30 days in Tokyo, Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in Tokyo, Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
2
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
4
Alice Springs, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Darwin, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Broome, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
7
Albany, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h
8
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Port Macquarie, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
10
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
11
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  23 h
End: Seattle, United States

2
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, thenmake a trip to Tokyo National Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Tokyo Central Railway Station. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun and explore at KidZania Tokyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Jinjya, thenexplore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in August, with highs in Tokyo at 88°F and lows at 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get outdoors at Mossman Gorge Centre and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to The Crystal Caves (in Atherton), Horses in Port (in Port Douglas) and Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton). It doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Michael Seebeck Gallery and take in the exciting artwork at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Tokyo to Cairns in 11 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to Cairns due to the time zone difference. In August, Cairns is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 80°F and lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The Crystal Caves, Trinity Beach, Horses in Port, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:
Highlights from your plan
Mossman Gorge Centre ©
Mossman Gorge Centre
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the galleries of Walkatjara Art, thenhike along Uluru Hiking Path, thenadmire all the interesting features of Uluru, and finally trek along Kuniya Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, thentake in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park when traveling from Cairns in September, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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Alice Springs, Australia

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum, steep yourself in history at Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, thenget answers to all your questions at Alice Springs School of the Air, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Desert Park. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Alice Springs Reptile Centre, and then examine the collection at Road Transport Hallf of Fame.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Alice Springs trip maker app.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Alice Springs can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum ©
Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Reptile Centre ©
Alice Springs Reptile Centre

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Darwin, Australia

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours and then examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Darwin road trip planner.

Getting from Alice Springs to Darwin by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Darwin, with highs around 91°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Broome.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Defence of Darwin Experience ©
Defence of Darwin Experience

2
nights
Broome, Australia

Broome ©
A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Broome Historical Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Gantheaume Point, thenidentify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park, and finally stroll the grounds of Japanese Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Cable Beach and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Broome trip planner.

Fly from Darwin to Broome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1.5 hours. Traveling from Darwin in September, expect little chillier with lows of 65°F in Broome. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in Broome

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Broome Historical Museum ©
Broome Historical Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cable Beach ©
Cable Beach

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nights
Albany, Australia

Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
On the 11th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, thenget interesting insight from Tours, thenexamine the collection at National Anzac Centre, and finally appreciate the history behind Desert Mounted Corps Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Albany's Historic Whaling Station and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Albany sightseeing website.

You can fly from Broome to Albany in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Broome in September, expect nights in Albany to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are cooler, around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Albany

Museums Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Albany's Historic Whaling Station ©
Albany's Historic Whaling Station
National Anzac Centre ©
National Anzac Centre

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Mrs Macquarie's Chair. Do some cultural sightseeing at Australian National Maritime Museum and Sydney Opera House. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, stroll through Manly Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Albany to Sydney by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Albany to Sydney, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Albany in September, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 71°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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Port Macquarie, Australia

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 16th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Breakwall Waking Path, thenhike along Coastal walk, thenidentify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and finally see the interesting displays at Roto House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse, and then explore the striking landscape of Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Port Macquarie road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Port Macquarie takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Sydney in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Port Macquarie: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Coronet Peak and Queenstown Hill. Get a sense of the local culture at Silver Fern Gallery and Artbay Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Queenstown to Wanaka to see Lake Wanaka about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get your game on at Dark Ride, and learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Queenstown takes 9 hours. Traveling from Port Macquarie to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Wanaka, Arrowtown Village
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Buried Village of Te Wairoa and Tukairangi Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo) and Mount Maunganui (Mt Maunganui Main Beach & Mount Maunganui Base Track). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Rotorua takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Tauranga, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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