59 days in New Zealand, Australia & Tokyo Itinerary

59 days in New Zealand, Australia & Tokyo Itinerary

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59 days in New Zealand, Australia & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 29 nights
Fly:  13​h
2
Brisbane, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Adelaide, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
7
Nelson, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
8
Wellington, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
New Plymouth, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 45​min
10
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: London, United Kingdom


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29
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asakusa Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Venture out of the city with trips to Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita), Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), & more) and Kashima Jingū Shrine (in Kashima). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sengaku-ji Temple, wander the streets of Ueno, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo sightseeing planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from London in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tateyama, Katsuura, Kamakura, Isumi, Hayama-machi
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Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) ©
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

3
nights
Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, then examine the collection at Opal Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Daisy Hill Conservation Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of D'Aguilar National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane day trip tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Brisbane by flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to Brisbane. Traveling from Tokyo in August, you will find days in Brisbane are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are much colder (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Daisy Hill Conservation Park
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Daisy Hill Conservation Park ©
Daisy Hill Conservation Park
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Circle Walk. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Balmoral Beach, Mosman and North Head Sanctuary. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bronte Beach, wander the streets of The Rocks, get engrossed in the history at Customs House, and stroll through Manly Beach.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sydney online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in August, you will find days in Sydney are little chillier (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Manly, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bronte Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

3
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Visiting Brighton Beach and St Kilda Pier will get you outdoors. St. Patrick's Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Degraves Street, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, explore the engaging exhibits at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and get your game on at Zero Latency.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip 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 August, expect Melbourne to be slightly colder, temps between 16°C and 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Wed) before leaving for Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Brighton Beach
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National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

3
nights
Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Francis Xavier Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Waterfall Gully, get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, take an in-depth tour of State Library of South Australia, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Adelaide route planning site .

Getting from Melbourne to Adelaide by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in August, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Adelaide

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Tanunda, Gorge Wildlife Park
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Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery
Waterfall Gully ©
Waterfall Gully

3
nights
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 30th (Sun), kick back and relax at Corsair Bay, identify plant and animal life at Hinewai Reserve, then contemplate the long history of Ferrymead Heritage Park, and finally wander the streets of Port Hills. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), then explore and take pictures at Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk, and finally pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Christchurch takes 9 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In August, Christchurch is slightly colder than Adelaide - with highs of 14°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hinewai Reserve
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:
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Hinewai Reserve ©
Hinewai Reserve
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)

3
nights
Nelson, New Zealand

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Get a sense of the local culture at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum and Nelson Provincial Museum. Get in touch with nature at Tahunanui Beach and Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Nelson: u-fly extreme (in Motueka) and Havelock Museum (in Havelock). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Pro Karts, identify plant and animal life at Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and enjoy some diversion at Cable Bay Shooting Adventures.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nelson itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Christchurch to Nelson in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks Tours Fun & Games

Side Trips

Havelock, u-fly extreme
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Tahunanui Beach ©
Tahunanui Beach
Brook Waimarama Sanctuary ©
Brook Waimarama Sanctuary

3
nights
Wellington, New Zealand

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bolton Street Cemetery and Poppies Martinborough. Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Peka Peka Beach. There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, learn about all things military at National War Memorial, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Palliser Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Wellington road trip planning website .

You can fly from Nelson to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Wellington are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Peka Peka Beach, Cape Palliser Lighthouse, Poppies Martinborough
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:
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Safaris
Bolton Street Cemetery ©
Bolton Street Cemetery

3
nights
New Plymouth, New Zealand

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Get outdoors at Opunake Beach and Back Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Te Henui Cemetery and Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary. Change things up with these side-trips from New Plymouth: Egmont National Park (Connett Loop Track & Dawson Falls), Rotokare Scenic Reserve (in Eltham) and Taranaki Pioneer Village (in Cardiff). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Oakura Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Te Henui Walkway, and get to know the fascinating history of Port Taranaki Walkway.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our New Plymouth tour itinerary planning website .

Fly from Wellington to New Plymouth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Thu) before leaving for Auckland.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Egmont National Park, Rotokare Scenic Reserve, Opunake Beach, Oakura Beach, Taranaki Pioneer Village
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:
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Rotokare Scenic Reserve ©
Rotokare Scenic Reserve
Taranaki Pioneer Village ©
Taranaki Pioneer Village
Port Taranaki Walkway ©
Port Taranaki Walkway

3
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Step off the beaten path and head to Orewa Beach and Muriwai Gannet Colony. Get some cultural insight at Howick Historical Village and Manukau Heads Lighthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth) and Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway (in Orewa). The adventure continues: make a trip to SkyTower, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, enjoy the sand and surf at Browns Bay Beach, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Nelson Street Cycleway.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland tour itinerary maker website .

Getting from New Plymouth to Auckland by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Orewa, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Tawharanui Regional Park, Room Escape Games, Browns Bay Beach
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Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach

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