50 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

50 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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Cairns, Australia
— 19 nights
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Perth, Australia
— 10 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 9 nights
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 8 nights
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Cairns, Australia

— 19 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.
Explore Cairns' surroundings by going to Historic Village Herberton (in Herberton), Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Wangetti) and Port Douglas (Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course and Restaurant, Four Mile Beach, &more). Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Daintree National Park. Spend the 7th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Mossman Gorge Centre, kick back and relax at Trinity Beach, don't miss a visit to The Afghanistan Avenue of Honour, and learn about winemaking at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner.

Belfast, UK to Cairns is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 10 hours. Traveling from Belfast in July, things will get a bit warmer in Cairns: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to fly to Perth.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — Aug 14:

Perth, Australia

— 10 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Perth: Fremantle (Fremantle Prison & Fremantle Markets) and Top Gun Tours (in West Swan). The adventure continues: stroll around Kings Park and Botanic Garden, contemplate the long history of The Perth Mint, pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see maps and more tourist information, read Perth day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Perth takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Western Standard Time (AWST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in August: high temperatures in Perth hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Perth

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 24:

Auckland, New Zealand

— 9 nights

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.
When in Auckland, make a side trip to see Horse Riding Warkworth in Warkworth, approximately Warkworth away. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, go for a stroll along the water at Viaduct Harbour, and get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Auckland using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Perth to Auckland takes 9.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Auckland is 4 hours. Traveling from Perth in August, you will find days in Auckland are little chillier (14°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (14°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Christchurch.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — Sep 3:

Christchurch, New Zealand

— 8 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Geraldine Observatory (in Geraldine) and Black Diamond Safaris (in Methven). On the 7th (Wed), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, admire the natural beauty at Ohinetahi Garden, and experience the excitement of Velocity Karts.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Christchurch online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Auckland in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Christchurch. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Museums · Tours · Transportation

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 11:

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.

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.