39 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

39 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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39 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
bus + Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Paihia, New Zealand
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 45​min
9
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
11
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil


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4
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at St. Kilda Beach and Sandridge Beach. Shop till you drop at Melbourne Central and Readings Book Shop. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, approximately 1h 40 min away. Spend the 12th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, identify plant and animal life at Warrandyte State Park, and take a stroll through Degraves Street.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary app .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Melbourne is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Melbourne is 13 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Melbourne, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
Highlights from your plan
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Rocks and Darling Harbour. Head to Sydney Fish Market and Rick Rutherford's Countryfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Pulpit Rock Lookout (in Blue Mountains National Park), Featherdale Wildlife Park (in Blacktown) and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Katoomba). There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, shop like a local with Queen Victoria Building (QVB), contemplate the long history of Justice & Police Museum, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney tour planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in January, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Rick Rutherford's Country, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Pulpit Rock Lookout, Featherdale Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Fingal Head Lighthouse and Cape Byron Lighthouse. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Burleigh Heads Beach and Surfer's Paradise Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Caloundra (Moffat Beach & Dicky Beach) and Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach, browse the different shops at Robina Town Shopping Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Burleigh Head National Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea World Theme Park.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Caloundra, Fingal Head Lighthouse, Cape Byron Lighthouse, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Highlights from your plan
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Trinity Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Four Mile Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton), Port Douglas (Coffee Works, Sunday Market Port Douglas, & more) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). The adventure continues: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Underart Gallery, look for gifts at Holloways Beach Markets, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns holiday site .

Fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in January, with highs in Cairns at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Holloways Beach Markets, Tanks Arts Centre, Trinity Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

1
night
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.
On the 31st (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, stop by Makana Chocolate Boutique, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at The Cabbage Tree Shop, steep yourself in history at Pompallier Mission and Printery, examine the collection at Russell Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Oneroa Bay, then look for gifts at South Sea Art, and finally stop by Bay of Islands Honey Shop.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Cairns to Paihia takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Russell, Kerikeri
Highlights from your plan
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then stop by Aotea Gifts Rotorua, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Faith's Anglican Church. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Papamoa Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Government Gardens.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Spas

Side Trips

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Papamoa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park

1
night
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 4th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, and then trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Here are some ideas for day two: get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, identify plant and animal life at Tongariro National Trout Centre, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Turangi
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt

1
night
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 6th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oriental Bay, then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), then take a stroll through Cuba Street District, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Scorching Bay, explore the galleries of The Weta Cave, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old St Paul's, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally snap pictures at City to Sea Bridge.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): stroll through Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, stroll through Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then stop by Andris Apse Gallery, and finally explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier. Keep things going the next day: trek along Hooker Valley Track, surround yourself with nature on Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, then take in the pleasant sights at River Walk, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Hooker Valley Track, Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
Highlights from your plan
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, steep yourself in history at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally view the masterpieces at Ivan Clarke Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at The Bead Shop, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter's Anglican Church, view the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery, then stop by The Barn, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Hetties Rock & Crystal Shop.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

2
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.
On the 12th (Tue), explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bowen Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Te Anau Golf Club, then stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, then examine the collection at Fiord vintage machinery museum, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Te Anau vacation planning site .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Lake Gunn
Highlights from your plan
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

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