37 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

37 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
— Few hours
Fly:  6 h
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
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Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
7
Perth, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
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Melbourne, Australia
— 8 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
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Hobart, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Sydney, Australia

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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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.
Step out of Queenstown to go to Te Anau and see Milford Sound, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: hike along Hollyford Track, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and pause for some photo ops at William Gilbert Rees Statue.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Queenstown in 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Queenstown. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

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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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, take a stroll through Devonport, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, and brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland itinerary app.

You can fly from Queenstown to Auckland in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December in Auckland, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves), Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get your game on at OGO Rotorua, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip planner.

Drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in January, expect nights in Rotorua to be slightly colder, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Village Gallery (in Palm Cove), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rotorua to Cairns is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rotorua in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Village Gallery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Safaris, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
On the 12th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, thenhike along Kuniya Walk, thenexplore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, thenexplore the striking landscape at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cairns in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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Perth, Australia

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Explore Perth's surroundings by going to Fremantle (Fremantle Markets & Fremantle Prison) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, explore the activities along Swan River, pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

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You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Perth in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) is minus 1.5 hours. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in January, things will get a bit cooler in Perth: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Perth

Tours Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Fremantle, Caversham Wildlife Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison

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Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Venture out of the city with trips to Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and get lost in a book at State Library Victoria.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Perth to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Perth in January, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Werribee Open Range Zoo, The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road

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Hobart, Australia

Hobart ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hobart side-trips: Nonesuch Distillery (in Sorell), Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton) and Port Arthur (Port Arthur Historic Site, Remarkable Cave, &more). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Wellington, admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, steep yourself in history at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, and engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hobart visit planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Hobart in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Melbourne in January, plan for little chillier days in Hobart, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Port Arthur, Richmond, Nonesuch Distillery, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

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