60 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

60 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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1
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
2
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 6 nights
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
4
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 4 nights
5
Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
6
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 5 nights
7
Taupo, New Zealand
— 5 nights
8
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
9
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
10
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
11
Paihia, New Zealand
— 5 nights
12
Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
13
Port Douglas, Australia
— 3 nights
14
Cairns, Australia
— 5 nights

5
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Werribee to see Werribee Open Range Zoo about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 3rd (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne vacation planning site.

Ahmedabad, India to Melbourne is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. Traveling from Ahmedabad in December, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Te Anau.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 7:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

6
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, about 1h 5 min away. On the 8th (Wed), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, stroll through Kepler Track, go for a walk through Punanga Manu o Te Anau, and take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau travel route planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Te Anau in 10 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Bowen Falls
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 13:
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

5
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, cruise along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos and tourist information, read Queenstown day trip tool.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
nights
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Take a break from Fox Glacier with a short trip to Franz Josef Glacier in Franz Josef, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, get the adrenaline pumping with Skydive Fox Glacier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Queenstown to Fox Glacier by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
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Glacier Country Kayaks ©
Glacier Country Kayaks
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, then take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the next day, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Wellington takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In December in Wellington, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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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

5
nights
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 25th (Sat), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 26th (Sun), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. The adventure continues: hit the best photo ops around with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mounds Walk, and take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

5
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, bet on your favorite at Formula Challenge Racing, take in the natural beauty of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, and make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Taupo trip builder.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Huka Falls
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls ©
Huka Falls

4
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, trot along with a tour on horseback, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Rotorua are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hobbiton Movie Set, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline

2
nights
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): Head underground at Aranui Cave, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Aranui Cave
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland attractions planning website.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Auckland sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Tours · Wineries
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

5
nights
Paihia, New Zealand

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Russell (Phantom Sailing, Christ Church, &more) and Whangarei (Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve & Bream Head Coast Walks). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hike along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, and admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paihia trip maker website.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Whangarei
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:
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Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Phantom Sailing ©
Phantom Sailing

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Katoomba (The Three Sisters & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Sydney takes 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Paihia to Sydney. January in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Katoomba, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 21:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
nights
Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas ©
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.
Spend the 22nd (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, take an unforgettable tour with GBR Helicopters -Tours, and make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Port Douglas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
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GBR Helicopters -Tours ©
GBR Helicopters -Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

5
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 25th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 26th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cairns are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 29:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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