27 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

27 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Perth, Australia
— 3 nights
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Adelaide, Australia
— 2 nights
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Canberra, Australia
— 2 nights
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Hobart, Australia
— 3 nights
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Port Arthur, Australia
— 2 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Brisbane, Australia
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Perth, Australia

— 3 nights

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Get out of town with these interesting Perth side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mandurah) and Fremantle Prison (in Fremantle). Dedicate the 11th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, steep yourself in history at The Perth Mint, and contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Perth trip maker app.

Darwin to Perth is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Darwin to Perth is minus 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Darwin in December, with highs in Perth at 35°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to fly to Adelaide.

Things to do in Perth

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:

Adelaide, Australia

— 2 nights
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Adelaide: McLaren Vale (Primo Estate & Wine Diva Tours). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, make a trip to Adelaide Oval, admire the natural beauty at Adelaide Botanic Garden, and learn more about the world around you at South Australian Museum.

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You can fly from Perth to Adelaide in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Adelaide is 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Perth in December: highs in Adelaide hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Canberra.

Things to do in Adelaide

Museums · Wineries · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

Canberra, Australia

— 2 nights

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Australia, get engrossed in the history at Australian War Memorial, and then pause for some photo ops at Rats of Tobruk Memorial. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Questacon, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Australia, and then don't miss a visit to Mount Ainslie Lookout.

For reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Canberra online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Adelaide to Canberra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 0.5 hours. December in Canberra sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Hobart.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

Hobart, Australia

— 3 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Step out of Hobart with an excursion to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton--about 30 minutes away. On the 17th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, see the interesting displays at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), and indulge your senses at Drink Tasmania Premium Tours.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hobart sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Canberra to Hobart in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Canberra in December: highs in Hobart hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Tours · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:

Port Arthur, Australia

— 2 nights
Surrounded by shark-infested waters and connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of land, Port Arthur ranks among Australia's top historical sites and heritage areas.
On the 20th (Mon), hike along Three Capes Track and then head outdoors with Wild Ocean Tasmania.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Arthur travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Hobart to Port Arthur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Port Arthur are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 4 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Te Anau (The Chasm Walk & Milford Sound). On the 23rd (Thu), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read our Queenstown online route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Port Arthur to Queenstown. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Port Arthur to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

Wellington, New Zealand

— 1 night

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Wellington day trip tool.

Fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Tours · Transportation

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 4 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, admire all the interesting features of Te Puia, and take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

Auckland, New Zealand

— 1 night

City of Sails

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 31st (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Auckland Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Auckland trip builder site.

Getting from Rotorua to Auckland by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rotorua in December: highs in Auckland hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Brisbane.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Brisbane, Australia

— 4 nights

Australia's New World City

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.
Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Warner Bros. Movie World (in Oxenford), Surfers Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise) and Sea World Theme Park (in Main Beach). And it doesn't end there: walk around South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see maps and more tourist information, read our Brisbane sightseeing planner.

Fly from Auckland to Brisbane in 6.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in December: highs in Brisbane hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

Tasmania travel guide

4.5
Nature & Parks · Art Museums · Mountains
Unspoiled beauty and colorful nature are the hallmarks of Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state. This picturesque island boasts some of the country’s most attractive stretches of coastline and a number of distinctive, forested mountain ranges. The state capital, Hobart, serves as an ideal base for exploration of the island’s interior and opulent beaches.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.