33 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

33 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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33 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
+2
shuttle + subway + Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Taupo, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
4
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
8
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 45​min
9
Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Cape Tribulation, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + shuttle:  24​h
End: Seattle, United States


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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 29th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, identify plant and animal life at Tonga Island Marine Reserve, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Hapuka Estuary Walk, head outdoors with Bruce Bay, then examine the collection at Pataka Art + Museum, and finally head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip maker site .

Seattle, USA to Wellington is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 20 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Seattle in August: highs in Wellington hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Pataka Art + Museum, Tonga Island Marine Reserve
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Tonga Island Marine Reserve ©
Tonga Island Marine Reserve

3
nights
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Horsemtrails. Visiting Tongariro Northern Circuit and Rotopounamu Track will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park travel route builder app .

You can drive from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

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 the city life by going to Huka Falls Walkway and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, & more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, grab your bike and head to Great Lake Trail, and view the masterpieces at Tukairangi Gallery.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Taupo itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Zipline

2
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Step out of the city life by going to Milford Sound and Ivan Wilson Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, hike along Gertrude Saddle, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mitre Peak.

For photos and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau road trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Taupo to Te Anau in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Marian Track ©
Lake Marian 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Australian National Maritime Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge, approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

Before you visit Sydney, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Sydney in 9.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Te Anau to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Sydney are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and National Gallery of Victoria. Museum-lovers will get to explore Shrine of Remembrance and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. The adventure continues: examine the collection at National Sports Museum, get engrossed in the history at Old Treasury Building, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Melbourne reach 63°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Jewish Holocaust Centre
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
Get some cultural insight at Kata Tjuta and Valley of the Winds. Get in touch with nature at Uluru and Kuniya Walk. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, take some stellar pictures from Uluru, trek along Uluru Hiking Path, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park road trip tool .

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hover around 83°F and lows are around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Visiting Maguk Gorge and Warradjan Cultural Centre will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, take in the dramatic scenery at Motor Car Falls, explore and take pictures at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, and explore the activities along Jim Jim Falls.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

2
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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mowbray National Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, head outdoors with Horses in Port, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Port Douglas trip maker app .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In September in Port Douglas, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

2
nights
Cape Tribulation, Australia

Cape Tribulation ©
A lush headland that's part of the forested Daintree Region, Cape Tribulation was so named by Lieutenant--later Captain--Cook in 1770, when his ship ran aground in the area.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, identify plant and animal life at Daintree Discovery Centre, then enjoy the sand and surf at Thornton Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Myall Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Cape Tribulation Beach, learn more about the world around you at Daintree Entomological museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Daintree National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Tribulation trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Photography Tours, Daintree Discovery Centre
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
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Thornton Beach ©
Thornton Beach
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park
Daintree Discovery Centre ©
Daintree Discovery Centre

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Historic Village Herberton and Bones and Jones will appeal to museum buffs. When in Cairns, make a side trip to see Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove, approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, explore the striking landscape at Earl Hill, and take in nature's colorful creations at Munro Martin Parklands.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cairns trip builder .

Traveling by car from Cape Tribulation to Cairns takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Cairns sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Historic Village Herberton, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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