47 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

47 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Auckland International Airport, Drive to Waitomo Caves
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly to Hokitika, Bus to Fox Glacier
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Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Bus to Hokitika i-SITE, Fly to Kerikeri
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Fly to Hervey Bay, Ferry to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Drive to Fraser Island
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Fraser Island, Australia
— 5 nights
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Drive to Kingfisher Bay, Fraser Island, Ferry to River Heads, Fly to Lord Howe Island
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Lord Howe Island, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and finally Head underground at Piripiri Cave Walk.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves route planner.

Halifax, Canada to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 16 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Te Puia and Government Gardens. Buried Village of Te Wairoa and Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get interesting insight from Redwoods Treewalk, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Rotorua holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Rotorua sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Taupo, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Visiting Huka Falls Walkway and Great Lake Trail will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Taupo Museum and L'Arte. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, take in the natural beauty of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Taupo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 28th (Thu), stroll through Ridge Track, explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt, admire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohakune Old Coach Road, and finally stroll through Mounds Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, then admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Wellington, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Harbour Capital

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, and then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October in Wellington, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Transportation

Fox Glacier, New Zealand

— 4 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery and River Walk. Visiting Gillespies Beach and Fox Glacier Hiking Trails will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Sentinel Rock Walk in Franz Josef (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Franz Josef Glacier, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, go for a walk through Tatare Tunnels Walk, and stroll through Terrace Walk.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Thu) before leaving for Paihia.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Paihia, New Zealand

— 5 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Escape the urban bustle at Bream Head Coast Walks and Ocean Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Russell (Nancy Fladgate Track & Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve). Spend the 6th (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Akeake Historic Reserve Track, identify plant and animal life at Opua Forest Lookout Track, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Paihia by combination of bus and flight takes about 12.5 hours. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Fraser Island, Australia

— 5 nights
Step out of the city life by going to Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Indian Head.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Fraser Island trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Paihia to Fraser Island by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 14.5 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In November in Fraser Island, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Lord Howe Island, Australia

— 2 nights
Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
On the 15th (Mon), get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, kick back and relax at Lagoon Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, tee off at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of car, ferry, and flight from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island takes 13 hours. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Fraser Island to Lord Howe Island due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Sydney, Australia

— 5 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.
The Rocks and Sydney Opera House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum (in Valley Heights), Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and The National Pass (in Blue Mountains National Park). There's much more to do: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, contemplate the long history of Elizabeth Bay House, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney road trip planning app.

You can fly from Lord Howe Island to Sydney in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Lord Howe Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in November, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Uluru and Walpa Gorge. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Lungkata Walk. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, go for a walk through Mala Walk, make a trip to Field of Light, and trek along Kuniya Walk.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. When traveling from Sydney in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Port Douglas, Australia

— 4 nights
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.
Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery and Ngarru Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Mossman Gorge Centre. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, see the vivid underwater world at Opal Reef, get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Port Douglas: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Cairns, Australia

— 4 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Esplanade Boardwalk. Spend the 30th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Before you visit Cairns, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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

4.7
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.