45 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

45 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London, United Kingdom
Train + Fly:  17 h
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Perth, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Adelaide, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Robe, Australia
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Port Campbell, Australia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Apollo Bay, Australia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
8
Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Orewa, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
10
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
11
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
12
Napier, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
13
Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
14
Blenheim, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
15
Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
— 2 nights
car:  7 h 30 min
16
Punakaiki, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
17
Franz Josef, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
18
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
car:  6 h
19
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
20
Manapouri, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
21
Wanaka, New Zealand
— 2 nights
car:  6 h
22
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
— 2 nights
car:  6 h
23
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h
24
Brisbane, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
25
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  25 h
End: London, United Kingdom

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Perth, Australia

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 27th (Thu), examine the collection at Scitech, identify plant and animal life at Matilda Bay Reserve, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, take an in-depth tour of The Nostalgia Box Museum, glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, then make a trip to Winthrop Hall, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspects of Kings Park, and finally get great views at Fraser Avenue Lookout.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Perth route planner.

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Perth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in February, things will get much hotter in Perth: highs are around 38°C and lows about 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Adelaide.

Things to do in Perth

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Matilda Bay Reserve
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The Nostalgia Box Museum ©
The Nostalgia Box Museum
Scitech ©
Scitech
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

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Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Flinders Street Baptist Church.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Adelaide trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Perth to Adelaide by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Perth to Adelaide. While traveling from Perth, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Adelaide, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Robe.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Smith Brothers Walking Trail, Semaphore Beach, River Torrens Linear Park Trail
Find places to stay Feb 29 — Mar 2:
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Ayers House Museum ©
Ayers House Museum
River Torrens Linear Park Trail ©
River Torrens Linear Park Trail
State Library of South Australia ©
State Library of South Australia

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Robe, Australia

Robe ©
Robe is a town and fishing port located in the Limestone Coast of South Australia. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Robe Beach, learn about winemaking at Wangolina, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beachport Surf Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Robe Lighthouse, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Wilson's at Robe.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Robe journey planning tool.

You can drive from Adelaide to Robe in 4 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Robe

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Beachport Surf Beach
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 3:
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Beachport Surf Beach ©
Beachport Surf Beach
Wangolina ©
Wangolina
Wilson's at Robe ©
Wilson's at Robe

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Port Campbell, Australia

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. On the 3rd (Tue), explore the activities along Bay of Martyrs, get outside with The Arch, then take some stellar pictures from Loch Ard Gorge, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Razorback, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Gibsons Steps.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Port Campbell trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Robe to Port Campbell takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Robe to Port Campbell, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Apollo Bay.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bay of Martyrs
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 4:
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
Gibsons Steps ©
Gibsons Steps
The Arch ©
The Arch

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Apollo Bay, Australia

Apollo Bay ©
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Mait's Rest, then take a memorable drive along Great Ocean Road, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Carisbrook Waterfall.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Apollo Bay online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Port Campbell to Apollo Bay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Melbourne.

Things to do in Apollo Bay

Outdoors Nature Parks
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Mait's Rest ©
Mait's Rest
Great Ocean Road ©
Great Ocean Road
Carisbrook Waterfall ©
Carisbrook Waterfall

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, examine the collection at Australian Sports Museum, then get curious at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and finally take a stroll through Degraves Street. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St Paul's Cathedral, admire the striking features of Melbourne Town Hall, wander the streets of Collins St/Swanston St, then admire the masterpieces at ArtVo, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Melbourne holiday planner.

Drive from Apollo Bay to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Melbourne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 7:
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Immigration Museum ©
Immigration Museum
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral

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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.
To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Auckland takes 7 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Auckland due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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Cheltenham Beach ©
Cheltenham Beach

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Paihia, New Zealand

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and then admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take some stellar pictures from Opua Forest Lookout Track, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church, then hike along Manginangina Kauri Walk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Puketi Nature Trail, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Tue) before leaving for Orewa.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Parasailing & Paragliding

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Orewa, New Zealand

Orewa ©
Orewa, a town in New Zealand's North Island, lies on the Hibiscus Coast, just north of the base of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and 40 kilometres north of central Auckland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Couldrey House & Garden, stroll through Red Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Orewa Beach, then don't miss a visit to Orewa Lookout, and finally get engrossed in the history at Bohemian Museum.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Orewa trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Paihia to Orewa in 3 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rotorua.

Things to do in Orewa

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bohemian Museum, Couldrey House & Garden, Red Beach
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 11:
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Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Bohemian Museum ©
Bohemian Museum
Couldrey House & Garden ©
Couldrey House & Garden

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, steep yourself in history at Government Gardens, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Blue Lake Track, explore the striking landscape of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally stop by Eat Street.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua vacation planner.

You can drive from Orewa to Rotorua in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Orewa in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Okere Falls Track, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Volcanic Hills Winery

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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.
On the 13th (Fri), trek along Mounds Walk, explore the striking landscape of Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, then hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Taranaki Falls. Keep things going the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Tongariro River Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Tongariro National Trout Centre, then learn about winemaking at River Vineyard, then hike along Ridge Track, and finally stroll through Silica Rapids Track.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park trip website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Napier.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Turangi
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles ©
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles
Tongariro National Trout Centre ©
Tongariro National Trout Centre

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Napier, New Zealand

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 15th (Sun), learn about winemaking at Brookfields Vineyards, hike along Ahuriri Estuary Walk, learn about winemaking at Linden Estate Winery, then hike along Te Ana and Tangoio Falls tracks, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sunken Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at MTG Hawke's Bay, examine the collection at Faraday Centre, see the interesting displays at British Car Museum, then do a tasting at Moana Park Winery, then stroll through Puketapu Loop - Hawke's Bay Trails, and finally admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Napier route planner.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Napier in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Museums Wineries

Side Trip

British Car Museum
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Sunken Gardens ©
Sunken Gardens
British Car Museum ©
British Car Museum
MTG Hawke's Bay ©
MTG Hawke's Bay

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and finally stroll the grounds of Bolton Street Cemetery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Napier to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Blenheim.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 18:
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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
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial

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Blenheim, New Zealand

Blenheim ©
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
On the 18th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Gibson Bridge Vineyard, do a tasting at Bladen Wines, learn about winemaking at Spy Valley Wines, head outdoors with Sounds Air, then learn about winemaking at Rock Ferry, and finally learn about winemaking at Wither Hills Cellar Door.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Blenheim trip planner.

You can drive from Wellington to Blenheim in 4 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Thu) before leaving for Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Renwick, Sounds Air
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Bladen Wines ©
Bladen Wines
Wither Hills Cellar Door ©
Wither Hills Cellar Door
Dog Point Vineyard ©
Dog Point Vineyard

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Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Abel Tasman National Park ©
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Tata Beach, hike along The Grove Scenic Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rawhiti Cave Track, and finally explore the activities along Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs). On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Wainui Falls Track, view the masterpieces at Sculpture705 Lollokiki, look for all kinds of wild species at Tonga Island Marine Reserve, kick back and relax at Kaiteriteri Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Riwaka Resurgence, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Abel Tasman National Park tour app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Blenheim to Abel Tasman National Park. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Punakaiki.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Pohara, Kaiteriteri, Rawhiti Cave Track, Riwaka Resurgence, Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs)
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) ©
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs)
Wainui Falls Track ©
Wainui Falls Track
Tonga Island Marine Reserve ©
Tonga Island Marine Reserve

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Punakaiki, New Zealand

Punakaiki ©
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. On the 21st (Sat), don't miss a visit to InterSpace Gallery.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Punakaiki online trip planner.

You can take a bus from Abel Tasman National Park to Punakaiki in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Punakaiki

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Westport
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 22:
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Truman Track ©
Truman Track
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
Pororari River Track ©
Pororari River Track

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): hike along Terrace Walk, go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk, take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, then trek along Minnehaha Walk, then trek along Moraine Walk, and finally trek along Sentinel Rock Walk.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Franz Josef trip planner.

You can drive from Punakaiki to Franz Josef in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Helicopter Tours
West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre

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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.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown tour site.

Drive from Franz Josef to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Arrowtown
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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Te Anau, New Zealand

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Manapouri.

Things to do in Te Anau

Tours Wildlife Parks
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Helicopter Tours
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary
Te Anau Lion Lookout Point ©
Te Anau Lion Lookout Point

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Manapouri, New Zealand

Manapouri is a small town in Southland / Fiordland, in the southwest corner of the South Island, in New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the activities along Manapouri Lake, and then stop by Wild Wool Gallery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Manapouri trip website.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Manapouri with the Route module. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wanaka.

Things to do in Manapouri

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Manapouri Lake ©
Manapouri Lake
Wild Wool Gallery ©
Wild Wool Gallery

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Wanaka, New Zealand

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, examine the collection at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop, then trek along Isthmus Peak Track, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Roys Bay Recreational Reserve, get outside with Oxbow The Adventure Co., trek along Mount Iron Track, then do a tasting at Aitken's Folly Vineyard, then explore the activities along Wanaka, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Manapouri to Wanaka. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Mon) before leaving for Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through Glencoe Walk, then see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Tasman Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Kea Point Track, trek along Sealy Tarns Track, trek along Red Tarns Track, then trek along Governors Bush Walk, and finally hike along Mueller Hut Route.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) holiday builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 5.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Wed) before leaving for Christchurch.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tasman Glacier
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:
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Tasman Glacier ©
Tasman Glacier
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track

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Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Mona Vale, then contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush, and then pause for some photo ops at Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch takes 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Christchurch are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Thu) before leaving for Brisbane.

Things to do in Christchurch

Historic Sites Parks
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Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush
Mona Vale ©
Mona Vale
Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial ©
Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Boggo Road Gaol (Jail) and Newstead House. Let the collections at State Library Of Queensland and Opal Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Coolangatta (Greenmount Beach & Kirra Beach), Tugun Beach (in Tugun) and Currumbin Beach (in Gold Coast). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Kings Beach, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, make a trip to Cathedral Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nepalese Pagoda.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Brisbane tour planner.

Fly from Christchurch to Brisbane in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Christchurch to Brisbane. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Christchurch in April; daily highs in Brisbane reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Caloundra, Buderim Forest Park
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Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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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.
Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk are in your itinerary. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Bronte Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, take an in-depth tour of Sydney Jewish Museum, and examine the collection at Hyde Park Barracks.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in April, expect nights in Sydney to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bondi, Manly, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bronte Beach
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 9:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

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