34 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

34 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wai-O-Tapu, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Blue Mountains National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kuranda, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kings Canyon, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alice Springs, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights

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Auckland, New Zealand — 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Auckland Explorer Bus as well as Viaduct Harbour. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Viaduct Harbour and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): hit the sights you want to with Auckland Explorer Bus.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Auckland tour itinerary planning app.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In February, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Rotorua.
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Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:

Rotorua, New Zealand — 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Polynesian Spa, Te Pa Tu and Hobbiton Movie Set. On the 3rd (Fri), make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set and then soothe aching muscles at Polynesian Spa. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of local nightlife at Te Pa Tu.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Auckland to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rotorua, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Wai-O-Tapu.
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Parks · Spas · Nature · Nightlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:

Wai-O-Tapu, New Zealand — 1 night

On the 5th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at The Bridge at Waiotapu Stream and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wai-O-Tapu route builder website.

Wai-O-Tapu is just a short distance from Rotorua. In February in Wai-O-Tapu, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 62°F at night. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Wellington.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 6:

Wellington, New Zealand — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Wellington Botanic Garden, Wellington Cable Car and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wellington trip maker website.

You can drive from Wai-O-Tapu to Wellington in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Wai-O-Tapu in February, expect nights in Wellington to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are little chillier, around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Christchurch.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 7:

Christchurch, New Zealand — 3 nights

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Botanic Gardens Tour as well as Canterbury Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to International Antarctic Centre and New Brighton Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Port Hills and The Great Journeys of New Zealand.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch online visit planner.

Fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Christchurch, with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Queenstown.
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Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:

Queenstown, New Zealand — 4 nights

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Peregrine Wines and Chard Farm Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Kiwi Park and Moke Lake. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ben Lomond Track, trek along Lake Hayes Walkway, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planning app.

Fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.
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Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
Side Trip
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 14:

Sydney, Australia — 3 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and Bronte Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sydney Opera House and Anzac Memorial. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately Manly away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Rocks, identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Sydney in 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Queenstown to Sydney is minus 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Sydney are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Blue Mountains National Park.
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Side Trips
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:

Blue Mountains National Park, Australia — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Corridor of Oaks, explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and then take a peaceful walk through Birdwood Gully Park. On your second day here, hike along Horseshoe Falls Walk, get to know the fascinating history of The National Pass, and then take in breathtaking views at Lincoln's Rock.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Blue Mountains National Park trip builder website.

Getting from Sydney to Blue Mountains National Park by car takes about an hour. In February in Blue Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.
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Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:

Cairns, Australia — 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips and Babinda Boulders. Visiting Crystal Cascades and Skydiving will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Gordonvale to see Mulgrave Settlers Museum about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral, take in the dramatic scenery at Behana Gorge Waterfall, brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Samurai Gallery Australia.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Blue Mountains National Park to Cairns. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Blue Mountains National Park in February since evenings lows in Cairns dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Kuranda.
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Side Trips
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 22:

Kuranda, Australia — 2 nights

Kuranda is a town and locality on the Atherton Tableland in the Shire of Mareeba, Far North Queensland, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Saviour's Anglican Church Kuranda, then take in the exciting artwork at Peter Jarver Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kuranda National Park. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at BatReach, then take in the exciting artwork at Didi La Baysse Art Studio & Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuranda route app.

You can drive from Cairns to Kuranda in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February in Kuranda, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 24:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia — 2 nights

Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Mala Walk, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then hike along Kuniya Walk, and finally explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Lungkata Walk, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Walpa Gorge.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip site.

Fly from Kuranda to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is minus 0.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kuranda in February: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 98°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kings Canyon.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:

Kings Canyon, Australia — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Watarrka National Park. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kings Creek Station and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kings Canyon trip simple and quick.

Drive from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Kings Canyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Alice Springs.
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Find places to stay Feb 26 — 28:

Alice Springs, Australia — 3 nights

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alice Springs School of the Air Experience and Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Alice Springs Desert Park and Alice Springs Reptile Centre. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Simpsons Gap, indulge in some personalized pampering at Mombasa Day Spa and Hair Lounge, try to win big at Lasseters Casino, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Gillen.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Alice Springs driving holiday planning tool.

Getting from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. In February, daily temperatures in Alice Springs can reach 97°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Melbourne.
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Parks · Wildlife · Casinos · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 3:

Melbourne, Australia — 3 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Brighton Beach and St Paul's Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Collins St/Swanston St and Royal Exhibition Building. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, examine the collection at Australian Sports Museum, admire the masterpieces at ArtVo, and contemplate the long history of Cooks' Cottage.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Melbourne day trip planning tool.

Getting from Alice Springs to Melbourne by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Alice Springs to Melbourne is 0.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Alice Springs in March: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 78°F and lows are around 56°F.
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Find places to stay Mar 3 — 6:

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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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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