34 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

34 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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34 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Wellington, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Port Macquarie, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
7
Canberra, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Hobart, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Kangaroo Island, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
10
Margaret River, Australia
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  13​h 45​min
11
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h
12
Alice Springs, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
13
Darwin, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
14
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Charlotte, United States

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Muriwai Gannet Colony, enjoy the sea views from Manukau Heads Lighthouse, then steep yourself in history at Howick Historical Village, then kick back and relax at St. Helier's Bay, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nelson Street Cycleway. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Orewa Beach, then explore by horseback at Horse Riding Warkworth, then stroll around Parry Kauri Park, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Auckland sightseeing site .

Charlotte, USA to Auckland is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Charlotte to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Charlotte in August: highs in Auckland hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Warkworth, Orewa, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Browns Bay Beach
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Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Howick Historical Village ©
Howick Historical Village

3
nights
Wellington, New Zealand

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.
On the 5th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Mary of the Angels. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Wellington City Walkways, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and finally look and learn at Space Place at Carter Observatory.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wellington online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Auckland in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Wellington, with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Nga Manu Nature Reserve, Paraparaumu Beach
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Safaris
Space Place at Carter Observatory ©

2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Coronet Peak and Fishing Charters & Tours. On the 8th (Thu), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown journey planner .

Getting from Wellington to Queenstown by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Winter Sports
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Fishing Charters & Tours
Zipline

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): kick back and relax at Shorncliffe Beach, examine the collection at Opal Museum, then stroll around Daisy Hill Conservation Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), see the interesting displays at The Workshops Rail Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Queenstown to Brisbane in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Brisbane. In August in Brisbane, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Daisy Hill Conservation Park, The Workshops Rail Museum
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Daisy Hill Conservation Park ©
Daisy Hill Conservation Park
The Workshops Rail Museum ©
The Workshops Rail Museum

1
night
Port Macquarie, Australia

Port Macquarie ©
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coastal walk, admire the landmark architecture of Port Macquarie Historic Court House, then identify plant and animal life at Koala Hospital, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then see the interesting displays at Port Macquarie Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Port Macquarie holiday planning tool .

Fly from Brisbane to Port Macquarie in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in August, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 54°F. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Coastal walk ©
Coastal walk
Koala Hospital ©
Koala Hospital
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Customs House. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Bronte Beach, stroll through Bondi Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney attractions planning website .

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Port Macquarie in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 49°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, North Head Sanctuary, Bronte Beach
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Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
nights
Canberra, Australia

Canberra ©
A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
On the 17th (Sat), get curious at Questacon. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through ANZAC Parade Walk, steep yourself in history at Lanyon Homestead, then identify plant and animal life at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, then engage your brain at Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ACT Baha'i Centre.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Canberra online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Canberra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Canberra to be slightly colder, temps between 56°F and 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
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Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ©
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk

2
nights
Hobart, Australia

Hobart ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. David's Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Seven Mile Beach, then contemplate the long history of Shene Tasmania, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally wander the streets of North Hobart. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Myrtle Forest, kick back and relax at Kingston Beach, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then identify plant and animal life at Raptor Refuge, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Inverawe Native Gardens.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hobart vacation planner .

Getting from Canberra to Hobart by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hobart when traveling from Canberra in August, with lows around 39°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Thu) before leaving for Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kingston Beach, Raptor Refuge, Inverawe Native Gardens, Seven Mile Beach, Shene Tasmania
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
St. David's Cathedral ©
St. David's Cathedral
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach

2
nights
Kangaroo Island, Australia

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 22nd (Thu), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Will's Rare Breeds Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Flinders Chase National Park.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kangaroo Island online travel planner .

Fly from Hobart to Kangaroo Island in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park ©
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail ©
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

1
night
Margaret River, Australia

Margaret River ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Margaret River Mouth Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Redgate Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Calgardup Cave and then enjoy the sand and surf at Injidup Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Margaret River trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River in 12 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Injidup Beach, Surfers Point
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:
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Surfers Point ©
Surfers Point
Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre ©
Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre
Injidup Beach ©
Injidup Beach

1
night
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): trek along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, then get answers to all your questions at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then don't miss a visit to Field of Light, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Uluru, then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, then explore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta, and finally get outside with Walpa Gorge.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 14 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Margaret River to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is 1 hour. In August in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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nights
Alice Springs, Australia

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then head outdoors with Ellery Creek Big Hole, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ochre Pits, and finally make a trip to Ormiston Gorge.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Alice Springs sightseeing planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daily temperatures in Alice Springs can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Ormiston Gorge ©
Ormiston Gorge
Ochre Pits ©
Ochre Pits

1
night
Darwin, Australia

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, learn about all things military at Darwin Military Museum, then kick back and relax at Mindil Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, and finally identify plant and animal life at Casuarina Coastal Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Darwin trip planner .

You can fly from Alice Springs to Darwin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Alice Springs in August: highs in Darwin hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Casuarina Coastal Reserve ©
Casuarina Coastal Reserve
Safaris

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Cairns Aquarium, then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Michaelmas Cay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online trip builder .

Fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Darwin, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

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