22 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
Train + Fly:  21 h
1
Darwin, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h
3
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  13 h 45 min
7
Margaret River, Australia
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Train:  25 h
End: London, United Kingdom

3
nights
Darwin, Australia

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Explore hidden gems such as Litchfield National Park and Speed Boats Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Crocosaurus Cove. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Defence of Darwin Experience and get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Darwin holiday planning tool.

London, UK to Darwin is an approximately 21- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a 9.5 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in June, with highs in Darwin at 36°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Crocosaurus Cove ©
Crocosaurus Cove
Speed Boats Tours

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Palm Cove Beach and Trinity Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Botanical Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Port Douglas), Spas (in Palm Cove) and Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cairns online tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Darwin to Cairns is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Darwin in June, expect nights in Cairns to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Boat Tours & Water Sports, Mossman Gorge Centre, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Trinity Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

2
nights
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.
Visiting Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and Mt Maunganui Main Beach will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Mount Maunganui Summit Track and River Rafting & Tubing. When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Mount Maunganui Base Track in Mount Maunganui, approximately Mount Maunganui away. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and explore the striking landscape at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

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You can fly from Cairns to Rotorua in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Cairns in June, plan for little chillier days in Rotorua, with highs around 18°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, River Rafting & Tubing
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Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village ©
Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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 Lake Wanaka and Parasailing & Paragliding. Escape the urban bustle at Queenstown Hill and Kiwi Birdlife Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Wanaka (Wanaka & Helicopter Tours). There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, get your game on at Fear Factory Queenstown, steep yourself in history at One Mile Power House, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Rotorua to Queenstown by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Wanaka
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
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.
On the 4th (Sun), kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, then hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and finally listen to music at Sydney Opera House. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and then wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Sydney takes 6 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Sydney due to the time zone difference. July in Sydney sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

2
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru Hiking Path, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, then stroll through Kuniya Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Valley of the Winds, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning site.

You can fly from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is minus 0.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Margaret River.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Uluru ©
Uluru

2
nights
Margaret River, Australia

Margaret River ©
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.
Visiting Lake Cave and Jewel Cave will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Hamelin Bay and Meelup Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Margaret River: Yallingup (Ngilgi Cave & Canal Rocks) and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (in Augusta). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Mammoth Cave and look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Margaret River trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Margaret River in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Margaret River due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yallingup, Augusta, Meelup Beach
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Meelup Beach ©
Meelup Beach
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay

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