16 days in Brisbane, Auckland & Queenstown Itinerary

16 days in Brisbane, Auckland & Queenstown Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Bus + Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Brisbane, Australia
— Few hours
Fly:  6 h 45 min
2
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Brisbane, Australia
— 7 nights
Fly + Bus:  17 h 30 min
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Brisbane day trip planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Brisbane is an approximately 19.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in November, things will get a bit cooler in Brisbane: highs are around 31°C and lows about 21°C. You will leave for Auckland on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to SkyTower, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take a stroll through Devonport, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland itinerary builder.

You can fly from Brisbane to Auckland in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Auckland, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Brisbane in November, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. On the next day, walk around Village Green, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, then whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and finally do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown route maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Auckland to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Chard Farm Winery ©
Chard Farm Winery
Spas

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Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Mooloolaba (Sea Life Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba Beach, &more), Kings Beach (in Caloundra) and Australia Zoo (in Beerwah). See some other sides of Brisbane: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane trip itinerary app.

Fly from Queenstown to Brisbane in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mooloolaba, Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, Kings Beach, Australia Zoo
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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