30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  27​h
1
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  12​h 30​min
2
Margaret River, Australia
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h
3
Hobart, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
5
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Wanaka, New Zealand
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
8
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
9
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  26​h
End: Toronto, Canada

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Botanical Gardens and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Spend the 3rd (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. It doesn't end there: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Cairns trip itinerary maker website .

Toronto, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Cairns, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in November, things will get much warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Botanical Gardens ©
Botanical Gardens
Helicopter Tours

2
nights
Margaret River, Australia

A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. Go for a jaunt from Margaret River to Augusta to see Jewel Cave about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Lake Cave, learn about winemaking at Redgate Wines, cruise along Caves Road, and stop by Moon Haven Natural Products.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Margaret River trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cairns to Margaret River in 12.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Cairns to Margaret River, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Nature Parks

Side Trips

Boranup, Augusta, Moon Haven Natural Products, Redgate Wines
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Food Tours

2
nights
Hobart, Australia

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascades Female Factory Historic Site. Step out of Hobart with an excursion to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton--about 30 minutes away. On the 10th (Tue), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Hobart Convict Penitentiary, and snap pictures at Richmond Bridge.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hobart online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Hobart takes 12 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Margaret River to Hobart due to the time zone difference. November in Hobart sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Richmond Bridge
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Food Tours
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

3
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, beaches, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of The Rocks, stroll through Manly Beach, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney holiday planner.

Fly from Hobart to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Hobart - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

2
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Doubtful Sound and The Chasm Walk. Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). It doesn't end there: Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Te Anau trip planner.

Getting from Sydney to Te Anau by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

4
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kiwi Birdlife Park and Helicopter Tours. And it doesn't end there: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, get outside with Arrowtown Village, and hike along Queenstown Hill.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planning website .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Arrowtown Village
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road ©
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Wanaka and Helicopter Tours. The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Wanaka, hike along Blue Pools Track, stroll through Mount Iron Track, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Wanaka road trip tool .

Getting from Queenstown to Wanaka by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Helicopter Tours
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Wanaka ©
Wanaka

3
nights
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Tekapo and Hooker Valley Track. Change things up with these side-trips from Lake Tekapo: New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm (in Pukaki) and SkyScape (in Twizel). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Good Shepherd, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Alexandrina, go for a walk through Mount John University Observatory, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake Tekapo trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Lake Tekapo in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lake Pukaki, Hooker Valley Track, New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm, SkyScape
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Church of the Good Shepherd ©
Church of the Good Shepherd
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

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nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Maunganui Summit Track and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Huka Falls tracks (in Taupo) and Mt Maunganui Main Beach (in Mount Maunganui). The adventure continues: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, have some family-friendly fun at OGO Rotorua, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and steep yourself in history at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lake Tekapo to Rotorua takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In November, daytime highs in Rotorua are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Tauranga, River Rafting & Tubing, Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, Huka Falls tracks
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Horseback Riding Tours
Mount Maunganui Summit Track ©
Mount Maunganui Summit Track

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