28 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

28 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
2
Paihia, New Zealand
— 3 nights
3
Taupo, New Zealand
— 3 nights
4
Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
5
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 2 nights
6
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
7
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
8
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
9
Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
10
Cairns, Australia
— 1 night

2
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll around Auckland Domain, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, stop by Pauanesia, thenenjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, and finally step off the mainland to explore Hauraki Gulf.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip planner.

Phoenix, USA to Auckland is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Auckland is 19 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Phoenix in January since evenings lows in Auckland dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Wineries
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

3
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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get great views at Opua Forest Lookout Track, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kerikeri
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

3
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Step out of Taupo with an excursion to Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, try out the rides at Huka Prawn Park, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo route planner.

Getting from Paihia to Taupo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, thenadmire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition. On the next day, get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, thencatch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Wellington sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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nights
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, thenget engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, thenadmire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Keep things going the next day: catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Wellington in January since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Museums
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

4
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.
Step out of Queenstown to go to Te Anau and see Milford Sound, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. On the 28th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along Lake Gunn, and learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

3
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, walk around Fitzroy Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Melbourne trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from Queenstown to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

4
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.
Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park), Katoomba (Bridal Veil Falls & Spooners Lookout) and Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls). And it doesn't end there: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney itinerary planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in February, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Katoomba, Lincoln's Rock, Wentworth Falls, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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nights
Port Douglas, Australia

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, thenlearn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas road trip planning site.

Fly from Sydney to Port Douglas in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in February: high temperatures in Port Douglas hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

1
night
Cairns, Australia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cairns trip planner.

You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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