29 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

29 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
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Alice Springs, Australia
— 2 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 1 night
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Fitzroy Island, Australia
— 2 nights
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Mena Creek, Australia
— 1 night
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Melbourne, Australia

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Great Ocean Road Tours, Melbourne River Cruises, Coops Shot Tower, and other attractions. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne attractions planner.

Kansas City, USA to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 16 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Kansas City in January; daily highs in Melbourne reach 81°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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Alice Springs, Australia

The Heart of Central Australia

Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, Mbantua Fine Art Gallery and Earth Sanctuary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): catch all the local highlights with Earth Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Mbantua Fine Art Gallery and then surround yourself with nature on Pyndan Camel Tracks.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Alice Springs trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Melbourne to Alice Springs by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Melbourne to Alice Springs, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Alice Springs at 96°F and lows at 71°F. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Shopping
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Pyndan Camel Tracks ©
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Pyndan Camel Tracks
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Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Valley of the Winds, Walpa Gorge, Mutitjulu Waterhole, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. January in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 99°F and lows of 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums
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Uluru ©
World heritage site
Uluru
4.6
Walpa Gorge ©
Geologic Formation
Walpa Gorge
4.5

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Cairns, Australia

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park as well as Kuranda Scenic Railway. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Wooroonooran National Park. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Kuranda Scenic Railway and then take in a show at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip builder tool.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fitzroy Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Nightlife · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

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Fitzroy Island, Australia

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fitzroy Island National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Fitzroy Island trip itinerary planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cairns to Fitzroy Island. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Mena Creek.

Things to do in Fitzroy Island

Parks · Nature
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Mena Creek, Australia

Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): walk around Paronella Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mena Creek tour app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fitzroy Island to Mena Creek. In January, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Port Douglas.

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Parks
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Agincourt Reef, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): see the vivid underwater world at Agincourt Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip maker site.

Getting from Mena Creek to Port Douglas by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

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Sydney, Australia

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Speed Boats Tours and Photography Tours. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of The Rocks, and get to know the fascinating history of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney road trip site.

You can fly from Port Douglas to Sydney in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Port Douglas in February; daily highs in Sydney reach 80°F and lows reach 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

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Speed Boats Tour
Speed Boats Tours
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Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk ©
Historic Walking Area
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk
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Te Anau, New Zealand

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fiordland Jet and Te Anau Glowworm Caves. On the 7th (Sun), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, see the world from above with Southern Lakes Helicopters, and trek along Gertrude Saddle.

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Getting from Sydney to Te Anau by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. 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 8th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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Hollyford Track ©
Must see
Hollyford Track
5.0
Fiordland Jet ©
Speed Boats Tour
Fiordland Jet
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Queenstown, New Zealand

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, experience rural life at Wanaka Lavender Farm, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally trek along Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy some diversion at Break One and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games · Parks

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Break One ©
Must see
Break One
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Rotorua, New Zealand

Sulphur City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, then hike along Blue Lake Track, then let the river carry you with Wet 'n' Wild Rafting Company, and finally do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Arawa War Memorial Statue, steep yourself in history at Government Gardens, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park.

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Getting from Queenstown to Rotorua by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

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Blue Lake Track ©
Hiking Trail
Blue Lake Track
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Government Gardens ©
Historic Site
Government Gardens
4.5
Kuirau Park ©
Hot Spring
Kuirau Park
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Auckland, New Zealand

City of Sails

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.
On the 13th (Sat), shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then appreciate the history behind MJ Savage Memorial Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland online road trip planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 72°F in Auckland. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Adventure
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
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Climbing Tour
Climbing Tours
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