23 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

23 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Hobart, Australia
— 2 nights
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Port Arthur, Australia
— 1 night
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Launceston, Australia
— 1 night
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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
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Gold Coast, Australia
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Auckland, New Zealand

— 1 night

City of Sails

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 16th (Sun), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

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New York City, USA to Auckland is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Auckland is 17 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from New York City in January, with highs in Auckland at 66°F and lows at 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Wineries · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 4 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Taupo Museum, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the natural beauty of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, admire all the interesting features of Te Puia, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua day trip app.

You can fly from Auckland to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in January, you will find days in Rotorua are a bit warmer (74°F), and nights are a bit cooler (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:

Wellington, New Zealand

— 1 night

Harbour Capital

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 21st (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Wellington trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Wellington sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Transportation · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 4 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Te Anau (The Chasm Walk & Milford Sound). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

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Getting from Wellington to Queenstown by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Hobart.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:

Hobart, Australia

— 2 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

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 26th (Wed): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then stroll through Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hobart online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Hobart takes 8.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Hobart. In January, daytime highs in Hobart are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours · Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:

Port Arthur, Australia

— 1 night
Surrounded by shark-infested waters and connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of land, Port Arthur ranks among Australia's top historical sites and heritage areas.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): trek along Three Capes Track and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Ocean Tasmania.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Port Arthur trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Port Arthur sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Launceston.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:

Launceston, Australia

— 1 night

The Heart of Tasmania

Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get a tailor-made plan with Prestige Tours Tasmania and then stroll through Cataract Gorge Reserve.

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Drive from Port Arthur to Launceston in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January in Launceston, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Launceston

Wineries · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 29:

Melbourne, Australia

— 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, walk around Fitzroy Gardens, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne online trip maker.

Fly from Launceston to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Launceston in January, Melbourne is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:

Sydney, Australia

— 3 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales, and visit Darling Harbour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:

Gold Coast, Australia

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Gold Coast in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 5:
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New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.