19 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 1 night
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Port Douglas, Australia
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia — 3 nights

Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Uluru, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take in the pleasant sights at Mala Walk, and don't miss a visit to Field of Light.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a 1.5 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in May, you will find days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are little chillier (28°C), and nights are colder (12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Melbourne.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Melbourne, Australia — 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 13th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May, things will get a bit cooler in Melbourne: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can fly to Queenstown.
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Wineries · Tours · Museums · Parks
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Queenstown, New Zealand — 1 night

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Park, then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown travel route website.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Queenstown takes 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).
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Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): trek along Red Tarns Track, make a trip to Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and then hike along Hooker Valley Track. Keep things going the next day: hike along Mueller Hut Route, then hike along Glencoe Walk, and then take in the awesome beauty at Glentanner High Country Heli Hike.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) itinerary builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Queenstown to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Taupo.
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Taupo, New Zealand — 1 night

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip planner.

Getting from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Taupo by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.
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Rotorua, New Zealand — 2 nights

Sulphur City

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.
On the 19th (Fri), witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then admire the masterpieces at Rotorua Museum. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and then contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney, Australia — 3 nights

The Harbour City

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, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through The Rocks, enjoy breathtaking views from Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney tour planner.

You can fly from Rotorua to Sydney in 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Rotorua in May, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Cairns.
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Cairns, Australia — 1 night

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
On the 24th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Cairns reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Port Douglas.
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Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Port Douglas, Australia — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Australia travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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