58 days in Japan, Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

58 days in Japan, Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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58 days in Japan, Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  9​h 30​min
3
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Port Douglas, Australia
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  9​h 30​min
8
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
11
Taupo, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Paihia, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
13
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Dublin, Ireland

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

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Dublin, Ireland to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Dublin to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in June, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Palm Cove (Spas & Palm Cove Beach). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Kyoto to Cairns in 9.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kyoto to Cairns. In June in Cairns, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Palm Cove
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Cape Tribulation (Marrdja Botanical Walk & Myall Beach) and Alexandra Bay Waterfall (in Diwan). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas route website .

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. June in Port Douglas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Gorge Centre
Highlights from your plan
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
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, outdoors, trails, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Uluru, trek along Kuniya Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk, and stroll through Uluru Hiking Path.

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Getting from Port Douglas to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Port Douglas in June: highs in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Red Desert Reptiles
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Lungkata Walk ©
Lungkata Walk
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

5
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and get lost in a book at State Library Victoria.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Melbourne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in Melbourne, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

5
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.
Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Wentworth Falls in Katoomba, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sydney day trip planning app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Wentworth Falls
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Pops View Look Out (in Milford Sound). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, stroll through Mirror Lakes Walk, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Te Anau in 9.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney to Te Anau, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track, Pops View Look Out, Milford Foreshore Walk
Highlights from your plan
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

5
nights
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington route site .

Getting from Queenstown to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

5
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, & more). And it doesn't end there: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, stop by Souvenir Outlet, engage your brain at Volcanic Activity Centre, and get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park.

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

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rotorua, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Hobbiton Movie Set
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

5
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Tapeka Point Track (in Russell) and Whangarei (Whangarei Falls & Bream Head Coast Walks). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paihia sightseeing planning site .

Getting from Taupo to Paihia by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Whangarei, Tapeka Point Track
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

2
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the activities along Devonport, learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Sky Tower. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Auckland trip app .

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. July in Auckland sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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