21 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific tour planner

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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Gold Coast, Australia
— 4 nights
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Brisbane, Australia
— 3 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand

— 4 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Head to Silver Fern Gallery and Lakes District Museum & Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Peregrine Wines and Wine Tours & Tastings. On the 8th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get interesting insight from Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown holiday planner.

Seoul, South Korea to Queenstown is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Korean Standard Time (KST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Melbourne, Australia

— 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Head to Melbourne Central and Federation Squarefor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours & Tastings and Museum of Chinese Australian History. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, take in the exciting artwork at Printmaker Gallery, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Queenstown to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In January in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Wineries · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Sydney, Australia

— 4 nights

The Harbour City

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 Manly Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Walk and Shelly Beach. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, explore the world behind art at Brett Whiteley Studio, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and meet some fierce fish with Dive Centre Manly.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in January since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Australia

— 4 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Craig Parry Photography and Anthea Polson Art. We've included these beaches for you: Burleigh Heads Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Byron Bay (Sundive Byron Bay & Cape Byron Lighthouse). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at David Fleay Wildlife Park, and kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip builder website.

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Brisbane, Australia

— 3 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Head to Opals Down Under and Kawana Shoppingworldfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Opal Museum and Museum of Brisbane. Step out of Brisbane to go to Mooloolaba and see Mooloolaba Beach, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, explore the activities along The Brisbane River, and laugh and play at Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane.

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You can drive from Gold Coast to Brisbane in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.