and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (in Augusta). On the 27th (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Caves Road, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Sunflowers Animal Farm, and Head underground at Mammoth Cave.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Margaret River trip planning website.

Getting from Albany to Margaret River by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 28: