22 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
1
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney
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.
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If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In October in Sydney, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 30th (Wed), you'll travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and then stroll through Burleigh Head National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast day trip app .

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:
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Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

3
nights
Cairns, Australia

Cairns ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mossman Gorge Centre and Trinity Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Agincourt Reef (in Port Douglas). It doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Cairns holiday builder tool .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in October, with highs in Cairns at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Agincourt Reef
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
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Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arataki Visitor Centre and then look for all kinds of wild species at Muriwai Gannet Colony. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Rangitoto Island and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Auckland in 8.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Cairns in November: highs in Auckland hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Arataki Visitor Centre, Muriwai Gannet Colony
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Arataki Visitor Centre ©
Arataki Visitor Centre
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Maunganui Summit Track and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Horseback Riding Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo), River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi) and Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, take in the exciting artwork at Tukairangi Gallery, Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rotorua sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rotorua, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Tauranga, Waitomo Caves, River Rafting & Tubing, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

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Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington ©
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 10th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, then admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Wellington trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rotorua in November, you will find days in Wellington are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Museums
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

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nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Explore hidden gems such as Te Anau Glowworm Caves and The Remarkables Ski Area. Step out of the city life by going to Queenstown Hill and Ben Lomond Track. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Wanaka (Wanaka & Lake Wanaka). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Coronet Peak, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Queenstown sightseeing planner.

Fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Wanaka, Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore hidden gems such as Ballarat Wildlife Park and Eastern Beach Reserve. Let the collections at Art Gallery of Ballarat and HMAS Castlemaine capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Ballarat (Ballarat Botanical Gardens & Lake Wendouree) and Spas (in Daylesford). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne vacation planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Melbourne in 6 hours. Traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Melbourne are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballarat, Eastern Beach Reserve, Spas
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Lake Wendouree ©
Lake Wendouree

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