33 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

33 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
2
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 3 nights
3
Taupo, New Zealand
— 3 nights
4
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
5
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
6
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
7
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
8
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia
— 2 nights
9
Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
10
Cape Tribulation, Australia
— 2 nights
11
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights

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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.
On the 29th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tonga Island Marine Reserve, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, get outside with Bruce Bay, and then see the interesting displays at Pataka Art + Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Wellington day trip planning app.

Seattle, USA to Wellington is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 20 hours. When traveling from Seattle in August, plan for colder days in Wellington, with highs around 55°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bruce Bay, 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
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Tonga Island Marine Reserve ©
Tonga Island Marine Reserve

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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 Mount Ruapehu and Tongariro Northern Circuit. Escape the urban bustle at Te Porere Redoubt and Rotopounamu Track. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsemtrails, trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park online road trip planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Te Puia and Tukairangi Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls Walkway and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, &more). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Lake Trail, and kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach.

You can plan Taupo trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time 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
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

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.
Get in touch with nature at Mitre Peak and Milford Sound. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, stroll through Lake Marian Track, and hike along Gertrude Saddle.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planner.

Getting from Taupo to Te Anau by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough 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

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Australian National Maritime Museum and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Art Gallery of New South Wales and Hyde Park Barracks. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and wander the streets of The Rocks.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip planning website.

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 in Sydney, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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

3
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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Let the collections at Melbourne Museum and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at National Gallery of Victoria and Immigration Museum. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Chinese Australian History Inc., and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne route maker.

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Melbourne reach 63°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can 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:
Highlights from your plan
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Uluru and Walkatjara Art Uluru. Step out of the city life by going to Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga. The adventure continues: trek along Uluru Hiking Path, identify plant and animal life at Kuniya Walk, appreciate the views at Valley of the Winds, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole.

To find maps and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ubirr and Twin Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Maguk Gorge and Anbangbang Billabong. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre, admire the sheer force of Motor Car Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Jim Jim Falls, and explore and take pictures at Anbangbang Rock Shelter.

Before you visit Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 11 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can 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
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Four Mile Beach. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, head outdoors with Horses in Port, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, and explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas online trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Port Douglas. In September, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel 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:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, engage your brain at Daintree Discovery Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Thornton Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Myall Beach. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Tribulation Beach, then get a new perspective on nature at Daintree Entomological museum, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daintree National Park.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Cape Tribulation fast, fun, and easy.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Cape Tribulation sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Cape Tribulation

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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Cairns, Australia

Cairns ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Historic Village Herberton and Bones and Jones. You'll get in some beach time at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, admire the natural beauty at Munro Martin Parklands, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and explore the striking landscape at Earl Hill.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns journey maker site.

Getting from Cape Tribulation to Cairns by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. 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
Historic Village Herberton ©
Historic Village Herberton
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

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