25 Days Travel Package Australia and New ZealandWhen travelling "down under", many travellers combine Australia and New Zealand. While this is generally a good idea,we recommend you make plenty of time available. Distances are vast, so we recommend domestic flights between key locations. To really discover places like the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock/ Uluru plus the nature hikes in New Zealand, visitors should consider the different weather and seasons between locations (see further details below). This sample 25-days itinerary can be amended to your travel needs. Contact us and we'll plan this together for an unforgettable holiday in New Zealand and Australia.
Day 1: Arrive in Sydney
Arrive in Sydney and stay two nights in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Sydney has a stunning harbour, great beaches, exciting shopping and dining, plus a fabulous nightlife scene.
Day 2: Stay and explore Sydney
Spend the day exploring Sydney by visiting the Queen Victoria Building, Darling Harbour, the Opera House, The Rocks and some of the stunning harbour suburbs such as Potts Point, the ritzy Double Bay and Watsons Bay.
Day 3: Flight from Sydney to Cairns and continue to Port Douglas
Take a domestic flight from Sydney to Cairns, pick-up a rental car and continue to Port Douglas. Relax at your beachside accommodation and enjoy the warm water and lush bush surrounds.
Day 4: Stay and explore the Great Barrier Reef
Take a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy snorkelling and diving among the spectacular coral formations.
Day 5: Stay and explore the Daintree Forest
Self-drive day tour into the Daintree Forest National Park. Experience the unique and beautiful tropical fauna and wildlife of this 76000 hectare National park, the largest tract of tropical rainforest remaining in Australia. Guided wildlife cruises explore the Daintree River and you get a close-up view of a saltwater crocodile.
Day 6: Domestic flight to Darwin
Travel back to Cairns and take a domestic flight to Darwin. Pick-up another rental car or get a hotel transfer. Darwin is a modern tropical city, home to more than 50 ethnic groups including a vibrant Aboriginal art community.
Day 7: Stay and explore the Kakadu National Park
Drive with a rental car to the Kakadu National Park 147 km east of Darwin, one of Australia's most significant ecological treasures. You may also select a guided tour with commentary ex Darwin.
Day 8: Stay and explore the Kakadu National Park
Day tour Kakadu National Park, home to an astounding range of wildlife, Aboriginal art and archaelogical sites. A boat cruise is an excellent way to experience the wildlife and habitats.
Day 9: Domestic flight to Alice Springs
Return to Darwin airport then fly to Alice Springs and experience real outback Australia. Nature has an overwhelming power here - the skyscrapers are made of rock, not steel, and one of the best shows in town is the spectacular million-star night-time display. Its arid environment is home to a large population of unique animals, birds and reptiles. Wallabies, dingoes, emus, tiny geckos and huge eagles are just some of the long-established locals you’re likely to encounter.
Day 10: Stay and explore the Outback or Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park
Take a guided day tour into the Outback. Experience Ayers Rock-Uluru and the Kata Tjuta National Park - join a cultural tour with an Aboriginal guide, or enjoy a campfire dinner and savour barramundi, emu or kangaroo underneath an incomparable starlit sky. Uluru’s cousins, the Olgas, or Kata Tjuta, form another sacred site just 32 kilometres away: a collection of 36 steep, rounded, russet domes over around 3,500 hectares.
Day 11: Domestic flight to Adelaide
Fly from Alice Springs to Adelaide, an attractive city surrounded by parks and gardens, nearly 1000 hectares in total, Adelaide is a subtle blend of culture, churches and cafes.
Day 12: Stay and explore Adelaide
Take a day tour to Kangaroo Island, the third largest island off mainland Australia and a popular destination with fine beaches, great fishing, diving and surfing and plenty of wildlife. There are regular flights from Adelaide or a ferry from Cape Jervis. Another option is to take a day trip to the Barossa Valley for wine tasting in this well known viticultural centre.
Day 13: Flight from Adelaide to Queenstown/ New Zealand
International flight from Adelaide to Queenstown, New Zealand. This can be arrange by GINZ.com or yourself.
Day 14: Stay and explore Queenstown and Milford Sound
Select a morning trip to Milford with Real Journeys - you can see the beauty of Fiordland from the air and cruise the fjord with a scenice boat trip. You will have plenty of time in Queenstown after the flight to explore or go rafting, horse trekking, wine touring or simply have a relaxing afternoon.
Day 15: Queenstown to Fox Glacier
Travel to Fox Glacier via Haast Pass, allowing 5.5 hours driving. If the weather is clear on arrival, take a flight by helicopter onto the glacier below Mt Cook for stunning views of the Southern Alps and the bush and beaches of the West Coast. A guided walk onto the glacier with Alpine Guides is included in your itinerary.
Day 16: Stay and explore Fox Glacier
If you enjoyed your evening flight or the weather was not clear, book a heli-hike onto the glacier with a guide or take a guided hiking trip. Take a walk around Lake Mathieson or drive out to Gillespies beach.
Day 17: Fox Glacier to Punakaiki
Travel to Punakaiki along the West Coast of the South Island.Drive to Punakaiki (250 km, 3 hours) with a stop off in Hokitika and see the Jade carvers at work. At low tide, take a walk down Trumans Track just north of Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and blowholes at Dolomite Point at high tide. There are many good bush walks around the Paparoa National Park and the Fox River.Stay in Punakaiki.
Day 18: Punakaiki to Nelson and Abel Tasman region
Travel to the Abel Tasman / Nelson area through the Buller Gorge. Stop at Cape Foulwind seal colony. Another worthwhile stop is the Nile River Valley where you can take an open train trip through the rainforest to the limestone caves.
Day 19: Stay and explore the Nelson and Abel Tasman region
Enjoy a kayaking day tour in the Abel Tasman National Park. Drive to Marahau via Kaiteriteri to the Southern entrance to the park and the base for sea kayaking, boat trips and walks. If time allows, the Pupu Walkway and Te Waikoropupu Springs, the clearest freshwater springs in the Southern Hemisphere, are worth a detour.
Day 20: Domestic flight to Napier
Fly from Nelson to Napier on the East Coast of the North Island. This is a premium wine growing area and is home to many excellent restaurants, wineries, orchards, artists and crafts people and is also known as the "Art Deco Capital".
Day 21: Napier to Rotorua via Lake Taupo
Travel to Rotorua via Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand and famous for Rainbow Trout fishing. Stop off at Huka falls just north of Taupo and the Wairakei Thermal Reserve before driving onto Rotorua.
Day 22: Stay and explore Rotorua
Plan for a full day explore in Rotorua. Visit the volcanic areas and hot pools around the town, enjoy a traditional Hangi concert, a boat trip and fishing on the lake. A trip to a traditional maori Village and cultural centre is included in your itinerary. Also included is a Volcanic Air Safari trip to White Island.
Day 23: Rotorua to the Coromandel Peninsula
Travel to the Coromandel Peninsula, a favourite holiday destination for New Zealanders because of it's relaxed atmosphere, beautiful beaches and native bush walks - it's a great place to relax for the last couple of days in New Zealand. On the way you will stop at the famous Waitomo Caves and visit the Ruakuri Cave with a 2 hour guided tour.
Day 24: Stay and explore the Coromandel Peninsula
Take a picnic and explore the beautiful beaches and bush walks. At Hot Water there are volcanic springs under the sand and you can dig your own spa. Hahei, Cathedral Cove and Cooks Beach are all recommended. From Cooks Beach, drive along to Ferry landing. Leave your car here and take a short ferry ride across to Whitianga to enjoy a good selection of cafes and shopping plus a walk along Buffalo Beach.
Day 25: Travel to Auckland
Travel to Auckland and stay a last night in the city centre. From your downtown accommodation in the Viaduct basin, you can stroll to waterfront cafes and bars, take a boat across to Devonport, do some last minute shopping in downtown Auckland and enjoy a ride up the Sky Tower for views over the city and harbour.