11 days in Cairns, Auckland & Queenstown Itinerary

11 days in Cairns, Auckland & Queenstown Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: San Francisco, United States

4
nights
Cairns, Australia

Cairns ©
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.
Divers Den has been added to your itinerary.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cairns online trip planner.

Sydney to Cairns is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Cairns at 37°C and lows at 28°C. On the 7th (Sun), you'll travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Divers Den ©
Divers Den

3
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Adventure Capital.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Auckland online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Auckland in 8 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Cairns in January, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. You'll set off for Queenstown on the 10th (Wed).

Things to do in Auckland

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Adventure Capital ©
Adventure Capital

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, push the limits with an extreme tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. On the 13th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Queenstown

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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Zipline
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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