15 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia
— 2 nights
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Darwin, Australia
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Queenstown, New Zealand — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally hike along Queenstown Hill.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Queenstown online trip planner.

Hanoi, Vietnam to Queenstown is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Hanoi to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney, Australia — 2 nights

The Harbour City

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.
On the 18th (Tue), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, see a show at Sydney Opera House, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and finally hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney tour planning site.

Fly from Queenstown to Sydney in 6 hours. Traveling from Queenstown to Sydney, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia — 2 nights

Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Uluru, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, then explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally trek along Uluru Hiking Path. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Walpa Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and then surround yourself with nature on Uluru Astro Tour.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 4°C in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Cairns.
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Cairns, Australia — 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips and Palm Cove Beach. Step out of Cairns to go to Palm Cove and see Spas, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cairns driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Cairns: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).
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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park), Australia — 2 nights

Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. On the 25th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Marrawuddi Arts & Culture, explore the ancient world of Ubirr, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on Yellow Water Cruises, take in the dramatic natural features at Nourlangie Rock, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Anbangbang Rock Shelter.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) driving holiday planner.

Getting from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) by flight takes about 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is minus 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Darwin.
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Darwin, Australia — 3 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Defence of Darwin Experience and RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Crocosaurus Cove and Berry Springs Nature Park. Next up on the itinerary: make a splash at Darwin Waterfront, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Darwin trip planner.

Getting from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Darwin by car takes about 3 hours. In July in Darwin, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
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.
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
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.
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