10 days in Australia, New Zealand & Japan Itinerary

10 days in Australia, New Zealand & Japan Itinerary

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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 + Bus:  3 h 45 min
7
Mackay, Australia
— 2 nights
End: Mackay, Australia

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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), browse the exhibits of Silver Fern Gallery, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, then browse for treasures at The Barn, then do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, and finally do a tasting at Peregrine Wines.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown online trip planner.

Mackay, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 10- hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Wineries Shopping Museums
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Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Silver Fern Gallery ©
Silver Fern Gallery
Chard Farm Winery ©
Chard Farm Winery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, get a taste of the local shopping with Cuba Street, then pick up some new knowledge with Weta Workshop, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

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Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Classes Neighborhoods
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Weta Workshop ©
Weta Workshop
Cuba Street ©
Cuba Street

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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), shop like a local with Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, then stop by Huka Honey Hive, then tee off at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, and finally explore the galleries of L'Arte.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary builder site.

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) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Shopping Outdoors Golf
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Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary ©
Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary
L'Arte ©
L'Arte
Huka Honey Hive ©
Huka Honey Hive

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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.
On the 10th (Wed), stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop, look for gifts at Newport Chocolates, then stop by Scopes New Zealand, then experience rural life at Blue River Orchard, and finally stop by Makana Chocolate Boutique. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club, then stop by South Sea Art, then stop by The Kauri Workshop, and finally look for gifts at Bay of Islands Honey Shop.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paihia attractions website.

Getting from Taupo to Paihia by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Paihia

Shopping Outdoors Golf

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
Scopes New Zealand ©
Scopes New Zealand

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): make a trip to Takeshita Street, take a stroll through Ginza, and then take a stroll through Asakusa.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo itinerary maker.

You can fly from Paihia to Tokyo in 17 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paihia to Tokyo is minus 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough 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.
On the 13th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, stroll through Dicky Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Brisbane by flight takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect Brisbane to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow 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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): look for gifts at Let the Children Play Toyshop, then kick back and relax at Illawong Beach, then stroll through Town Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Lamberts Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Caneland Central Shopping Centre.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mackay trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Brisbane to Mackay by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Brisbane in April since evenings lows in Mackay dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mackay

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

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