60 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 1 night
Fly to Darwin, Bus to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia
— 3 nights
Bus to Charles Eaton Drive, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
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Bowen, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Airlie Beach, Australia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Hamilton Island, Australia
— 1 night
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Proserpine, Australia
— 1 night
Fly to Hervey Bay Airport, Drive to Maryborough
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Maryborough, Australia
— 2 nights
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Brisbane, Australia
— 3 nights
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Gold Coast, Australia
— 2 nights
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Byron Bay, Australia
— 3 nights
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Broken Hill, Australia
— 2 nights
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Tanunda, Australia
— 1 night
Drive
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Lyndoch, Australia
— 1 night
Drive to Adelaide International Airport, Fly to Melbourne International Airport
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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly to Hobart, Bus to No.1 Victoria St
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Coles Bay, Australia
— 3 nights
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Taxi to Swansea, Victoria St, Bus to Hobart, Fly to Queenstown
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly to Christchurch, Train to Kaikoura
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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Ferry to Downtown Ferry Terminal Pier 2, Fly to Kerikeri
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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and Sydney Jewish Museum. Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Rocks, get engrossed in the history at Customs House, stroll through Bondi Beach, and look for gifts at Opal Minded.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney travel itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Sydney, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. August in Sydney sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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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 6th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and then hike along Kuniya Walk.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. While traveling from Sydney, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

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Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, get great views at Mirray Lookout, and then take a tour by water with Yellow Water Cruises. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mamukala Billabong.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) trip maker tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cairns.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Opal Reef and Shark Diving. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and St Monica's Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio & Sunday Market Port Douglas). And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, stroll through Yorkeys Knob Beach, and admire the striking features of Freshwater Station.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Cairns in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 0.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Cairns are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Bowen.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Bowen, Australia

Bowen is a coastal town and locality in the Whitsunday Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Queens Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Horseshoe Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grays Bay, and finally don't miss a visit to Mother Beddock Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at The Big Mango, let little ones run wild at Bowen Water Park Playground, and then head off the coast to Gloucester Island National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bowen trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Bowen takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Bowen when traveling from Cairns in August, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Bowen

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Airlie Beach, Australia

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Art Whitsunday Gallery & Shop and Into The Blue Gallery. We've included these beaches for you: Airlie Beach Lagoon and Boathaven Beach. Spend the 18th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, surround yourself with nature on Turtle Tours, and hunt for treasures at Lions Airlie Beach Markets.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Airlie Beach trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Bowen to Airlie Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Bowen in August, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Airlie Beach: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Hamilton Island, Australia

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island online trip itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Hamilton Island can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Proserpine.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Spas

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Proserpine, Australia

Proserpine is a town and a locality in the Whitsunday Region, Queensland, Australia. On the 20th (Fri), take a memorable tour with Crocodile Safari, then see the interesting displays at Proserpine Museum, and then look for gifts at Colour Me Crazy.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Proserpine planner.

Explore your travel options from Hamilton Island to Proserpine with the Route module. Traveling from Hamilton Island in August, Proserpine is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for Maryborough.

Things to do in Proserpine

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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Maryborough, Australia

Maryborough is a city located on the Mary River in Queensland, Australia, approximately 255km north of the state capital, Brisbane. On the 22nd (Sun), learn about winemaking at Hill of Promise Estate Winery, do a tasting at Brierley Wines, do a tasting at Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits, then pause for some photo ops at Mary Poppins Statue, and finally walk around Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary, take an in-depth tour of Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum, admire the striking features of Maryborough City Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Church and Bell Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of Customs House Interpretive Centre, and finally see the interesting displays at Whistle Stop Rail Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Maryborough road trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Proserpine to Maryborough. In August, daytime highs in Maryborough are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Maryborough

Wineries · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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Brisbane, Australia

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Queen Street Mall and State Library Of Queensland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at West End and Boggo Road Gaol (Jail). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Anglican Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Square, and look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Brisbane online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Maryborough to Brisbane takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

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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.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, then stroll through Kirra Beach, then browse the different shops at Robina Town Centre, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kurrawa Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Gold Coast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. August in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Byron Bay, Australia

Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Broken Head Beach and Blue Bay Whale Watching. Hammer and Hand Byron Bay Jewellery and Metal Collective and Richmond River Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Byron Bay side-trips: Lighthouse Beach (in Ballina) and Botanica Rainforest Spa & Retreat: Byron Bay Retreat (in Wilsons Creek). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Tallow Beach, look for gifts at The Byron Bay Book Exchange, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and identify plant and animal life at Broken Head Nature Reserve.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Byron Bay planning website.

Drive from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gold Coast in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Byron Bay, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Broken Hill.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

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Broken Hill, Australia

Visit Broken Hill to tour the mines and stay for the authentic feel of an outback settlement.
On the 1st (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Pro Hart Gallery, identify plant and animal life at The Broken Hill Sculptures & Living Desert Sanctuary, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at School of the Air, and finally take in the exciting artwork at John Dynon Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Royal Flying Doctor Service, The Bruce Langford Visitors Centre, see the interesting displays at Whites Minerals and Mining Museum, and then view the masterpieces at Howard Steer Art - Flying Doctor Artist.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Broken Hill road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Byron Bay to Broken Hill takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Byron Bay in August: highs in Broken Hill hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Tanunda.

Things to do in Broken Hill

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Tanunda, Australia

One of the cities of the Barossa Valley wine-producing region, Tanunda has an easygoing atmosphere stemming from its close connection with agriculture and viniculture.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): do a tasting at Chateau Dorrien and then learn about winemaking at Rusden Wines.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tanunda day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Broken Hill to Tanunda takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. Traveling from Broken Hill in September, expect Tanunda to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lyndoch.

Things to do in Tanunda

Wineries

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Lyndoch, Australia

Lyndoch is a town in Barossa Valley, located on the Barossa Valley Highway between Gawler and Tanunda, 58 km northeast of Adelaide. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): learn about winemaking at Hemera Estate and then learn about winemaking at God's Hill Wines. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Gorge Wildlife Park, then do a tasting at Cobb's Hill Estate, then steep yourself in history at Johnston Oakbank Cellar Door, and finally learn about winemaking at Shaw & Smith.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lyndoch trip builder website.

Lyndoch is very close to Tanunda. In September, daytime highs in Lyndoch are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Lyndoch

Wineries · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Degraves Street and Collins St/Swanston St. Step off the beaten path and head to St Paul's Cathedral and Chadstone - The Fashion Capital. Step out of Melbourne to go to Brighton and see Brighton Beach, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, browse the different shops at Emporium Melbourne, get a taste of the local shopping with Melbourne Central, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Lyndoch to Melbourne with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Lyndoch to Melbourne is 0.5 hours. In September in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Melbourne

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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Coles Bay, Australia

Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
On the 8th (Wed), kick back and relax at Wineglass Bay, then kick back and relax at Honeymoon Bay, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hazards Beach. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Gala Estate Vineyard, stop by Melshell Oyster Shack, and then kick back and relax at Friendly Beaches.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Coles Bay travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Coles Bay takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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.
On the 11th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, then do a tasting at Brennan Wines, then do a tasting at Mt Rosa Wines, and finally indulge your senses at Roaring Wine Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Queenstown sightseeing app.

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Coles Bay to Queenstown in 13.5 hours. Traveling from Coles Bay to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Kaikoura, New Zealand

Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 13th (Mon), hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Fyffe House, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then trek along Ohau Stream Walk, and finally look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura route planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Queenstown to Kaikoura in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails · Parks

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Wellington, New Zealand

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): have fun at Fragrifert Parfumeur, the Victorian Perfumery, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Paraparaumu Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at Government House, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, and finally wander the streets of Cuba Street.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Wellington journey planner.

You can fly from Kaikoura to Wellington in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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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.
On the 17th (Fri), witness a stunning natural landmark at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, then look for gifts at Jelly Belly Store & Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Papamoa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at aMAZEme, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, then have fun at 3D Trick Art Gallery, and finally take a stroll through Eat Street.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip builder.

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rotorua are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Auckland, New Zealand

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.
For shopping fun, head to Ponsonby or Devonport. Get a sense of the local culture at Auckland Museum and Soljans Estate Winery. Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Orewa Beach (in Orewa) and Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Browns Bay Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Takapuna Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at La Cigale French Market, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Strand Arcade.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip maker site.

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rotorua in September: highs in Auckland hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Island of Wine

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Thai Lanna Massage Therapy and The Waiheke BBQ Tour. Head to Space Art Gallery and Waiheke Wine Centrefor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Oneroa Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Onetangi Forest and Bird Reserve, do a tasting at Podere Crisci Winery, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Waiheke Island trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Auckland to Waiheke Island takes 2 hours. When traveling from Auckland in September, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Waiheke Island: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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Kerikeri, New Zealand

Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. On the 26th (Sun), stop by The Old Packhouse Market, look for all kinds of wild species at The Parrot Place, then look for all kinds of wild species at Russell Nature Walks, and finally contemplate the long history of Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House. Keep things going the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Masterpieces Art Gallery, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kerikeri trip maker website.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Waiheke Island to Kerikeri in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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.

Kakadu National Park travel guide

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World heritage site · Nature & Wildlife Tours · Geologic Formations
In Australia's biggest national park you'll find rugged escarpments, lush rainforest and rock art galleries up to 20,000 years old. Learn about Aboriginal culture from traditional owners the Bininj/Mungguy people, take in thundering waterfalls and witness millions of migratory birds among the wetlands. Experience Kakadu's magic in six dramatically different seasons. International flights arrive directly into Darwin from many global hubs. From the airport it's about a three hour drive by car to Kakadu National Park. Follow the Nature's Way route from Darwin for a longer adventure through the Top End.

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Barossa Valley travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Gift & Specialty Shops
A broad, verdant valley formed by the North Para River, Barossa Valley enjoys prominence as a result of the area’s focus on viniculture. Vineyards have been a common sight in Barossa Valley, one of Australia’s most notable wine-producing regions, since 1852, when the Bethany vineyard was first planted. The area maintains a strong association with the German community.

New Zealand travel guide

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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.

Bay of Islands travel guide

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Historic Sites · Swim with Dolphins · Dolphin & Whale Watching
World-renowned place for big-game fishing, the subtropical microregion of Bay of Islands has enjoyed fame ever since the adventure novelist Zane Grey released "Tales of the Angler's El Dorado, New Zealand" in the 1930s. Your own Bay of Islands trip can be as adventurous as you like, with great opportunities for spotting whales, dolphins, marlins, and penguins, as well as popular dive spots. Don't forget to turn your gaze upward from the abundant sea: the sky here is the second-bluest in the word, according to a scientific study conducted early in the 21st century. The bay's many islands have great hiking trails, and long sandy beaches stretch along the coves and inlets on the mainland.