51 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

51 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
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Gold Coast, Australia
— 2 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
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Kangaroo Island, Australia
— 4 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
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McLaren Vale, Australia
— 2 nights
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Albany, Australia
— 2 nights
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Perth, Australia
— 5 nights
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Caloundra, Australia
— 2 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ultimate Queenstown as well as The Walk In Wardrobe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Te Anau (Milford Sound & Gertrude Saddle) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). On the 17th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Ahmedabad, India to Queenstown is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 6.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Te Anau, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

3
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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.
Take a break from Wellington with a short trip to Southward Car Museum in Paraparaumu, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take in nature's colorful creations at Lady Norwood Rose Garden, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and appreciate the history behind John Plimmer Statue.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Wellington using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Southward Car Museum, Wellington Botanic Garden
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Taupo (Huka Honey Hive, Huka Falls Walkway, &more), Waitomo Caves (Ruakuri Walk, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take in the natural beauty of Te Puia.

To find where to stay and tourist information, use the Rotorua tour site.

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Waitomo Caves, Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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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.
When in Auckland, make a side trip to see EcoZip Adventures in Oneroa, approximately Oneroa away. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in December, you will find days in Auckland are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

EcoZip Adventures
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
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EcoZip Adventures ©
EcoZip Adventures
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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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.
On the 3rd (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Gallery of Modern Art, find something for the whole family at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane, and then walk around South Bank Parklands. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, then take in nature's colorful creations at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane road trip app.

You can fly from Auckland to Brisbane in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Brisbane is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland in January, expect nights in Brisbane to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout ©
Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park and then try out the rides at Infinity Attraction. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Jetpack Flyboard Adventures, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, and then stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Gold Coast sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Brisbane to Gold Coast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

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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.
On the 7th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take a stroll through The Rocks, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see a show at Sydney Opera House, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney day trip tool.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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

4
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Kangaroo Island, Australia

Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, identify plant and animal life at Raptor Domain, sample the fine beverages at Kangaroo Island Spirits, and head outdoors with Remarkable Rocks.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island online journey planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Kangaroo Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
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Off-Road Tours
Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari ©
Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park

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Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately Torquay away. Dedicate the 16th (Sun) 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, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and stroll around Fitzroy Gardens.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Melbourne vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Kangaroo Island to Melbourne. In January in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to McLaren Vale.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

The Great Ocean Road, Jewish Holocaust Centre
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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McLaren Vale, Australia

McLaren Vale ©
McLaren Vale is a small rural town in South Australia famous for producing world class red wine. On the 18th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Wirra Wirra Vineyards, head off the coast to Granite Island, then don't miss a visit to The Goolwa Barrage, and finally paddle through the water with Canoe The Coorong - Day Tours. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your senses at Wine Diva Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then do a tasting at Primo Estate.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read McLaren Vale trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to McLaren Vale takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in McLaren Vale can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Albany.

Things to do in McLaren Vale

Tours · Wineries · Adventure

Side Trips

Goolwa, Granite Island
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:
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Canoe The Coorong - Day Tours ©
Canoe The Coorong - Day Tours
Wine Diva Tours ©
Wine Diva Tours
Primo Estate ©
Primo Estate

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Albany, Australia

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then stroll through Little Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at The Gap and Natural Bridge, then learn about winemaking at Singlefile Wines, then kick back and relax at Greens Pool, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Elephant Rocks.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Albany trip builder app.

Fly from McLaren Vale to Albany in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from McLaren Vale to Albany due to the time zone difference. In January, Albany is little chillier than McLaren Vale - with highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Perth.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Denmark
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
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Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach
Elephant Rocks ©
Elephant Rocks

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Perth, Australia

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Step out of Perth to go to Fremantle and see Fremantle Prison, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Dedicate the 25th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, appreciate the history behind State War Memorial, get some thrills out on the water with Jetsurf Perth, and contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Perth journey builder.

Traveling by flight from Albany to Perth takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Albany in January, expect Perth to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Caloundra.

Things to do in Perth

Tours · Wineries · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fremantle, Jetsurf Perth, Adventure World
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

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Caloundra, Australia

Caloundra ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get your game on at SunJet Simulations, admire the natural beauty at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kings Beach. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bulcock Beach and then zoom along the surf with Caloundra Jet Ski.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Caloundra sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Perth to Caloundra takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Perth to Caloundra, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in January, expect nights in Caloundra to be somewhat warmer, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Caloundra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:
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Caloundra Jet Ski ©
Caloundra Jet Ski
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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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.
On the 29th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and finally get great views at Rex Lookout.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas online trip builder.

You can fly from Caloundra to Port Douglas in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Caloundra in January, you will find days in Port Douglas are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Wangetti, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip maker tool.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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