25 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

25 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
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Gold Coast, Australia
— 2 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
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Cairns, Australia
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

— 3 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, trek along Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally explore the striking landscape at Uluru. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then go for a walk through Lungkata Walk.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip website.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll lose 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September, plan for little chillier days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Gold Coast, Australia

— 2 nights
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets, Burleigh Market, Robina Town Centre, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park, stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and fly like a bird with GC Jet Boat & Parasail.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Gold Coast takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Gold Coast. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Gold Coast: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Tours

Sydney, Australia

— 4 nights

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, test your problem-solving skills at The Cipher Room, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

For ratings and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Sydney are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Queenstown, New Zealand

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Enjoi NZ as well as Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa. There's much more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, have fun at Break One, stroll around Village Green, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip builder tool.

You can fly from Sydney to Queenstown in 6 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Fun & Games · Parks · Tours

Christchurch, New Zealand

— 1 night

Garden City

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 22nd (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get around town with TranzAlpine Train.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Christchurch travel planning tool.

You can drive from Queenstown to Christchurch in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. In September in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Parks · Museums

Taupo, New Zealand

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Taupo Tandem Skydiving as well as Rapids Jet. Venture out of the city with trips to Ridge Track (in Whakapapa), Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, &more) and Tongariro National Park (Te Porere Redoubt & Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway and find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Taupo road trip planning website.

You can fly from Christchurch to Taupo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Auckland, New Zealand

— 2 nights

City of Sails

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Viaduct Harbour, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and finally make a trip to SkyTower. Here are some ideas for day two: get impressive views of Mount Eden, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then buy something for everyone on your list at The Strand Arcade.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Nature · Nightlife

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Back Country Bliss Adventures as well as Calypso Reef Cruises. Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take an exotic tour of Back Country Bliss Adventures and then identify plant and animal life at Calypso Reef Cruises. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Opal Reef and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Port Douglas takes 9 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Port Douglas. Traveling from Auckland in September, expect nights in Port Douglas to be a bit warmer, around 22°C, while days are much hotter, around 33°C. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Cairns, Australia

— 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, and then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cairns road trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
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.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
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.