15 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific trip planner
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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Cairns, Australia — 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mossman Gorge Centre.

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San Francisco, USA to Cairns is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Cairns, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney, Australia — 4 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lets Go Surfing as well as Grand Canyon track. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, go for a walk through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, stroll through Bondi Beach, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

For more things to do and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in August, expect Sydney to be little chillier, temps between 66°F and 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Queenstown.
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Queenstown, New Zealand — 6 nights

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Te Anau Glowworm Caves, Lake Te Anau and AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand. Go for a jaunt from Queenstown to Mount Creighton to see Glenorchy-Queenstown Road about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stroll through Kiwi Birdlife Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown travel website.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Queenstown takes 6 hours. Traveling from Sydney to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Gardens
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.
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New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
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.
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