59 days in New Zealand, Australia & Tokyo Itinerary

59 days in New Zealand, Australia & Tokyo Itinerary

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1
Tokyo, Japan
— 29 nights
2
Brisbane, Australia
— 3 nights
3
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
4
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
5
Adelaide, Australia
— 3 nights
6
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 3 nights
7
Nelson, New Zealand
— 3 nights
8
Wellington, New Zealand
— 3 nights
9
New Plymouth, New Zealand
— 3 nights
10
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights

29
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Asakusa Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Odaiba District and teamLab☆Planets. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), &more), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji) and Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau (in Enoshima). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple), visit Ueno District, and contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kamakura, Tateyama, Katsuura, Isumi, Mishima
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, thenexamine the collection at Opal Museum, thenstroll around Daisy Hill Conservation Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel). On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of D'Aguilar National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Brisbane trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Tokyo to Brisbane by flight takes about 13 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Tokyo to Brisbane is 1 hour. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for little chillier days in Brisbane, with highs around °C, while nights are much colder with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Daisy Hill Conservation Park
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Daisy Hill Conservation Park ©
Daisy Hill Conservation Park
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, admire the masterpieces at Customs House, get to know the fascinating history of Sydney Harbour Circle Walk, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney visit planner.

You can fly from Brisbane to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Brisbane in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Manly, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bronte Beach
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Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk ©
Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

3
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore hidden gems such as ArtVo and St Paul's Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at Degraves Street and National Gallery of Victoria. Step out of Melbourne to go to Brighton and see Brighton Beach, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, get your game on at Zero Latency, steep yourself in history at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and look for all kinds of wild species at St Kilda Pier.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary app.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in Melbourne at °C and lows at °C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

St Kilda Pier, Brighton Beach
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 26:
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ArtVo ©
ArtVo
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

3
nights
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.
On the 26th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of St Francis Xavier Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Waterfall Gully, get engrossed in the history at Migration Museum, thentake an in-depth tour of State Library of South Australia, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Adelaide Oval.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Adelaide visit planning tool.

You can fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Adelaide is minus 0.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Adelaide

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Tanunda, Gorge Wildlife Park
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Waterfall Gully ©
Waterfall Gully
Gorge Wildlife Park ©
Gorge Wildlife Park
Langmeil Winery ©
Langmeil Winery

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): stroll through Corsair Bay, identify plant and animal life at Hinewai Reserve, thensteep yourself in history at Ferrymead Heritage Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Port Hills. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, thenexplore the striking landscape at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), thenadmire all the interesting features of Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk, and finally appreciate the history behind Chalice Sculpture.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Christchurch sightseeing planner.

Getting from Adelaide to Christchurch by flight takes about 9.5 hours. You'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Christchurch due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in August; daily highs in Christchurch reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hinewai Reserve
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:
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Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush

3
nights
Nelson, New Zealand

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum and Beer Tastings & Tours. Visiting Tahunanui Beach and Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Nelson: u-fly extreme (in Motueka) and Havelock Museum (in Havelock). There's much more to do: get your game on at Pro Karts, identify plant and animal life at Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, get engrossed in the history at Nelson Provincial Museum, and make a trip to Broadgreen Historic House.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nelson sightseeing planning app.

Fly from Christchurch to Nelson in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks Museums Wineries

Side Trips

u-fly extreme, Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, Havelock Museum
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:
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Tahunanui Beach ©
Tahunanui Beach
World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum ©
Nelson Provincial Museum ©
Nelson Provincial Museum

3
nights
Wellington, New Zealand

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and National War Memorial. Popular historic sites such as Bolton Street Cemetery and Cape Palliser Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Wellington side-trips: Peka Peka Beach (in Waikanae) and Poppies Martinborough (in Martinborough). There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Wellington online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Nelson to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September in Wellington, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Peka Peka Beach, Poppies Martinborough
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Safaris
Bolton Street Cemetery ©
Bolton Street Cemetery
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial

3
nights
New Plymouth, New Zealand

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Step out of the city life by going to Rotokare Scenic Reserve and Back Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Port Taranaki Walkway and Taranaki Cathedral, Church of St Mary. Change things up with these side-trips from New Plymouth: Opunake Beach (in Opunake), Taranaki Pioneer Village (in Cardiff) and Egmont National Park (Connett Loop Track & Dawson Falls). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Oakura Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Te Henui Cemetery, and hike along Te Henui Walkway.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read New Plymouth road trip site.

Getting from Wellington to New Plymouth by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Auckland.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Egmont National Park, Rotokare Scenic Reserve, Opunake Beach, Taranaki Pioneer Village, Oakura Beach
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Rotokare Scenic Reserve ©
Rotokare Scenic Reserve
Taranaki Pioneer Village ©
Taranaki Pioneer Village
Port Taranaki Walkway ©
Port Taranaki Walkway

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.
Popular historic sites such as Howick Historical Village and Manukau Heads Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Orewa Beach and Muriwai Gannet Colony. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Tawharanui Regional Park (in Warkworth) and Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway (in Orewa). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, tour the pleasant surroundings at Browns Bay Beach, and get some jogging in at Nelson Street Cycleway.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planner.

Getting from New Plymouth to Auckland by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Auckland are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Orewa, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Browns Bay Beach, Tawharanui Regional Park, Room Escape Games
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach

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