44 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

44 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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Perth, Australia
— 7 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cape Tribulation, Australia
— 4 nights
Bus to Williams Esplanade at Caryota St, Fly to Sydney
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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Katoomba, Australia
— 2 nights
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Drive to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, Fly to Mount Gambier Airport, Drive to Nelson
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Nelson, Australia
— 1 night
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Port Campbell, Australia
— 1 night
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Cape Otway, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Apollo Bay, Australia
— 1 night
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Torquay, Australia
— 1 night
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Hamilton, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Perth, Australia

— 7 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perth: Fremantle (Fremantle Prison & Fremantle Markets). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, kick back and relax at Scarborough Beach, and explore the activities along Swan River.

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London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Perth. In March, Perth is much hotter than London - with highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

— 2 nights
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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru, hike along Kuniya Walk, explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and go for a walk through Field of Light.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Perth to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in March, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 41°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Cairns, Australia

— 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Port Douglas Court House Museum, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more) and Palm Cove (Annie's at the Beach, Spas, &more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach and make a trip to Freshwater Station.

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You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in March, plan for little chillier days in Cairns, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Australia

— 4 nights
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape Tribulation: Cow Bay (Daintree Discovery Centre & Walu Wugirriga Lookout) and Bloomfield Waterfall (in Bloomfield). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Alexandra Bay Waterfall, go for a walk through Marrdja Botanical Walk, relax in the rural setting at Cape Trib Farm, and enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cape Tribulation route app.

You can drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Sydney, Australia

— 3 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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sydney driving holiday planning tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cape Tribulation to Sydney in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cape Tribulation in March, with highs in Sydney at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Katoomba.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Katoomba, Australia

— 2 nights
Located off of the Great Western Highway, Katoomba is the main hub of the City of Blue Mountains.
Katoomba is known for nature, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, appreciate the history behind The Road Builders Memorial, take some stellar pictures from Echo Point Lookout, and hike along The Giant Stairway.

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Drive from Sydney to Katoomba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Katoomba, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Katoomba

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Nelson, Australia

— 1 night
Nelson is a small fishing town in Victoria, Australia. On the 6th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Princess Margaret Rose Caves and then explore the striking landscape of Lower Glenelg National Park.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nelson trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Katoomba to Nelson. The time zone difference when traveling from Katoomba to Nelson is minus 0.5 hours. Traveling from Katoomba in April, expect Nelson to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Nelson

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Port Campbell, Australia

— 1 night
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Port Campbell National Park, admire all the interesting features of Loch Ard Gorge, and then identify plant and animal life at Gibsons Steps.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Campbell tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Nelson to Port Campbell takes 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cape Otway.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Cape Otway, Australia

— 3 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Great Otway National Park. Explore Cape Otway's surroundings by going to Beech Forest (The Redwoods & Triplet Falls), Johanna Beach (in Johanna) and Otway Fly Treetop Adventures (in Weeaproinah).

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cape Otway vacation planning site.

Getting from Port Campbell to Cape Otway by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Cape Otway

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Apollo Bay, Australia

— 1 night
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Make your Apollo Bay itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Apollo Bay is just a stone's throw from Cape Otway. On the 11th (Mon), you're off to Torquay.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Torquay, Australia

— 1 night
Set against the stark but scenic coastline of the Bass Strait--the body of water separating Victoria and Tasmania--Torquay is a prime location for surfing and beach life in general.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take a memorable drive along The Great Ocean Road, kick back and relax at Bells Beach, and then browse the exhibits of Surfcoastimages Gallery. Keep things going the next day: walk around Torquay Foreshore Play Park and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Torquay trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Apollo Bay to Torquay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Torquay can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Torquay

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Spas

Auckland, New Zealand

— 1 night

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 (Wed), take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour, enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and finally stop by Pauanesia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get impressive views of Mount Eden, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then get your game on at Sky Screamer Reverse Bungy, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Torquay to Auckland takes 9.5 hours. Traveling from Torquay to Auckland, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Auckland when traveling from Torquay in April, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Nature · Nightlife

Hamilton, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): examine the collection at Classics Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hamilton Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Taitua Arboretum, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Blastacars Drift Karts.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hamilton trip planner.

Drive from Auckland to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 2 nights

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.
Tamaki Maori Village has been added to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Huka Falls Walkway). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, whizz through the canopy at Redwoods Treewalk, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): hike along Ruakuri Walk, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then relax in the rural setting at Roselands Farm Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, Head underground at Caveworld, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves day trip tool.

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Auckland, New Zealand

City of Sails

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Auckland trip tool.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 20th (Wed), you'll travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Christchurch, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Christchurch day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Auckland in April, Christchurch is much colder at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Museums · Parks

Australia travel guide

4.7
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.

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.