57 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

57 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific sightseeing planner

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Fly to Queenstown International Airport, Drive to Te Anau
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive
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Dunedin, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly
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Wanaka, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly
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Hobart, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kangaroo Island, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Albany, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Margaret River, Australia
— 4 nights
Bus to Perth, Fly to Cairns
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Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly to Hamilton Island, Ferry to Airlie Beach
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Airlie Beach, Australia
— 2 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand

— 5 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Routeburn Track and Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Change things up with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound (about 1h 5 min away). On the 9th (Thu), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, hike along Lake Marian Track, and look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau driving holiday planner.

Armidale, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Armidale to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Dunedin, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Edinburgh of the South

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden, don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, get curious at Otago Museum, then examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and finally tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place, take in the dramatic natural features at Otago Peninsula, then step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Speight’s Brewery.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dunedin trip itinerary tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Dunedin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Christchurch, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial. Change things up with these side-trips from Christchurch: Little River Gallery (in Little River) and The Giants House (in Akaroa). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Avon River, go for a walk through Banks Peninsula, enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, and stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Christchurch trip planner.

Fly from Dunedin to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Christchurch sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Transportation

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington route planner.

Fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Tongariro Alpine Crossing (in Tongariro National Park) and Tongariro National Trout Centre (in Turangi). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, explore the activities along Lake Taupo, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Taupo holiday planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Base Track, Mount Maunganui Summit Track, &more) and Waitomo Caves (Ruakuri Walk & Waitomo Glowworm Caves). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, admire the natural beauty at Government Gardens, stop by Eat Street, and explore the activities along Lake Rotorua.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rotorua journey planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Paihia, New Zealand

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Kawiti Caves (in Kawakawa), Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve) and Whangarei (Town Basin, Whangarei Falls, &more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, hike along Kerikeri River Track, admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church, and stroll through Kororipo Pa Historic Walk.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Paihia trip maker website.

Getting from Rotorua to Paihia by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Wanaka, New Zealand

— 3 nights
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. There's lots more to do: stroll through Roys Peak Track, relax in the rural setting at Wanaka Lavender Farm, learn about winemaking at Rippon Vineyard, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip planner.

You can fly from Paihia to Wanaka in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 5 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and QUEENSTOWN EXPEDITIONS. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, hike along Ben Lomond Track, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary maker website.

Take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Hobart, Australia

— 4 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Hobart side-trips: Remarkable Cave (in Port Arthur) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock, get engrossed in the history at MARITIME MUSEUM OF TASMANIA, and steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hobart road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Hobart takes 8.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Hobart are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Kangaroo Island, Australia

— 4 nights
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Off-Road Tours and Seal Bay Conservation Park. Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Flinders Chase National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari, experience rural life at Clifford's Honey Farm, sample the fine beverages at Kangaroo Island Spirits, and take in the dramatic natural features at Admirals Arch.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Hobart to Kangaroo Island takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Hobart to Kangaroo Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Albany, Australia

— 2 nights
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Elephant Rocks, then kick back and relax at Greens Pool, then enjoy the sand and surf at Middleton Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Albany Wind Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Beach, then examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps and more tourist information, go to the Albany online holiday maker.

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Albany takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Kangaroo Island to Albany. January in Albany sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Margaret River, Australia

— 4 nights
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Explore hidden gems such as Meelup Beach and Ngilgi Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Margaret River: Sugarloaf Rock (in Cape Naturaliste), Augusta (Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse & Jewel Cave) and Canal Rocks (in Yallingup). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, Head underground at Mammoth Cave, take a memorable drive along Caves Road, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Margaret River travel route builder.

Drive from Albany to Margaret River in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Botanical Gardens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & St Mary’s by The Sea chapel). Spend the 24th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Billy Tea Safaris, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cairns attractions planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Cairns in 12.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Airlie Beach, Australia

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Whitsundays

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Daydream Island Living Reef, take in the pleasant sights at Bicentennial Walkway, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then stroll through Airlie Beach Lagoon.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Airlie Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Sydney, Australia

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Watsons Bay and Speed Boats Tours. There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, stroll around Hyde Park, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and stop by Darling Harbour.

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You can fly from Airlie Beach to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Airlie Beach in January since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trip

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.