18 days in New Zealand & Western Australia Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand & Western Australia Itinerary

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Start: Doha, Qatar
Fly:  20 h 45 min
1
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  12 h
3
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Taupo, New Zealand
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
5
Paihia, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  17 h 45 min
6
Exmouth, Australia
— 1 day
Fly:  23 h
End: Doha, Qatar

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Queenstown Arts Centre and Fallen Soldiers Memorial. Escape the urban bustle at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables Ski Area. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary planning site.

Doha, Qatar to Queenstown is an approximately 22- hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Doha to Queenstown. You will leave for Fox Glacier on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Queenstown

Nature Outdoors Parks
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Spas
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

2
nights
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier route planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Fox Glacier by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery ©
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery

2
nights
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Take a break from the city and head to Horsemtrails and Te Porere Redoubt. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tongariro Northern Circuit and Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Mounds Walk and take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls.

Plan a Tongariro National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Fox Glacier to Tongariro National Park takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, flight, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

3
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tukairangi Gallery and L'Arte. Head to Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary and New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institutefor some retail therapy. Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Rotorua (Volcanic Hills Winery & Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kinloch Beach, and indulge your taste buds at Taupo Market.

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

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary ©
Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Akeake Historic Reserve Track are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pompallier Mission and Printery and Byrne Northland Wines. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Kaan Zamaan, stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop, and admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia online itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Taupo to Paihia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Exmouth.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Pompallier Mission and Printery
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

1
day
Exmouth, Australia

Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Exmouth holiday app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Exmouth in 17 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Paihia to Exmouth. In September, daily temperatures in Exmouth can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Exmouth

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Shark Diving
Spas

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