24 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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24 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Gold Coast, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Mumbai, India


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4
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting The Great Ocean Road and Panorama Garden Estate will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Melbourne Central or Federation Square. There's still lots to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and stroll through St. Kilda Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online attractions planner .

Mumbai, India to Melbourne is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. In October, Melbourne is cooler than Mumbai - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Shopping Scenic Drive

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, St. Kilda Beach, Panorama Garden Estate
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Balloon Rides
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach

3
nights
Cairns, Australia

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): view the masterpieces at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stop by Australian Leather Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, then kick back and relax at Palm Cove Beach, and then stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cairns itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in October: highs in Cairns hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre or Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Heads Beach and Surfers Paradise Beach. Step out of Gold Coast with an excursion to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, stop by Japanache, take in the exciting artwork at Anthea Polson Art, and tee off at Surfers Paradise Golf Club.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November, Gold Coast is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): look for gifts at Sydney Fish Market, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and then trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Darling Harbour and then wander the streets of The Rocks.

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You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. November in Sydney sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Outdoors Parks
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get impressive views of Mount Eden, meet the residents at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Rangitoto Island and then kick back and relax at Piha Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland online journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Auckland takes 7 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. While traveling from Sydney, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Piha Beach
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Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach
Rangitoto Island ©
Rangitoto Island

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, and then take a stroll through Cuba Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip builder tool .

You can fly from Auckland to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Auckland in November, Wellington is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Cuba Street ©
Cuba Street

3
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.
Visiting Milford Sound and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Amisfield Cellar Door or Artbay Gallery. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, browse the exhibits of Queenstown Arts Centre, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Milford Sound
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Zipline

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