10 days in Australia, New Zealand & Japan Itinerary

10 days in Australia, New Zealand & Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Australia, New Zealand & Japan Itinerary

Start: Mackay, Australia
Fly:  14​h
1
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Taupo, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 1 day
Fly:  13​h 15​min
6
Brisbane, Australia
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Mackay, Australia
— 2 nights
End: Mackay, Australia

1
day
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.
On the 7th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, stop by The Barn, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, then do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planning website .

Mackay, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Mackay to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Wineries Shopping Fun & Games
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Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Silver Fern Gallery ©
Silver Fern Gallery
Chard Farm Winery ©
Chard Farm Winery

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Mon), catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, wander the streets of Cuba Street District, then see the interesting displays at The Weta Cave, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

To find photos and tourist information, go to the Wellington driving holiday planning website .

You can fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Classes Tours Neighborhoods
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Cuba Street ©
Cuba Street
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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Taupo, New Zealand

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 9th (Tue), get all the equipment you need at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, then stop by Huka Honey Hive, then look for gifts at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, and finally explore the galleries of L'Arte.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Taupo travel planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Shopping Outdoors Golf
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Huka Honey Hive ©
Huka Honey Hive
L'Arte ©
L'Arte
Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire ©

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop, stop by Newport Chocolates, look for gifts at Scopes New Zealand, stop by Blue River Orchard, then stop by Makana Chocolate Boutique, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club, then look for gifts at South Sea Art, then stop by The Kauri Workshop, and finally stop by Bay of Islands Honey Shop.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Paihia trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Taupo to Paihia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Paihia

Shopping Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell, Blue River Orchard
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The Cabbage Tree Shop ©
The Cabbage Tree Shop
Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club
South Sea Art ©
South Sea Art

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): shop like a local with Harajuku Takeshita-dori, then wander the streets of Ginza, and then shop like a local with Asakusa.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Paihia to Tokyo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 16.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Asakusa ©
Asakusa

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, then kick back and relax at Dicky Beach, and then kick back and relax at Moffat Beach.

For where to stay and tourist information, go to the Brisbane itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Brisbane takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) is 1 hour. In April, Brisbane is a bit warmer than Tokyo - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Caloundra
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Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
Dicky Beach ©
Dicky Beach
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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nights
Mackay, Australia

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. On the 14th (Sun), stop by Let the Children Play Toyshop, then kick back and relax at Illawong Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Town Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lamberts Beach. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at Caneland Central Shopping Centre.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mackay day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Brisbane to Mackay with the Route module. Traveling from Brisbane in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Mackay. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mackay

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Town Beach ©
Town Beach
Caneland Central Shopping Centre ©
Caneland Central Shopping Centre
Lamberts Beach ©
Lamberts Beach

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