21 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  30 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 day
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
— 3 nights
Fly:  22 h
End: Mumbai, India

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nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Agrodome, Government Gardens and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planning site.

Mumbai, India to Rotorua is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai to Rotorua, you'll lose 6.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Rotorua is cooler than Mumbai - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Agrodome ©
Agrodome
Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens

few
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.
To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves planning tool.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 4th (Mon), you're off to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Tours
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1
night
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 SkyTower.

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Drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Auckland, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.
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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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): get interesting insight from Shotover Jet and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Auckland to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, 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.
To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Wanaka trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 3 hours. You will leave for Franz Josef on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Tours Parks
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1
day
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.
For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Franz Josef holiday maker site.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Franz Josef in 6 hours. You will leave for Greymouth on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Franz Josef

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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 other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Greymouth day trip planner.

Drive from Franz Josef to Greymouth in 2.5 hours. On the 8th (Fri), you're off to Christchurch.

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 see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip planner.

Getting from Greymouth to Christchurch by car takes about 3.5 hours. May in Christchurch sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Christchurch

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

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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, thenbrowse the exhibits of Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip maker site.

Fly from Christchurch to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Christchurch to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Christchurch in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Melbourne, with lows of 9°C. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Ocean Road Tours ©
Ocean Road Tours
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) ©
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

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.
Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail self-drive option has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take a memorable excursion with Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail self-drive option, don't miss a visit to Freshwater Station, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns day trip planning site.

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: highs in Cairns hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. On the 14th (Thu), you're off to Gold Coast.

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

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Sea World Theme Park and Warner Bros. Movie World.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast attractions tool.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Gold Coast takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, Gold Coast is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. On the 17th (Sun), you'll 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.
On the 18th (Mon), hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at DUX Collection Sydney, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, visit Darling Harbour, thensnap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, thengo for a walk through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and finally see a show at Sydney Opera House.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 20th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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