31 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

31 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
— 1 day
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Egmont National Park, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Nelson, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Punakaiki, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Franz Josef, New Zealand
— 2 nights
10
Wanaka, New Zealand
— 2 nights
11
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
12
Byron Bay, Australia
— 3 nights
13
Nimbin, Australia
— 4 nights
14
Melbourne, Australia
— 1 night

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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 8th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Australian Sports Museum and then stroll through Capital City Trail.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne day trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Melbourne International Airport. In February, daytime highs in Melbourne are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 9:
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Australian Sports Museum ©
Australian Sports Museum

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Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Takapuna Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): stroll through Orewa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway, and then stroll through Browns Bay Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Auckland takes 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in February, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Orewa, Browns Bay Beach, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Climbing Tours

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Taupo, New Zealand

Taupo
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stop by Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, stroll through Kinloch Beach, then glide through the air with Big Sky Parasail, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Lady Knox Geyser.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Taupo itinerary planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Taupo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Egmont National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rotorua, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Lake Taupo
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:
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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Lake Taupo ©
Lake Taupo

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Egmont National Park, New Zealand

Egmont National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): hike along Pouakai Crossing, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Taranaki, and then stroll through Connett Loop Track. Keep things going the next day: trek along Pouakai Circuit, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dawson Falls, and then hike along Wilkies Pools Loop Track.

To find photos and more tourist information, refer to the Egmont National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Egmont National Park takes 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Egmont National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Wilkies Pools Loop Track
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:
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Mount Taranaki ©
Mount Taranaki
Dawson Falls ©
Dawson Falls

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old St Paul's and Wellington Cable Car. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden and Off-Road Tours. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Scorching Bay, hike along Pencarrow Coastal Trail, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bolton Street Cemetery, and take a memorable tour with Dive Wellington.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, use the Wellington travel route planning website.

You can drive from Egmont National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:
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Off-Road Tours
Scorching Bay ©
Scorching Bay
Bolton Street Cemetery ©
Bolton Street Cemetery

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Nelson, New Zealand

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): look for gifts at Frock & Soul, take in the dramatic natural features at The Boulder Bank, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral, then stroll through Spooners Tunnel, and finally grab your bike and head to Railway Reserve.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nelson sightseeing planner.

Fly from Wellington to Nelson in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

The Boulder Bank
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:
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The Boulder Bank ©
The Boulder Bank
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral
Spooners Tunnel ©
Spooners Tunnel

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Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Abel Tasman National Park ©
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kaiteriteri Beach and Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs). Escape the urban bustle at Wainui Falls Track and Tata Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Abel Tasman National Park: Takaka (Labyrinth Rocks, Dancing Sands Distillery, &more). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Riwaka Resurgence, explore the landscape on two wheels at Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park, stroll through HighR Rentals, and hike along The Grove Scenic Reserve.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Abel Tasman National Park itinerary tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nelson to Abel Tasman National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Punakaiki.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Takaka, Kaiteriteri, Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), The Grove Scenic Reserve, Tata Beach
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
The Grove Scenic Reserve ©
The Grove Scenic Reserve
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) ©
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs)
Tonga Island Marine Reserve ©
Tonga Island Marine Reserve

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Punakaiki, New Zealand

Punakaiki ©
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): trek along Truman Track, then get interesting insight from Punakaiki Canoes, then take a pleasant ride with Punakaiki Horse Treks, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Cape Foulwind Walkway, Head underground at Punakaiki Cavern, and then go for a charming ride with Golden Sands Horse and Wagon Tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Punakaiki trip itinerary planning app.

Take a bus from Abel Tasman National Park to Punakaiki in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Punakaiki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Cape Foulwind Walkway, Golden Sands Horse and Wagon Tours
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 24:
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Truman Track ©
Truman Track
Cape Foulwind Walkway ©
Cape Foulwind Walkway
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk

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Franz Josef, New Zealand

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
On the 25th (Thu), go for a walk through Tatare Tunnels Walk, identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre, trek along Peters Pool Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentinel Rock Walk, and finally don't miss a visit to Franz Josef Glacier.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Franz Josef trip tool.

You can drive from Punakaiki to Franz Josef in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk

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Wanaka, New Zealand

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Isthmus Peak Track, get a new perspective on things with Lakeland Wanaka, and then tee off at Wanaka Golf Course. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Wanaka Fine Art Gallery, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then hike along Mount Iron Track.

Before you visit Wanaka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a bus from Franz Josef to Wanaka in 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track
Lakeland Wanaka ©
Lakeland Wanaka

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ben Lomond Track and Mt Crichton Loop Track. Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and Lake Hayes Walkway. There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Queenstown Trail, trek along Tiki Trail, identify plant and animal life at Southern Discoveries - Mt Nicholas Farm Experience, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Lake Hayes Walkway
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 2:
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Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Queenstown Trail ©
Queenstown Trail

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Byron Bay, Australia

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get great views at Pat Morton Lookout, then enjoy the sea views from Fingal Head Lighthouse, and then add some adventure to your tour with Byron Bay Eco Cruises & Kayaks. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Broken Head Beach, get great views at Broken Head Nature Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tallow Beach, and finally trek along Cape Byron Walking Track.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Byron Bay attractions planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Byron Bay takes 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Byron Bay. In March, daytime highs in Byron Bay are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nimbin.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Broken Head, Byron Bay Eco Cruises & Kayaks, Pat Morton Lookout, Fingal Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Byron Bay Eco Cruises & Kayaks ©
Byron Bay Eco Cruises & Kayaks
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

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Nimbin, Australia

Nimbin ©
Nimbin is a village in the Northern Rivers area of the Australian state of New South Wales, approximately 30km north of Lismore, 33km northeast of Kyogle, and 70km west of Byron Bay.Nimbin is notable for the prominence of its environmental initiatives such as permaculture, sustainability and self-sufficiency as well as the cannabis counterculture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Washpool National Park and Minyon Falls. Visiting Whian Whian State Conservation Area and Lamington National Park will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Darlington Park (in Darlington), Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens (in Lismore) and Bexhill Open Air Cathedral (in Bexhill). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Nimbin Rocks, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Warning, view the masterpieces at Nimbin Craft Galler, and admire the sheer force of Protestors Falls.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nimbin trip maker.

Traveling by car from Byron Bay to Nimbin takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Nimbin

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mount Warning, Lamington National Park, Darlington Park, Protestors Falls, Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Darlington Park ©
Darlington Park
Minyon Falls ©
Minyon Falls
Washpool National Park ©
Washpool National Park

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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
On the 10th (Wed), admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building, then explore the world behind art at ArtVo, then look for all kinds of wild species at St Kilda Pier, and finally get outside with Cheap AZ Travel.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne day trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nimbin to Melbourne. Traveling from Nimbin in March, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

St Kilda
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
St Kilda Pier ©
St Kilda Pier
Cheap AZ Travel ©
Cheap AZ Travel
Royal Exhibition Building ©
Royal Exhibition Building

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