44 days in Australia & South Island Itinerary

44 days in Australia & South Island Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
Perth, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Bunbury, Australia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Margaret River, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Stirling Range National Park, Australia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Hyden, Australia
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
6
Lancelin, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Perth, Australia
— 1 night
Train:  31 h
8
Adelaide, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h
9
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Akaroa, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 45 min
11
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
12
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Bus:  4 h
13
Wanaka, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
14
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
15
Dunedin, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
16
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  33 h
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Perth, Australia

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 10th (Fri), browse the collection at City of Perth Library, get engrossed in the history at The Nostalgia Box Museum, view the masterpieces at Aspects of Kings Park, find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, then don't miss a visit to Winthrop Hall, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Jacob's Ladder. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Hyde Park and then take an in-depth tour of Western Australian Museum - Perth.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Perth visit planning site.

London, UK to Perth is an approximately 20- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from London in January, expect Perth to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bunbury.

Things to do in Perth

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
The Nostalgia Box Museum ©
The Nostalgia Box Museum
Aspects of Kings Park ©
Aspects of Kings Park

1
night
Bunbury, Australia

Bunbury ©
Bunbury is a growing city that attracts young workers, who in turn have fostered a vibrant nightlife.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bunbury day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Perth to Bunbury takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Margaret River.

Things to do in Bunbury

Museums

Side Trip

Featured Wood Gallery & Museum
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Featured Wood Gallery & Museum ©
Featured Wood Gallery & Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): do a tasting at Redgate Wines, stroll through Margaret River Mouth Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sunflowers Animal Farm. On your second day here, stop by Vasse Virgin, shop like a local with JahRoc Galleries, do a tasting at Cape Grace Wines, then do a tasting at Amelia Park Wines, then do a tasting at Brown Hill Estate, and finally kick back and relax at Hamelin Bay.

Make your Margaret River itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Bunbury to Margaret River in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Stirling Range National Park.

Things to do in Margaret River

Outdoors Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Brown Hill Estate, Cape Grace Wines, Redgate Wines
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Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay
Redgate Wines ©
Redgate Wines
Brown Hill Estate ©
Brown Hill Estate

1
night
Stirling Range National Park, Australia

Stirling Range National Park
To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Stirling Range National Park trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Margaret River to Stirling Range National Park takes 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. On the 15th (Wed), you're off to Hyden.

Things to do in Stirling Range National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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1
night
Hyden, Australia

Hyden
The town of Hyden is located 292 km east-southeast of Perth, Western Australia in the Shire of Kondinin. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at The Miniature Soldier Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hyden holiday builder website.

Getting from Stirling Range National Park to Hyden by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Lancelin.

Things to do in Hyden

Museums
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Lancelin, Australia

Lancelin ©
Lancelin is a small fishing and tourist town 127 km north of Perth, Western Australia. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the sky in a new way at GDC Observatory - Gingin and then enjoy the sand and surf at Back Beach. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try for a hole-in-one at Caladenia Mini Golf and then take in the exciting artwork at The Serendipity Gallery and Cafe.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lancelin trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Hyden to Lancelin in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel to Perth.

Things to do in Lancelin

Museums Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trip

Gingin
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GDC Observatory - Gingin ©
GDC Observatory - Gingin
Caladenia Mini Golf ©
Caladenia Mini Golf

1
night
Perth, Australia

Perth ©
On the 18th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Queens Gardens and then tour the pleasant surroundings at City Beach. On the next day, explore by horseback at Forge Farm Riding School, then steep yourself in history at Leighton Battery Guns, then take in the architecture and design of The University of Western Australia, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Matilda Bay Reserve.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Perth visit planning app.

Traveling by car from Lancelin to Perth takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Leighton Battery Guns, City Beach, Matilda Bay Reserve
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City Beach ©
City Beach
Matilda Bay Reserve ©
Matilda Bay Reserve
Forge Farm Riding School ©
Forge Farm Riding School

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Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scots Church Adelaide, then steep yourself in history at General Post Office, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Francis Xavier Cathedral, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Centennial Park Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Semaphore Beach, make a trip to Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide, then stroll around Elder Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Jet Flight Simulator Adelaide.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Adelaide tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Perth to Adelaide takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Perth to Adelaide. While traveling from Perth, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Adelaide, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Adelaide

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Semaphore Beach, Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre, Centennial Park Cemetery
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Scots Church Adelaide ©
Scots Church Adelaide
St Francis Xavier Cathedral ©
St Francis Xavier Cathedral
Semaphore Beach ©
Semaphore Beach

5
nights
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore hidden gems such as Riccarton House & Bush and Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk. Popular historic sites such as Port Hills and Mona Vale are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Geraldine (Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum & Geraldine Observatory) and Washpen Falls (in Darfield). There's much more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the striking landscape at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), take a memorable tour with Tours, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch holiday maker site.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Christchurch takes 9.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Christchurch. Traveling from Adelaide in January, expect Christchurch to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Geraldine, Washpen Falls, Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area
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Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Akaroa, New Zealand

Akaroa ©
The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Peter's Anglican Church, then get engrossed in the history at Akaroa Museum, then look for gifts at Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hinewai Reserve. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Akaroa Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to Banks Peninsula War Memorial and Grounds, and then learn about winemaking at French Peak Wines.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Akaroa trip maker tool.

Drive from Christchurch to Akaroa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Akaroa

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums
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Hinewai Reserve ©
Hinewai Reserve
Akaroa Museum ©
Akaroa Museum
Akaroa Lighthouse ©
Akaroa Lighthouse

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Fishing Charters & Tours. Visiting Ben Lomond Track and Lake Hayes Walkway will get you outdoors. Step out of Queenstown to go to Oturehua and see Hayes Engineering Works & Homestead (inc Cafe), which is approximately 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: grab your bike and head to Queenstown Trail, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, and contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Akaroa to Queenstown in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Hayes Engineering Works & Homestead (inc Cafe)
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Hayes Engineering Works & Homestead (inc Cafe) ©
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Queenstown Trail ©
Queenstown Trail

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nights
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of Our Lady of the Alps and ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Roberts Point Track and Callery Gorge Walk. Take a break from Fox Glacier with a short trip to Sentinel Rock Walk in Franz Josef, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: hike along Peters Pool Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Copland Track, look for all kinds of wild species at Tatare Tunnels Walk, and have fun at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier visit planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Fox Glacier by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Roberts Point Track ©
Roberts Point Track
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk
Peters Pool Walk ©
Peters Pool Walk

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Oxbow The Adventure Co. and Thunder Creek Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Blue Pools Track and Haast Pass. Take a break from Wanaka with a short trip to Bendigo Historic Reserve in Bendigo, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Fantail Falls, examine the collection at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rob Roy Track, and take in the exciting artwork at Wanaka Fine Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Fox Glacier to Wanaka takes 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Bendigo Historic Reserve, Fantail Falls, Haast Pass
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Oxbow The Adventure Co. ©
Oxbow The Adventure Co.
Blue Pools Track
Blue Pools Track
Fantail Falls ©
Fantail Falls

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Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kea Point Track and Sealy Tarns Track. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pleasant Point Museum and Railway and Burkes Pass Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Gem Alpaca Stud (in Fairlie), Glencoe Walk (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)) and Lake Tekapo (Mount John Summit Circuit Track & Roundhill Ski Area). It doesn't end there: hike along Governors Bush Walk and stroll through Mueller Hut Route.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mt. Cook Village trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wanaka to Mt. Cook Village. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fairlie, Lake Tekapo, Pleasant Point Museum and Railway
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Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud

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Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, then revel in the low prices at Happy Hens, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Sandfly Bay Track, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shag Point Nature Reserve.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dunedin trip maker.

Getting from Mt. Cook Village to Dunedin by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shag Point Nature Reserve
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Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Shag Point Nature Reserve ©
Shag Point Nature Reserve
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago

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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.
Visiting Mirror Lakes Walk and Hump Ridge Track will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hollyford Track and Milford Foreshore Walk. Get out of town with these interesting Te Anau side-trips: Milford Sound (Milford sound Hwy & Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Marian Track, explore the activities along Lake Gunn, and hike along Gertrude Saddle.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Dunedin to Te Anau in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Hump Ridge Track, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Hump Ridge Track ©
Hump Ridge Track

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