29 days in Australia, New Zealand & New Caledonia Itinerary

29 days in Australia, New Zealand & New Caledonia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  25 h
1
Cairns, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h
2
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
4
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Lifou, New Caledonia
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
8
Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h
9
Noumea, New Caledonia
— 1 night
Fly:  27 h
End: London, United Kingdom

5
nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman), Opal Reef (in Port Douglas) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the waterfront at The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and tee off at Paradise Palms Country Club.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cairns trip maker tool.

London, UK to Cairns is an approximately 23.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Cairns is 10 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in June, with highs in Cairns at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Paradise Palms Country Club, Trinity Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. Visiting Bondi to Coogee Walk and Clovelly Beach will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in July: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Trin Warren Tam-boore and St. Kilda Beach. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in July, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 15°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Trin Warren Tam-boore ©
Trin Warren Tam-boore

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.
Take a break from the city and head to The Remarkables Ski Area and Coronet Peak. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Te Anau (Milford Sound, Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, &more). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, learn about winemaking at Bald Hills Pop Up Cellar Door, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Queenstown journey planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Queenstown in 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Te Anau, Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

4
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua
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.
Get outdoors at Huka Falls Walkway and Te Puia. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Waitomo Caves (Caveworld, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, &more) and Taupo (Great Lake Trail & Fishing Charters & Tours). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rotorua online journey planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Rotorua in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daytime highs in Rotorua are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Waitomo Caves, Taupo
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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Zipline

2
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
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 21st (Wed), kick back and relax at Piha Beach, get all the information you need at Arataki Visitor Centre, and then identify plant and animal life at Muriwai Gannet Colony. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Auckland attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rotorua in July: highs in Auckland hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Lifou.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Piha, Muriwai Gannet Colony
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Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Rangitoto Island ©
Rangitoto Island
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

1
night
Lifou, New Caledonia

Lifou ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Luecille Beach, then kick back and relax at Baie de Jinek, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de Lourdes.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lifou holiday maker website.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Lifou takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to New Caledonia Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Ile Des Pins.

Things to do in Lifou

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Baie de Jinek ©
Baie de Jinek
Luecille Beach ©
Luecille Beach
Notre Dame de Lourdes ©
Notre Dame de Lourdes

1
night
Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia

Ile Des Pins ©
Just a little way off the southern end of Grand Terre, Île des Pins (the Isle of Pines) gets its name from the tall columnar pines that stick out of the surrounding vegetation like bristles on a brush.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Oro Bay, then head off the coast to Isle of Pines, and then kick back and relax at Kuto Bay.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ile Des Pins attractions planner.

Fly from Lifou to Ile Des Pins in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Noumea.

Things to do in Ile Des Pins

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Oro Bay ©
Oro Bay
Kuto Bay ©
Kuto Bay
Isle of Pines ©
Isle of Pines

1
night
Noumea, New Caledonia

Noumea ©
Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
On the 25th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Ville de Noumea, explore the landscape on two wheels at Promenade Pierre-Vernier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Anse Vata Beach, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie, and finally shop like a local with Galerie d'art LEC LEC TIC.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Noumea road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Ile Des Pins to Noumea takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Noumea

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Anse Vata Beach ©
Anse Vata Beach
Promenade Pierre-Vernier ©
Promenade Pierre-Vernier
Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie ©
Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie

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