34 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

34 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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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 + Bus:  3 h 45 min
5
Port Macquarie, Australia
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
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
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  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
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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.
On the 3rd (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Muriwai Gannet Colony, visit a coastal fixture at Manukau Heads Lighthouse, then steep yourself in history at Howick Historical Village, then stroll through St. Helier's Bay, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Nelson Street Cycleway. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Orewa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Horse Riding Warkworth, then walk around Parry Kauri Park, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway.

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Charlotte, USA to Auckland is an approximately 21.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of car 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. Traveling from Charlotte in August, expect nights in Auckland to be little chillier, around 54°F, while days are colder, around 54°F. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Warkworth, Orewa, Browns Bay Beach, Muriwai Gannet Colony
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Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Browns Bay Beach ©
Browns Bay Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Mary of the Angels. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Wellington City Walkways, 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.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

Getting from Auckland to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Auckland in August, Wellington is little chillier at night with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to 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 ©
Space Place at Carter Observatory
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

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.
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For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary planning site.

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 your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Nature
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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.
On the 11th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Shorncliffe Beach, see the interesting displays at Opal Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at 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: don't miss a visit to 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 take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Anglican Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane trip planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Brisbane in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Brisbane can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

The Workshops Rail Museum, Daisy Hill Conservation Park
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Daisy Hill Conservation Park ©
Daisy Hill Conservation Park
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) ©
Boggo Road Gaol (Jail)
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St Thomas Anglican Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coastal walk, then admire the striking features of Port Macquarie Historic Court House, then look for all kinds of wild species at Koala Hospital, and finally enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then see the interesting displays at Port Macquarie Museum.

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Do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Port Macquarie in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Brisbane in August: highs in Port Macquarie hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for 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.
On the 14th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Customs House. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Bronte Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Sydney day trip planning app.

Getting from Port Macquarie to Sydney by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Port Macquarie, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 49°F. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Canberra.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bronte Beach, North Head Sanctuary
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Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get curious at Questacon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along ANZAC Parade Walk, steep yourself in history at Lanyon Homestead, then identify plant and animal life at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, then get curious at Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ACT Baha'i Centre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Canberra trip planner.

Drive from Sydney to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, Canberra is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of 56°F and lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
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Australian War Memorial ©
Australian War Memorial
Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex ©
Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
ANZAC Parade Walk
ANZAC Parade Walk

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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, enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Mile Beach, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Shene Distillery, then identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally take a stroll through North Hobart. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Myrtle Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kingston Beach, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then identify plant and animal life at Raptor Refuge, and finally admire the natural beauty at Inverawe Native Gardens.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Hobart journey builder tool.

You can fly from Canberra to Hobart in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Canberra in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hobart, with lows around 39°F. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Kingston Beach, Raptor Refuge, Shene Distillery, Seven Mile Beach
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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Raptor Refuge ©
Raptor Refuge

2
nights
Kangaroo Island, Australia

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and then identify plant and animal life at Will's Rare Breeds Farm. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Flinders Chase National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kangaroo Island vacation builder site.

Getting from Hobart to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. Traveling from Hobart to Kangaroo Island, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. 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 Wilderness Trail ©
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park ©
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park

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.
On the 25th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Margaret River Mouth Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Point, then enjoy the sand and surf at Redgate Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Calgardup Cave and then kick back and relax at Injidup Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Margaret River driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kangaroo Island to Margaret River is minus 1.5 hours. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Surfers Point, Injidup Beach
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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 ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, explore the striking landscape at Uluru, take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then don't miss a visit to Field of Light, and finally hike along Uluru Hiking Path. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) is 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, then get outside with Ellery Creek Big Hole, and then explore the striking landscape of Ochre Pits.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Alice Springs trip maker.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Alice Springs in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. August in Alice Springs sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature
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Ellery Creek Big Hole ©
Ellery Creek Big Hole
Ochre Pits ©
Ochre Pits

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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): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Military Museum, 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 look for all kinds of wild species at Casuarina Coastal Reserve. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Darwin trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Alice Springs to Darwin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Alice Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Darwin: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris
Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach

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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.
On the 1st (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cairns Aquarium, then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and finally head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Darwin to Cairns is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Darwin in August, you will find days in Cairns are a bit cooler (80°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to 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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