14 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 day
2
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
3
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
4
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
5
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights

1
day
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Christchurch holiday maker tool.

Charlotte, USA to Christchurch is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Christchurch is 17 hours. Traveling from Charlotte in October, expect Christchurch to be little chillier, temps between 63°F and 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve ©
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, hike along Lake Okareka Walkway, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Christchurch to Rotorua in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Christchurch in October, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Spas · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Huka Falls Walkway
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Horseback Riding Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland online trip builder.

Drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SkyTower ©
SkyTower

3
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.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, have some family-friendly fun at Cairns Kart Hire Track, and enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning app.

You can fly from Auckland to Cairns in 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Auckland in October, plan for much warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 85°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Trinity Beach, Cairns Kart Hire Track
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bondi Beach and Camp Cove. Get in touch with nature at Manly Beach and Coogee Beach. There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner.

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in October: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 76°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

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