59 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

59 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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59 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Taupo, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Paihia, New Zealand
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Drive + ferry + Drive:  14​h
10
Fraser Island, Australia
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
11
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
12
Port Douglas, Australia
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Mumbai, India


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6
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. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take a memorable tour with Tours, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Melbourne visit planner.

Mumbai, India to Melbourne is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Melbourne is 4 hours. Traveling from Mumbai in November, expect nights in Melbourne to be little chillier, around 11°C, while days are colder, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

6
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.
Step out of Sydney to go to Katoomba and see Wentworth Falls, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sydney Opera House, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sydney vacation builder app .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

4
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.
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 the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown day trip planning tool .

Fly from Sydney to Queenstown in 6 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

6
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.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, approximately 1h 15 min away. On the 20th (Fri), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along Hollyford Track, head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, and Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Te Anau online journey planner .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mt. Cook Village: Lake Tekapo (Lake Tekapo & The Church of the Good Shepherd). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, hike along Mueller Hut Route, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sealy Tarns Track, and look and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village attractions planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
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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: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, and kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier online trip planner .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:
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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.
On the 29th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then get great views at Mount Victoria, and finally go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

You can plan Wellington trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

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 December, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Hapuka Estuary Walk, Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

6
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.
Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Rotorua (Zipline, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, & more) and Volcanic Activity Centre (in Turangi). And it doesn't end there: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, get curious at Volcanic Activity Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls Walkway, and find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Taupo online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rotorua, Volcanic Activity Centre, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

4
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: Whangarei (Whangarei Falls & Bream Head Coast Walks). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Paihia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Whangarei
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Fraser Island, Australia

Fraser Island ©
Fraser Island is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, outdoors, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie, enjoy the sand and surf at Seventy-Five Mile Beach, take a tour of Maheno Wreck, and stroll through Eli Creek.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Fraser Island online visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car from Paihia to Fraser Island in 14 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, flight, ferry, and car. Traveling from Paihia to Fraser Island, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie
Indian Head ©
Indian Head
Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

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). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, have fun at Muddy's Playground, and don't miss a visit to Green Island.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online visit planner .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas 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. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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