28 days in Australia, Thailand & New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in Australia, Thailand & New Zealand Itinerary

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28 days in Australia, Thailand & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Ferry + Drive:  21​h 30​min
3
Taupo, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Newcastle, Australia
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
6
Gold Coast, Australia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Brisbane, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  15​h 45​min
8
Patong, Thailand
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  5​h
9
Bangkok, Thailand
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

1
night
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.
You've now added Over The Top - The Helicopter Company to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Garden, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): see the world from above with Over The Top - The Helicopter Company, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, then have some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory Queenstown, and finally get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Queenstown is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Dubai to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Over The Top - The Helicopter Company ©

4
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, hike along Lake Gunn, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and stroll through Hollyford Track.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau road trip tool .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

4
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Zipline, & more). And it doesn't end there: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls Walkway, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and get interesting insight from Tours.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Taupo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Taupo in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rotorua, Tongariro National Park, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

4
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, stroll through Manly Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Sydney takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Taupo to Sydney. In January in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
The Rocks ©
The Rocks

1
night
Newcastle, Australia

While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
On the 29th (Wed), get interesting insight from Tours, go for a walk through Newcastle Memorial Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nobbys Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Newcastle online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sydney to Newcastle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January in Newcastle, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Newcastle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Off-Road Tours
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Off-Road Tours
Newcastle Memorial Walk ©
Newcastle Memorial Walk
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park and then stroll through Burleigh Heads Beach.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Newcastle to Gold Coast takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach

3
nights
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.
On the 31st (Fri), walk around South Bank Parklands and then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane day trip app .

Traveling by car from Gold Coast to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Brisbane sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. You'll set off for Patong on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

3
nights
Patong, Thailand

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
When in Patong, make a side trip to see Big Buddha Phuket in Chalong, approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Freedom Beach, stop by Dress Men Fashion, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Patong travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Brisbane to Patong in 16 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Brisbane to Patong, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in February: highs in Patong hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Karon Beach, Big Buddha Phuket
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road

3
nights
Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Bangkok is known for historic sites, shopping, nightlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Pho, stroll around Lumpini Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Paragon.

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

Do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Bangkok in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. February in Bangkok sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

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