18 days in New Zealand & Western Australia Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand & Western Australia Itinerary

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18 days in New Zealand & Western Australia Itinerary

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
+4
bus + Fly + taxi + train + taxi:  12​h
3
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Taupo, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Paihia, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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.
Visiting Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) and The Remarkables Ski Area will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Queenstown Arts Centre and Fallen Soldiers Memorial. On the 2nd (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Coronet Peak. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Queenstown tour planner .

Doha, Qatar to Queenstown is an approximately 21-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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Winter Sports Nature 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, and then hike along Moraine Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Andris Apse Gallery, stroll through Franz Josef Glacier, and then take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fox Glacier journey maker site .

Drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Horsemtrails. Visiting Tongariro Northern Circuit and Tawhai Falls will get you outdoors. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Te Porere Redoubt and hike along Mounds Walk.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and train from Fox Glacier to Tongariro National Park in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, flight, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Volcanic Hills Winery and L'Arte. Head to Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary and Taupo Marketfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Rotorua (New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute & Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Tukairangi Gallery, and take in the natural beauty of Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Taupo trip simple and quick.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Akeake Historic Reserve Track. Get a sense of the local culture at Pompallier Mission and Printery and St Paul's Anglican Church. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, browse the exhibits of Kaan Zamaan, tee off at Waitangi Golf Club, and learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia tour planner .

You can fly from Taupo to Paihia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to 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): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Exmouth trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Paihia to Exmouth in 18 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paihia to Exmouth is minus 4 hours. 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

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Shark Diving
Spas

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