42 days in Australia, New Zealand & Bali Itinerary

42 days in Australia, New Zealand & Bali Itinerary

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42 days in Australia, New Zealand & Bali Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  25 h
1
Brisbane, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
2
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Dunedin, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Hokitika, New Zealand
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  8 h 30 min
5
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h 30 min
6
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
7
Ubud, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
8
Amed, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Drive + Ferry:  2 h 45 min
9
Nusa Penida, Indonesia
— 3 nights
Ferry + Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Pecatu, Indonesia
— 9 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: London, United Kingdom

3
nights
Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mooloolaba Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Get some cultural insight at Gallery of Modern Art and Tweed Regional Museum - Murwillumbah. Venture out of the city with trips to Pelican Feeding (in Labrador), Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (in Currumbin) and Coolangatta Beach (in Coolangatta). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner .

Montpellier, France to Brisbane is an approximately 32-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Montpellier to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montpellier in August, things will get a bit cooler in Brisbane: highs are around 25°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Mooloolaba Beach, Tweed Regional Museum - Murwillumbah
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

3
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 a sense of the local culture at Kawarau Suspension Bridge and Silver Fern Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cardrona Alpine Resort and Coronet Peak. On the 24th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at The Remarkables Ski Area. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, get your game on at Dark Ride, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and hike along Queenstown Hill.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner .

You can fly from Brisbane to Queenstown in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kawarau Suspension Bridge, Cardrona Alpine Resort
Highlights from your plan
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Cardrona Alpine  Resort ©
Cardrona Alpine Resort

3
nights
Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Get some historical perspective at Larnach Castle & Gardens and Olveston Historic Home. Get some cultural insight at Waikouaiti Beach and Otago Museum. Step out of Dunedin with an excursion to Shag Point Nature Reserve in Palmerston--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula, look for all kinds of wild species at Penguin Place, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iona Church, and examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Dunedin trip maker website .

You can drive from Queenstown to Dunedin in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Iona Church, Waikouaiti Beach, Shag Point Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Otago Peninsula ©
Otago Peninsula
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens

1
night
Hokitika, New Zealand

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. On the 29th (Thu), trek along Point Elizabeth Walkway, hike along Coal Creek Track, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Patrick's Parish, then hike along Woods Creek Track, then trek along Tunnel Terrace Walk, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Catholic Church. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach, view the masterpieces at Hokitika Craft Gallery Co-op, view the masterpieces at Bonz 'N Stonz, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hokitika Gorge Walk, and finally admire the sheer force of Dorothy Falls.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hokitika trip planner .

Fly from Dunedin to Hokitika in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Greymouth, Coal Creek Track
Highlights from your plan
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Hokitika Beach ©
Hokitika Beach
Point Elizabeth Walkway ©
Point Elizabeth Walkway

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Maunganui Summit Track and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of Rotorua with an excursion to Mount Maunganui Base Track in Mount Maunganui--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, trek along Tikitapu Nature Walk, contemplate the long history of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, and explore the activities along Lake Rotokakahi.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua vacation builder tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Hokitika to Rotorua in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In August in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Tauranga, Okere Falls, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Highlights from your plan
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Trinity Beach and Palm Cove Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Daintree National Park and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Venture out of the city with trips to Spas (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 7th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 4th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

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You can fly from Rotorua to Cairns in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Rotorua in September, plan for warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 33°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ubud.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Mossman Gorge Centre
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

2
nights
Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Tirta Empul Temple and Elephant Safari Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple and Saraswati Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ubud: Pantai Sanur (in Sanur) and Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, browse the exhibits of Wayan Gama Painter Group and School, and examine the collection at Neka Art Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ubud trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Ubud in 8 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Ubud due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairns in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ubud, with lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Amed.

Things to do in Ubud

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tegalalang, Pantai Sanur, Tanah Lot Temple, Tirta Empul Temple
Highlights from your plan
Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple
Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple ©
Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple
Tirta Empul Temple ©
Tirta Empul Temple

2
nights
Amed, Indonesia

A snaking coastline and quaint, sleepy fishing villages characterize Amed, a stretch of shorefront with seven villages in Bali's east.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the galleries of Amed Art Gallery, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then contemplate the long history of USS Liberty Shipwreck. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jemeluk Beach, then steep yourself in history at Ujung Water Palace, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lempuyang Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Amed trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Ubud to Amed by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Amed can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Nusa Penida.

Things to do in Amed

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Ujung Water Palace, Lempuyang Temple, USS Liberty Shipwreck
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
USS Liberty Shipwreck ©
USS Liberty Shipwreck
Jemeluk Beach ©
Jemeluk Beach

3
nights
Nusa Penida, Indonesia

Nusa Penida ©
The bounty of pristine white-sand beaches and turquoise lagoons bordered by emerald green hills, unique cliff formations, and colorful reefs is what draws most travelers to Nusa Penida.
You'll get in some beach time at Kelingking Beach and Diamond Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Tembeling Beach and Forest.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nusa Penida itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Amed to Nusa Penida in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. September in Nusa Penida sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pecatu.

Things to do in Nusa Penida

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kelingking Beach ©
Kelingking Beach
Atuh Beach ©
Atuh Beach
Pasih Uug Beach ©
Pasih Uug Beach

9
nights
Pecatu, Indonesia

Pecatu ©
A major beach resort, Pecatu sits on the southern peninsula of Bali.
Take a break from the city and head to Blue Point Beach and Green Bowl Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Uluwatu Temple and Jimbaran Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pecatu: Nusa Dua (River Rafting & Tubing, Museum PASIFIKA, & more) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Jimbaran). Spend the 21st (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bingin Beach, kick back and relax at Nyang-nyang Beach, see a world frozen in time at Jimbaran Hills Activity Valley, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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You can do a combination of ferry and car from Nusa Penida to Pecatu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pecatu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Ungasan, Gunung Payung Beach
Highlights from your plan
Suluban Beach ©
Suluban Beach
Melasti Beach ©
Melasti Beach
Blue Point Beach ©
Blue Point Beach

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