57 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

57 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
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Lord Howe Island, Australia
— 2 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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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
— 4 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 6 nights
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 4 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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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly to Hokitika, Bus to Fox Glacier
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Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Drive to Queenstown International Airport, Fly to Armidale Airport

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Sydney, Australia

— 6 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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi to Coogee Walk and The National Pass. Visit Bondi Beach and Bronte Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Katoomba (Narrow Neck Trail & Bridal Veil Falls), Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, browse the exhibits of ATTY Gallery, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

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Armidale to Sydney is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Lord Howe Island, Australia

— 2 nights
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, see the interesting displays at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lord Howe Island trip itinerary app.

Fly from Sydney to Lord Howe Island in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Lord Howe Island is 0.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Fraser Island, Australia

— 4 nights
Relax by the water at Indian Head and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Get in touch with nature at Australian Sunset Safaris Day Tours and Eli Creek.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fraser Island trip maker tool.

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island in 13 hours. Traveling from Lord Howe Island to Fraser Island, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Fraser Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Port Douglas, Australia

— 4 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.
Head to Daintree Entomological museum and Ngarru Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Visit Trinity Beach and Four Mile Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas), Daintree Discovery Centre (in Cow Bay) and Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, and take a peaceful walk through Gondwana Rainforest.

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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 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

— 2 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 25th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, go for a walk through Mala Walk, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore and take pictures at Uluru. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, then go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker site.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is minus 0.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Port Douglas in December: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 42°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Melbourne, Australia

— 6 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.
Head to Museum of Chinese Australian History and Australian Print Workshopfor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and Wine Tours & Tastings. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Panorama Garden Estate (in Boneo) and Sorrento (WaterMaarq & Diamond Bay). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, get engrossed in the history at Immigration Museum, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online trip maker.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in December, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 30°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Visiting Phantom Sailing and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Whangarei (Bream Head Coast Walks & Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve), Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads) and Pompallier Mission and Printery (in Russell). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, explore and take pictures at Opua Forest Lookout Track, pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church, and admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Melbourne to Paihia in 8.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Get some cultural insight at Te Puia and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and Government Gardens will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, trek along Lake Okareka Walkway, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua online attractions planner.

Getting from Paihia to Rotorua by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
Head to Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire and Lava Glassfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Next up on the itinerary: push the limits with an extreme tour, head outdoors with Taupo Rod & Tackle, take in the exciting artwork at L'Arte, and stroll through Kinloch Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo holiday planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit. Your inner history buff will appreciate Active Outdoor Adventures and Te Porere Redoubt. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, trek along Ridge Track, stroll through Rotopounamu Track, and take in the pleasant sights at Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip maker.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Aranui Cave.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Fox Glacier, New Zealand

— 3 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Get a sense of the local culture at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery and River Walk. Step out of the city life by going to Fox Glacier South Side Walk and Mount Fox Route. Get out of town with these interesting Fox Glacier side-trips: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track, Kea Point Track, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Gillespies Beach, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, trek along Minnehaha Walk, and take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier trip planning app.

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 on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Kiwi Birdlife Park. Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, hike along Ben Lomond Track, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 6 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.
Get in touch with nature at Hollyford Track and Doubtful Sound. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Te Anau: Milford Sound (Monkey Creek, Bowen Falls, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Marian Track.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.