16 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
1
Brisbane, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
3
Hinuera, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Brisbane, Australia

3
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Main Beach (Speed Boats Tours & Sea World Theme Park) and Surfer's Paradise Beach (in Surfers Paradise). And it doesn't end there: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and get great views at Mount Coot-tha Lookout.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane sightseeing planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast Airport. July in Brisbane sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trip

Gold Coast
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

5
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 sightseeing, nightlife, nature, trails, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sydney itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Brisbane to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Brisbane in July, you will find days in Sydney are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hinuera.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Shelly Beach
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Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

2
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Hinuera, New Zealand

Hinuera ©
Hinuera's claim to fame is Hobbiton, the setting for the shires in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
Get out of town with these interesting Hinuera side-trips: Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves), Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Base Track, Maunganui Beach, & more) and Agrodome (in Ngongotaha). It doesn't end there: go for a walk through Cape Reinga and step off the mainland to explore Kapiti Island.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hinuera itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Sydney to Hinuera with the Route module. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Hinuera

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Agrodome, Kapiti Island, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Cape Reinga
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Agrodome ©
Agrodome
Cape Reinga ©
Cape Reinga

4
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.
Christchurch is known for parks, museums, sightseeing, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, stop by Golden Fleece New Zealand Limited, and gear up at Velocity Karts Ltd.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Hinuera to Christchurch takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Parks
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

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