21 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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Paihia, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights

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Paihia, New Zealand

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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Skydive Bay of Islands will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for all kinds of wild species at The Parrot Place, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and get in on the family fun at Action World.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paihia trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Paihia is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 20 hours traveling from Seattle to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
4.2
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.6

3
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Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua ©

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 in touch with nature at Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise and Te Puia. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Taupo, New Zealand

Taupo

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): push the limits with an extreme tour, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, then take in the natural beauty of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Taupo travel route planning app.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Must see
Huka Falls Walkway
4.7
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.9

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Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): trek along Silica Rapids Track, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, then hit the best photo ops around with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park journey builder app.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
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Waterfall
Taranaki Falls
4.7

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then Head underground at Caveworld, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Ruakuri Walk, Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, then take a memorable tour with Glowing Adventures, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves road trip site.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Walking tour
Glowing Adventures
5.0
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.6

3
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Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): trek along Mount Fox Route, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then stroll through Minnehaha Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Hiking Trails. On your second day here, trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, trek along Moraine Walk, then hike along Sentinel Rock Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, and finally trek along Peters Pool Walk.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Waitomo Caves to Fox Glacier in 10.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

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World heritage site
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
3.6
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Hiking Trail
Mount Fox Route
4.7

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©

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 20th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, then see a show at Sydney Opera House, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through The Rocks, then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, then take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden of Friendship, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sydney holiday website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Sydney takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Fox Glacier to Sydney, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in January, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

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Beach
Bondi Beach
4.2

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