47 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

47 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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47 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kristiansand, Norway
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Port Douglas, Australia
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
3
Paihia, New Zealand
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h
5
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
7
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
8
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  36​h
End: Kristiansand, Norway


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4
nights
Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Port Douglas side-trips: Diwan (Alexandra Bay Waterfall & Daintree Entomological museum) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at With Sugar, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas travel route website .

Kristiansand, Norway to Port Douglas is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Kristiansand in December; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

4
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.
When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take a leisurely stroll along The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Cairns online route planner .

Traveling by bus from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
When in Paihia, make a side trip to see Bream Head Coast Walks in Whangarei, approximately 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and find something for the whole family at Action World.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paihia trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Cairns to Paihia in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Paihia. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Bream Head Coast Walks
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Taupo (Huka Honey Hive, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, admire all the interesting features of Te Puia, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planning app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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, stroll through Moraine Walk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and trek along Mount Fox Route.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier travel planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Rotorua to Fox Glacier in 11 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef Glacier
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

5
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Go for a jaunt from Queenstown to Wanaka to see Mount Aspiring National Park about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, enjoy some diversion at Break One Clay Target Shooting, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines.

Plan a trip to Queenstown easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mount Aspiring National Park
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours

5
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 17th (Sun), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Te Anau trip simple and quick.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

5
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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Sydney in 9.5 hours. Traveling from Te Anau to Sydney, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

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

5
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Melbourne, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 29:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
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, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, get outside with Walpa Gorge, and get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip maker tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

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
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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