21 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
2
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
3
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 1 night
4
Taupo, New Zealand
— 1 night
5
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
6
Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
7
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
8
Brisbane, Australia
— 3 nights

2
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 13th (Tue), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol and then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament House of Victoria.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Melbourne route planning tool.

Belgrade, Serbia to Melbourne is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Belgrade in July, expect Melbourne to be cooler, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wineries Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol
Parliament House of Victoria ©
Parliament House of Victoria

3
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 The Remarkables Ski Area and Coronet Peak. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown visit website.

You can fly from Melbourne to Queenstown in 6.5 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

1
night
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, thenexplore and take pictures at Te Porere Redoubt, and finally trek along Ridge Track.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Queenstown to Tongariro National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt
Whakapapa Nature Walk ©
Whakapapa Nature Walk

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, thentake in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and finally make a splash at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Taupo trip planning site.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature Parks Theme Parks
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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley ©
Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort ©
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort

3
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Te Puia and Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Rainbow Springs Nature Park. The adventure continues: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua online tour planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

2
nights
Paihia, New Zealand

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 23rd (Fri), go for a walk through Opua Forest Lookout Track, steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, thenstop by Paihia Bookshop, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paihia day trip website.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Opua Forest Lookout Track ©
Opua Forest Lookout Track

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Visiting Bondi to Coogee Walk and Shelly Beach will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, stop by The Rocks, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Sydney takes 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Paihia to Sydney is minus 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi, Shelly Beach
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

3
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.
Relax by the water at Surfers Paradise Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and David Fleay Wildlife Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Surfers Paradise Golf Club in Clear Island Waters (about 1h 5 min away). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, stop by Noosa Chocolate Factory, and admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

For traveler tips and tourist information, use the Brisbane trip site.

Fly from Sydney to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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