60 days in Asia, New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

60 days in Asia, New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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60 days in Asia, New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  11 h
1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 7 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
2
Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
3
Auckland, New Zealand
— 7 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 7 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
5
Gold Coast, Australia
— 7 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Cairns, Australia
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Ferry:  13 h
7
Boracay, Philippines
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
El Nido, Philippines
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  9 h 30 min
9
Hualien, Taiwan
— 1 day
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  9 h
10
Seogwipo, South Korea
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  6 h 15 min
11
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  9 h 45 min
12
Hue, Vietnam
— 1 night
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
13
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 5 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Dublin, Ireland

7
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
We've included these beaches for you: Marina Beach and Kite Beach. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Al Mamzar Beach Park, squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dubai online sightseeing planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Dubai is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Dubai is 4 hours. Traveling from Dublin in April, things will get warmer in Dubai: highs are around 39°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Labuan Bajo.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach
Kite Beach ©
Kite Beach

3
nights
Labuan Bajo, Indonesia

A trip to Labuan Bajo, an idyllic fishing village at the northwestern tip of Flores, offers the chance to unwind and experience traditional life without sacrificing comfort.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Labuan Bajo trip planner.

You can fly from Dubai to Labuan Bajo in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central Indonesia Time (WITA), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Labuan Bajo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

7
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piha Beach and Arataki Visitor Centre. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Kauri Museum and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Step out of Auckland to go to Waiheke Island and see Wine Tours & Tastings, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, get impressive views of Mount Eden, step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island, and explore the activities along Devonport.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Labuan Bajo to Auckland with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central Indonesia Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. In April in Auckland, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Piha, The Kauri Museum, Wine Tours & Tastings
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The Kauri Museum ©
The Kauri Museum
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach
Arataki Visitor Centre ©
Arataki Visitor Centre

7
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.
Get outdoors at Otago Central Rail Trail and Milford Sound. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fear Factory Queenstown and Wanaka. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Te Anau Glowworm Caves (in Te Anau) and Lake Wanaka (in Wanaka). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a memorable tour with Tours, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown travel route tool .

Getting from Auckland to Queenstown by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Te Anau, Wanaka, Otago Central Rail Trail, Arrowtown Village
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 26:
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Otago Central Rail Trail ©
Otago Central Rail Trail
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village

7
nights
Gold Coast, Australia

A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Take a break from the city and head to Natural Bridge and Burleigh Heads Beach. Visit Kurrawa Beach and Surfers Paradise Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Australia Zoo (in Beerwah), Byron Bay (Cape Byron Walking Track, Cape Byron Lighthouse, & more) and Brisbane (The Brisbane River, Gallery of Modern Art, & more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Coolangatta Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast trip site .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Gold Coast takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Gold Coast. In April in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Brisbane, Byron Bay, Australia Zoo
Find places to stay Apr 26 — May 3:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach

7
nights
Cairns, Australia

Cairns ©
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.
Get outdoors at Daintree National Park and Safaris. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trinity Beach and Agincourt Reef. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Port Douglas (Four Mile Beach & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas), Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cairns online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Gold Coast to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, Cairns is somewhat warmer than Gold Coast - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Boracay.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree National Park
Find places to stay May 3 — 10:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

2
nights
Boracay, Philippines

Boracay ©
All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Get in touch with nature at Diniwid Beach and White Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Punta Bunga Beach and Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach). There's more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and make a trip to Ariel's Point.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Boracay day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Cairns to Boracay in 13 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Boracay. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cairns in May: high temperatures in Boracay hover around 36°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Boracay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Punta Bunga Beach
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Diniwid Beach ©
Diniwid Beach
Punta Bunga Beach ©
Punta Bunga Beach
White Beach ©
White Beach

4
nights
El Nido, Philippines

El Nido ©
The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Las Cabanas Beach and Hidden Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Secret Lagoon Beach and Big Lagoon. There's lots more to do: stroll through Seven Commando Beach, explore the activities along Small Lagoon, enjoy the sand and surf at Tapiutan Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our El Nido trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to El Nido takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Hualien.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Seven Commando Beach ©
Seven Commando Beach
Las Cabanas Beach ©
Las Cabanas Beach
Secret Lagoon Beach ©
Secret Lagoon Beach

1
day
Hualien, Taiwan

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take a stroll through Tungmen and then enjoy the sand and surf at Chishingtan Scenic Area.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hualien holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from El Nido to Hualien in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Seogwipo.

Things to do in Hualien

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods
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Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area

1
night
Seogwipo, South Korea

Seogwipo
Jeju Island's second city, Seogwipo acts as a base for explorations of the island's south.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): get outside with Pyoseon Haevichi Beach and then explore the striking landscape at Seongsan Ilchulbong. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Halla Mountain.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Seogwipo trip builder .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hualien to Seogwipo in 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Korea Standard Time (KST) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Seogwipo

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Halla Mountain
Halla Mountain
Pyoseon Haevichi Beach ©
Pyoseon Haevichi Beach
Seongsan Ilchulbong ©
Seongsan Ilchulbong

3
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Misen and Yamato Museum. Popular historic sites such as Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner .

Getting from Seogwipo to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
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Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

1
night
Hue, Vietnam

Hue
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Thien Mu Pagoda, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang, and finally delve into the distant past at Royal Tombs.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hue journey website .

Getting from Hiroshima to Hue by combination of train and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to Indochina Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in May, with highs in Hue at 40°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Siem Reap.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
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Royal Tombs
Royal Tombs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Visit Pre Rup and Beng Mealea for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Baphuon Temple and War Museum Cambodia. There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Angkor Silk Farm, explore the ancient world of Terrace of the Elephants, see Off-Road Tours, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Siem Reap itinerary planner .

Getting from Hue to Siem Reap by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 31°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Siem Reap

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Beng Mealea
Find places to stay May 25 — 30:
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Baphuon Temple ©
Baphuon Temple
Pre Rup ©
Pre Rup
War Museum Cambodia ©
War Museum Cambodia

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