21 days in Bali, Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in Bali, Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Ubud, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights


Ubud, Indonesia — 2 nights

Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
On the 2nd (Fri), stroll through Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Pantai Sanur. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Tegalalang Rice Terrace, examine the collection at Neka Art Museum, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Threads of Life.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ubud online trip itinerary builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Ubud is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Ubud. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in August; daily highs in Ubud reach 34°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can fly to Sydney.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips

Sydney, Australia — 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sydney Opera House and The Rocks. For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Australian Opal Cutters and Pearl Divers. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately Manly away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sydney online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Ubud to Sydney takes 9.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Ubud to Sydney. When traveling from Ubud in August, plan for little chillier days in Sydney, with highs around 22°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can fly to Queenstown.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods
Side Trips

Queenstown, New Zealand — 5 nights

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Do your shopping at The Walk In Wardrobe and The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown. Visiting Milford Sound and Hollyford Track will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, push the limits with an extreme tour, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip builder.

You can fly from Sydney to Queenstown in 6 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Melbourne.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
Side Trips

Melbourne, Australia — 5 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Shop till you drop at Melbourne Central and Lightning Ridge Opal Mines. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Gallery of Victoria and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Shopping · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Bali travel guide

World heritage site · Spas · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A province of Indonesia, the island of Bali remains one of the world's top tourist destinations thanks to its beaches, diving spots, and resorts. Take a trip to Bali to discover the island's smiling and famously hospitable locals--perhaps the biggest treasure of this tropical paradise. More than just another fun-in-the-sun getaway, Bali also reveals a rich history and varied geography of mountains, rugged coastal areas, sandy beaches, thriving rice terraces, and stark volcanic hillsides that seem transported from another planet. A Bali tour uncovers some of the world's best surfing spots, as well as a deeply spiritual local culture and globally significant archeological attractions.

Australia travel guide

Beaches · Wildlife Areas · 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.

New Zealand travel guide

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.