32 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

32 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Gold Coast, Australia
— 2 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
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Darwin, Australia
— 2 nights
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia
— 4 nights
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Bus to Charles Eaton Drive, Fly to Melbourne, Train to Warrnambool Station, Bus to Port Campbell
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Port Campbell, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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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.
Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and Ohinemutu will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa) and Mount Maunganui (Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Mount Maunganui Base Track, &more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, wander the streets of Eat Street, take in the natural beauty of Kuirau Park, and explore the activities along Lake Rotorua.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Rotorua day trip planning website.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Rotorua is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Rotorua, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in July; daily highs in Rotorua reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Peregrine Wines. Get outdoors at Te Anau Glowworm Caves and Kiwi Birdlife Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door (in Bannockburn), Scott Base Vineyard - Space at the Base (in Cromwell) and Te Anau (Trout Observatory, Punanga Manu o Te Anau, &more). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Coronet Peak, tour the pleasant surroundings at Queenstown Trail, explore the activities along Arrow River, and have some family-friendly fun at Queenstown Ice Arena.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Queenstown by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Gold Coast, Australia

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, stroll through Greenmount Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirra Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Tugun Beach, then kick back and relax at Currumbin Beach, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park. On your second day here, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park, then identify plant and animal life at Federation Walk Coastal Reserve, and then admire the natural beauty at Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens.

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Fly from Queenstown to Gold Coast in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Queenstown to Gold Coast is minus 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Palm Cove Beach and Babinda Boulders. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St Monica's Cathedral and Innisfail Temple. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre (in Mareeba), Yungaburra (The Peterson Creek Walking Track & Platypus Viewing Platform) and The Crystal Caves (in Atherton). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Trinity Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Crystal Cascades, look for all kinds of wild species at Atherton Tablelands, and kick back and relax at Etty Bay.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planning app.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gold Coast in July; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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Port Douglas, Australia

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.
On the 15th (Wed), see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum, identify plant and animal life at Agincourt Reef, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, then play a few rounds at Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course and Restaurant, and finally get outside with Port Douglas Microlights. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Trinity Bay Lookout, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, head outdoors with Horses in Port, then take in the exciting artwork at Studio 49 Artisan Gallery, then get outside with The Bump Track, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ngarru Gallery.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

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Darwin, Australia

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
On the 17th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Casuarina Coastal Reserve, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral Darwin, then cool off at Big Buoy Water Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, then join the crowd at Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex, and finally hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

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Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Douglas to Darwin is minus 0.5 hours. While traveling from Port Douglas, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Darwin, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Escape the urban bustle at Ubirr and Maguk Gorge. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nourlangie Rock and Mamukala Wetlands. When in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), make a side trip to see Mary River National Park in Mary River National Park, approximately Mary River National Park away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, and explore the activities along Jim Jim Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Port Campbell, Australia

Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kids will enjoy Gibsons Steps and Johanna Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Loch Ard Gorge and The Razorback. Get out of town with these interesting Port Campbell side-trips: Melba Gully National Park (in Lavers Hill), Simpson Desert (in Simpson) and Castle Cove (in Glenaire). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Twelve Apostles, stop by Spence, go for a walk through Port Campbell Scenic Lookout, and get outside with The Arch.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Port Campbell tour itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Campbell in 19 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Campbell. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
Kids will enjoy Dolphin & Whale Watching and Darling Harbour. Sydney Opera House and Chinese Garden of Friendship are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park), Katoomba (Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, The Giant Stairway, &more) and Leura Cascades (in Leura). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk, browse the collection at State Library of New South Wales, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

Getting from Port Campbell to Sydney by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Sydney sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.

Australia travel guide

4.6
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.