44 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

44 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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44 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
7
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 15​min
10
Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
11
Taupo, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Paihia, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: London, United Kingdom


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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.
Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Palm Cove Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns online tour itinerary planner .

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in January, with highs in Cairns at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Port Douglas, Australia

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then stop by With Sugar.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas route planner.

Take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

3
nights
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Port Douglas in January: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and browse the collection at State Library Victoria.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne online route planner .

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, Melbourne is little chillier than Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, have fun at Break One Clay Target Shooting, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Queenstown takes 6 hours. Traveling from Sydney to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Break One ©
Break One
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau ©
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 9th (Tue), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along Lake Gunn, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, and stroll through Kepler Track.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau travel planning site .

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

3
nights
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Mt. Cook Village is known for childrens museums, wildlife, outdoors, trails, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hooker Valley Track, hike along Kea Point Track, head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and explore the activities along Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

3
nights
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, hike along Mount Fox Route, stroll through Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk.

To see photos and more tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip planning site .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

1
night
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 17th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Wellington by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In February, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

4
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Amokura Glass, & more). There's still lots to do: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, engage your brain at Volcanic Activity Centre, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set, Tongariro Alpine Crossing
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

6
nights
Paihia, New Zealand

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei) and Pompallier Mission and Printery (in Russell). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get interesting insight from Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get in on the family fun at Action World.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia online itinerary planner .

Fly from Taupo to Paihia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Pompallier Mission and Printery, Bream Head Coast Walks
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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