30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Port Douglas, Australia
— 1 night
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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Melbourne, Australia
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Port Douglas, Australia — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Port Douglas tour planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Port Douglas is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. In November, Port Douglas is somewhat warmer than Tel Aviv - with highs of 87°F and lows of 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Cairns.
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Cairns, Australia — 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Spend the 4th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 5th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Esplanade Boardwalk, explore the world behind art at Samurai Gallery Australia, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cairns planning website.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Cairns are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney, Australia — 4 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, visit The Rocks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney online attractions planner.

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in November, with highs in Sydney at 77°F and lows at 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Auckland.
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Auckland, New Zealand — 3 nights

City of Sails

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 sightseeing, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, get impressive views of Mount Eden, see the interesting displays at MOTAT - Museum of Transport and Technology, and observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Auckland route builder.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Auckland takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney to Auckland, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in November: highs in Auckland hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can fly to Rotorua.
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Rotorua, New Zealand — 2 nights

Sulphur City

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.
On the 15th (Tue), explore and take pictures at Te Puia, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rotorua, with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Taupo.
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Taupo, New Zealand — 2 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): push the limits with an extreme tour, then take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, then enjoy some diversion at Huka Prawn Park, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand — 2 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls and then get to know the fascinating history of Ohakune Old Coach Road. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park visit planning website.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to fly to Wellington.
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Wellington, New Zealand — 1 night

Harbour Capital

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 21st (Mon), see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can fly to Queenstown.
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Queenstown, New Zealand — 1 night

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You will leave for Melbourne on the 23rd (Wed).
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Melbourne, Australia — 6 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay) and Werribee Open Range Zoo (in Werribee). Dedicate the 28th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne day trip app.

You can fly from Queenstown to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Melbourne are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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