26 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

26 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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26 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + bus:  33​h
1
Margaret River, Australia
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
2
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
3
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Wanaka, New Zealand
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
6
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
7
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  26​h
End: Toronto, Canada

3
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 Lake Cave and Bunker Bay. Go for a jaunt from Margaret River to Cape Naturaliste to see Sugarloaf Rock about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, stop by Moon Haven Natural Products, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfers Point.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Margaret River online tour itinerary planner .

Toronto, Canada to Margaret River is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Toronto to Margaret River, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Margaret River

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dunsborough, Cowaramup, Surfers Point, Lake Cave
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Food Tours
Bunker Bay ©
Bunker Bay
Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wentworth Falls and Speed Boats Tours. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Sydney in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Margaret River to Sydney. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wentworth Falls
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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.
Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. On the 5th (Wed), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Te Anau in 9.5 hours. Another option is to 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Dark Ride. On the 10th (Mon), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, enjoy some diversion at Break One Clay Target Shooting, take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

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 11th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Break One Clay Target Shooting ©
Break One Clay Target Shooting
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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 Parasailing & Paragliding. Spend the 12th (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, get your game on at Crossfire Wanaka, view the masterpieces at Wanaka Fine Art Gallery, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

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 14th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Wanaka

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Helicopter Tours

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 Church of the Good Shepherd and Hooker Valley Track. Change things up with these side-trips from Lake Tekapo: Mt. Cook Village (Aoraki/Mt. Cook & Governors Bush Walk). There's still lots to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, and hike along Kea Point Track.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo road trip site .

Getting from Wanaka to Lake Tekapo by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Mt. Cook Village
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Church of the Good Shepherd ©
Church of the Good Shepherd

3
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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 Horseback Riding Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Falls tracks & Aratiatia Rapids). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael's Catholic Church, relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, and take in nature's colorful creations at Government Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rotorua trip planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Lake Tekapo to Rotorua in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Rotorua are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours
Aratiatia Rapids ©
Aratiatia Rapids

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