20 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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20 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Denver, United States
Fly:  26​h
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Dunedin, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
Denver, United States

2
days
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 6th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then admire the masterpieces at Rotorua Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Tamaki Maori Village. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Government Gardens, then explore the striking landscape at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planner.

Denver, USA to Rotorua is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Rotorua is 19 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, River Rafting & Tubing
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
River Rafting & Tubing
Rotorua Museum ©
Rotorua Museum

2
days
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 8th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, examine the collection at The Weta Cave, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On your second day here, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, explore the activities along Queen Charlotte Sound, and then contemplate the long history of Edwin Fox Museum.

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You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Wellington are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Picton
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
The Weta Cave ©
The Weta Cave

2
days
Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Church Of Otago, view the masterpieces at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Olveston Historic Home, then see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Natures Wonders Naturally. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Otago Peninsula and then explore the historical opulence of Larnach Castle & Gardens.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Dunedin in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

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Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Otago Peninsula ©
Otago Peninsula
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum ©
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Larnach Castle & Gardens ©
Larnach Castle & Gardens

1
day
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.
On the 13th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Arrow River, admire the masterpieces at Lakes District Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Queenstown travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Dunedin to Queenstown by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Arrowtown Chinese Settlement ©
Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Lakes District Museum ©
Lakes District Museum
Arrow River ©
Arrow River

1
day
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 14th (Tue), explore and take pictures at Riccarton House, then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and then don't miss a visit to Cardboard Cathedral.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Christchurch sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Christchurch

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Riccarton House and Bush ©
Riccarton House and Bush
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

2
days
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
With Melbourne's combination of world-class dining, art galleries, homegrown fashion and a packed sports calendar, it's no surprise Victoria's capital is regarded the world’s most livable city.
On the 16th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach, and then kick back and relax at Frankston Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Shrine of Remembrance, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne travel planner.

You can fly from Christchurch to Melbourne in 7 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Christchurch in November, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Frankston Beach
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

2
days
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Enjoy Sydney’s natural beauty, from unspoilt beaches to public gardens and, of course, the sparkling harbour, before discovering its thriving restaurants and markets.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Hyde Park Barracks Museum, then see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The Rocks Discovery Museum, and finally wander the streets of The Rocks. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in November, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cairns.

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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

2
days
Cairns, Australia

Cairns ©
The gateway to Queensland's tropical north, Cairns is a laid-back city best enjoyed outdoors.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): experience rural life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, then brush up on your military savvy at The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Monica's Cathedral. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in November, with highs in Cairns at 87°F and lows at 72°F. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Scuba & Snorkeling
Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay

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