57 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

57 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Fraser Island, Australia
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Cairns
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
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Katoomba, Australia
— 4 nights
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Fraser Island, Australia

— 4 nights
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Champagne Pools, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, head off the coast to Waddy Point, and enjoy the sand and surf at Indian Head.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island trip planner.

Armidale to Fraser Island is an approximately 11.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
On the 13th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, don't miss a visit to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then look for gifts at Coffee Works Port Douglas, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas journey maker.

You can do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Port Douglas in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. December in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
On the 15th (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take an exotic tour of Billy Tea Safaris.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour itinerary builder app.

Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Paihia.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Paihia, New Zealand

— 4 nights
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.
Step out of Paihia to go to Waipapa and see Blue River Orchard, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 21st (Tue) at Urupukapuka Island. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate the long history of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church.

Planning Paihia trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Paihia takes 9.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), head off the coast to Hauraki Gulf, make a trip to SkyTower, stop by Pauanesia, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, then admire the striking features of Alberton, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Auckland holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Paihia to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Tours

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

— 2 nights
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.
On the 24th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, identify plant and animal life at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and hike along Lake Okareka Walkway.

Before you visit Rotorua, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, New Zealand

— 5 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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the activities along Whakaipo Bay, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and enjoy some diversion at Clay Break Taupo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

— 4 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 4th (Tue), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Taranaki Falls, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Wellington, New Zealand

— 1 night

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Transportation · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Change things up with these side-trips from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Helicopter Tours, Gillespies Beach, &more).

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip planner.

Getting from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 5 nights
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Milford sound Hwy). On the 12th (Wed), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gertrude Saddle, and trek along Lake Gunn.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau travel planner.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau takes 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 4 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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

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

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Melbourne, Australia

— 4 nights

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.
Dedicate the 23rd (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne. January in Melbourne sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Sydney, Australia

— 5 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.
Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in panoramic vistas at Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

Plan trip to Sydney with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Katoomba, Australia

— 4 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Katoomba is known for nature, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, grab your bike and head to Narrow Neck Trail, get great views at The Three Sisters, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The National Pass.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Katoomba trip maker website.

You can drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Katoomba, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

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.