51 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

51 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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51 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  28​h
1
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
8
Port Douglas, Australia
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
10
Paihia, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Taupo, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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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 19th (Sat), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. On the 21st (Mon), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip itinerary maker app .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Te Anau is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Te Anau is 15 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Step out of Mt. Cook Village with an excursion to Lake Tekapo in Lake Tekapo--about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hike along Hooker Valley Track, explore the activities along Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, stroll through Kea Point Track, and see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village tour itinerary maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

4
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: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk, and hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

5
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.
When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Mount Aspiring National Park in Wanaka, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, see Off-Road Tours, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Mount Aspiring National Park
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Queenstown to Sydney in 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) is minus 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sydney are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) 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 ©
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.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Melbourne trip tool .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
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: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, browse the exhibits of Walkatjara Art, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, and get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get a bit warmer in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Port Douglas: Diwan (Alexandra Bay Waterfall & Daintree Entomological museum) and Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, kick back and relax at Four Mile Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip maker app .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, you will find days in Port Douglas are a bit cooler (37°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and admire all the interesting features of The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns tour planner .

You can take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Palm Cove, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei) and Pompallier Mission and Printery (in Russell). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia vacation planning website .

You can fly from Cairns to Paihia in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Cairns to Paihia, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Pompallier Mission and Printery, The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, Bream Head Coast Walks
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Zipline, & more). The adventure continues: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, get curious at Volcanic Activity Centre, push the limits with an extreme tour, and try out the rides at Huka Prawn Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo online trip planner .

You can fly from Paihia to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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