15 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Shanghai, China
Fly:  13​h
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Port Campbell, Australia
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
3
Melbourne, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Brisbane, Australia
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
5
Gold Coast, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Sydney, Australia
— 1 night
train:  3​h
8
Jervis Bay, Australia
— Few hours
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Sydney, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  30​min
10
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
11
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
— Few hours
drive:  30​min
12
Wanaka, New Zealand
— Few hours
bus:  2​h 30​min
13
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
14
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
15
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 day
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Shanghai, China


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1
night
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
You've added Yarra River, Federation Square, Parliament House of Victoria, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 9th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Cathedral, ponder the world of politics at Parliament House of Victoria, contemplate the long history of Cooks' Cottage, then see the interesting displays at Federation Square, then stroll around Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Yarra River.

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Shanghai, China to Melbourne is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) is 2 hours. Traveling from Shanghai in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 50°F in Melbourne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Melbourne

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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Federation Square ©
Federation Square

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Port Campbell, Australia

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Twelve Apostles as well as Loch Ard Gorge. On the 10th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at London Bridge, then admire all the interesting features of Loch Ard Gorge, and then explore the striking landscape at The Twelve Apostles.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Port Campbell travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Port Campbell takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge
London Bridge ©
London Bridge

1
night
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne
For photos and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip site .

You can drive from Port Campbell to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll set off for Brisbane on the 11th (Thu).

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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1
day
Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park, South Bank Parklands and Brisbane City Council. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): walk around Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park, let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, and then make a trip to Brisbane City Council.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Brisbane online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Brisbane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April, Brisbane is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 78°F and lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks
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Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park ©
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Brisbane City Council ©
Brisbane City Council

2
nights
Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Dreamworld has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach and then make a splash at Dreamworld.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast tour builder .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail self-drive option as well as Green Island. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take a memorable excursion with Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail self-drive option. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Green Island and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cairns attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Cairns takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, Cairns is a bit warmer than Gold Coast - with highs of 85°F and lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail self-drive option
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Green Island ©
Green Island

1
night
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes University of Sydney, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, St. Mary's Cathedral, and other attractions. On the 15th (Mon), kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, then catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and finally don't miss a visit to University of Sydney.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney vacation builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in April; daily highs in Sydney reach 73°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Jervis Bay.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Mrs Macquarie's Chair ©
Mrs Macquarie's Chair

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hours
Jervis Bay, Australia

Jervis Bay ©
A trip to Jervis Bay will take you to the southern coast of New South Wales, known for allegedly boasting some of the whitest sands in the world.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dolphin Watch Cruises. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): get up close to creatures of the deep with Dolphin Watch Cruises.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Jervis Bay tour itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Sydney to Jervis Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Jervis Bay when traveling from Sydney in April, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Sydney.

Things to do in Jervis Bay

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin Watch Cruises ©
Dolphin Watch Cruises

1
night
Sydney, Australia

Sydney
To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney sightseeing app .

Traveling by train from Jervis Bay to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. On the 17th (Wed), you're off toChristchurch.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Parks
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1
night
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Avon River, Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Mona Vale. On the 17th (Wed), explore the activities along Avon River, admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then explore and take pictures at Mona Vale, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christchurch Cathedral.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch trip maker tool .

You can fly from Sydney to Christchurch in 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in Christchurch reach 63°F and lows reach 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Christchurch Cathedral ©
Christchurch Cathedral
Mona Vale ©
Mona Vale

few
hours
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Pukaki as well as Church of the Good Shepherd. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Good Shepherd, and then explore the activities along Lake Pukaki.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lake Tekapo route planner .

Getting from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Pukaki
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd
Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki

few
hours
Wanaka, New Zealand

Wanaka ©
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.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wanaka journey maker .

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Wanaka by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Nature Parks
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Wakatipu. On the 19th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown day trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Queenstown

Nature Parks
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Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu

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night
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.
To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Rotorua trip app .

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Auckland in April since evenings lows in Rotorua dip to 55°F. You'll set off for home on the 22nd (Mon).

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

Plan a Auckland trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Queenstown to Auckland by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In April, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Nature Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

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