23 days in Australia, New Zealand & Thailand Itinerary

23 days in Australia, New Zealand & Thailand Itinerary

Make it your trip
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Sydney
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights


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.
Melbourne is known for sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

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

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. While traveling from London, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Queenstown.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and tour the depths of the sea with Hydro Attack.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown journey builder app.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Queenstown takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Te Anau.
Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games · Adventure

Te Anau, New Zealand — 4 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.
On the 13th (Mon), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, stroll through The Chasm Walk, and hike along Kepler Track.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Te Anau visit planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. On the 17th (Fri), you'll travel to Sydney.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Side Trip

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and take a stroll through Darling Harbour.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Sydney by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Te Anau to Sydney. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to fly to Bangkok.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Bangkok, Thailand — 3 nights

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Bangkok is known for historic sites, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the activities along Chao Phraya River, and get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Sydney to Bangkok in 12.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect Bangkok to be somewhat warmer, temps between 40°C and 30°C. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

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.

Thailand travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.