20 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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20 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  33​h
1
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
3
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Wanaka, New Zealand
— Few hours
bus:  4​h
6
Franz Josef, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Greymouth, New Zealand
— Few hours
train:  5​h
8
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
11
Gold Coast, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Mumbai, India


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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.
You've added Agrodome, Government Gardens, Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planning app .

Mumbai, India to Rotorua is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Rotorua is 6 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Mumbai in May: high temperatures in Rotorua hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Mon) before leaving for Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Agrodome ©
Agrodome
Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens

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hours
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Waitomo Caves
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves holiday planning app .

Drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 4th (Mon), you're off toAuckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Tours
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1
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium as well as SkyTower. On the 4th (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower and then enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip app .

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Nightlife Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SkyTower ©
SkyTower

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shotover Jet as well as Milford Sound. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): add some fun to your beach time Shotover Jet and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary app .

Getting from Auckland to Queenstown by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for the bus ride to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Milford Sound
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Shotover Jet ©
Shotover Jet

few
hours
Wanaka, New Zealand

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Puzzling World has been added to your itinerary. On the 7th (Thu), have some family-friendly fun at Puzzling World.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Wanaka trip builder site .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Wanaka

Fun & Games
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Puzzling World ©
Puzzling World

1
night
Franz Josef, New Zealand

Franz Josef
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Franz Josef trip planner.

Getting from Wanaka to Franz Josef by bus takes about 5.5 hours. On the 8th (Fri), you'll travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors Parks Tours
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hours
Greymouth, New Zealand

Greymouth
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Greymouth trip planner .

Getting from Franz Josef to Greymouth by car takes about 2.5 hours. You will leave for Christchurch on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Greymouth

Outdoors Parks Tours
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1
night
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Greymouth to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks
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International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Royal Botanic Gardens and Ocean Road Tours. On the 10th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, catch a live event at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Ocean Road Tours.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Melbourne tour itinerary tool .

You can fly from Christchurch to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Christchurch to Melbourne is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Christchurch in May, Melbourne is a bit warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Ocean Road Tours ©
Ocean Road Tours
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens

2
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail self-drive option. On the 12th (Tue), make a short side trip with Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail self-drive option, admire the landmark architecture of Freshwater Station, and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cairns tour itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: highs in Cairns hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. You'll set off for Gold Coast on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail self-drive option
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Freshwater Station ©
Freshwater Station

3
nights
Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has been added to your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World.

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

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in May, with highs in Gold Coast at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, then look for gifts at DUX Collection Sydney, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, then trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and finally catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sydney tour planning website .

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Sydney are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

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