15 days in Queensland, Sydney & New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in Queensland, Sydney & New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in Queensland, Sydney & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  20 h
1
Gold Coast, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  21 h
End: Seattle, United States

2
nights
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.
On the 7th (Tue), kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coolangatta Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Heads Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Burleigh Head National Park and then explore the striking landscape of Natural Bridge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast online trip itinerary builder .

Seattle, USA to Gold Coast is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Gold Coast is 18 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in April, with highs in Gold Coast at 78°F and lows at 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Blue Mountains and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Shelly Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Everglades Historic House and Gardens (in Leura), Terrigal Beach (in Terrigal) and Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Bronte Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney attractions planner .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Gold Coast in April, plan for slightly colder days in Sydney, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Terrigal Beach, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Shelly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Wentworth Falls ©
Wentworth Falls
Terrigal Beach ©
Terrigal Beach

2
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Lake Wanaka and Queenstown Hill. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and Wanaka. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get your game on at Dark Ride, and do a tasting at Peregrine Wines.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown itinerary planner.

Getting from Sydney to Queenstown by flight takes about 6 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown Village
Highlights from your plan
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road ©
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road

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.
On the 15th (Wed), examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then contemplate the long history of Old St Paul's, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Wellington Cable Car, then enjoy the sand and surf at Oriental Bay, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip itinerary maker website .

Fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April in Wellington, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's

3
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Redwoods Treewalk and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of the city life by going to Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Horseback Riding Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Maunganui Summit Track (in Mount Maunganui) and Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and stroll through Tikitapu Nature Walk.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary app .

Fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Wellington in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Tauranga, Huka Falls Walkway, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
River Rafting & Tubing
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave

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