53 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

53 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Gold Coast, Australia
— 4 nights
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
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Canberra, Australia
— 3 nights
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Katoomba, Australia
— 4 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 9 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, &more). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, enjoy the sand and surf at Burleigh Heads Beach, and head outdoors with Pelican Feeding.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Gold Coast trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Manchester, UK to Gold Coast is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Gold Coast is 10 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Puketi Nature Trail (in Kerikeri) and Whangarei (Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve & Bream Head Coast Walks). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church, steep yourself in history at KeriKeri New Zealand, and hike along Kerikeri River Track.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Paihia takes 9.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Gold Coast to Paihia is 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro National Park is known for trails, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Mead's Wall, trek along Silica Rapids Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Northern Circuit, and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Paihia to Tongariro National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taupo: Rotorua (St. Lukes Anglican Church, Horseback Riding Tours, &more). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, take in nature's colorful creations at Joan Williamson Rose Garden, let the kids burn off some steam at Huka Prawn Park, and get interesting insight from Tours.

Start your trip to Taupo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Fox Glacier South Side Walk, River Walk, &more) and Callery Gorge Walk (in Franz Josef).

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Taupo to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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.
Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Milford Sound in Te Anau--about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, tee off at Queenstown Golf Club, enjoy some diversion at Break One, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planning website.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Melbourne, Australia

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip builder app.

You can fly from Queenstown to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. September in Melbourne sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Canberra.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

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Canberra, Australia

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Canberra is known for museums, childrens museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and have some family-friendly fun at Breakr.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Canberra trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne in September, Canberra is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

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Katoomba, Australia

Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Go for a jaunt from Katoomba to Faulconbridge to see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, get outside with Eagle Rock Adventures Pty Ltd, don't miss a visit to Echo Point Lookout, and trek along Grand Canyon track.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Katoomba attractions website.

You can drive from Canberra to Katoomba in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canberra in September, expect Katoomba to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Sydney.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner.

You can drive from Katoomba to Sydney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Katoomba in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 14°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

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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.

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.

New South Wales travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Theaters · Hiking Trails
New South Wales boasts stunning snow-capped mountains, sandy beaches, and prosperous cities, including its capital, Sydney. Interior forests and highlands contrast with the coastal plains and oceanside landscape. Foodies on holiday in New South Wales can revel in the country's economic heartland, where vineyards flourish and farmer's markets bring an abundance of local produce to the table. Base yourself in Sydney, a glamorous spot from which to explore, and then head to the beaches to swim and surf.