48 days in Adelaide, Tasmania & New Zealand Itinerary

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Adelaide, Australia
— 7 nights
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Hobart, Australia
— 6 nights
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Dunedin, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Wanaka, New Zealand
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Adelaide, Australia — 7 nights

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Appreciate the collections at National Motor Museum and South Australian Maritime Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Carrick Hill and St Peter's Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Adelaide: Aldinga Beach (in Aldinga Beach), Skydiving (in McLaren Vale) and Gorge Wildlife Park (in Cudlee Creek). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Henley Beach, get engrossed in the history at South Australian Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Adelaide Arcade, and identify plant and animal life at Waterfall Gully.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Adelaide trip builder.

Singapore, Singapore to Adelaide is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1.5 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in November, you will find days in Adelaide are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are much colder (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Hobart.
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Hobart, Australia — 6 nights

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
You'll explore and learn at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) and Channel Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Sullivans Cove and Narryna Heritage Museum. Explore Hobart's surroundings by going to Raptor Refuge (in Kettering) and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (in Brighton). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, enjoy the sand and surf at Kingston Beach, discover the deep blue sea with Go Dive Tasmania, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nutgrove Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hobart driving holiday website.

Fly from Adelaide to Hobart in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Adelaide to Hobart, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, Hobart is slightly colder than Adelaide - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Paihia.
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Paihia, New Zealand — 3 nights

The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Get outdoors at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Taupo Bay Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and St James Anglican Church. Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Kerikeri (Manginangina Kauri Walk & Puketi Nature Trail), Whangaroa Harbour (in Whangaroa) and Russell (Russell Nature Walks & Oneroa Bay). There's lots more to do: walk around Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, and identify plant and animal life at Aroha Island Ecological Centre.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paihia tour planning site.

You can fly from Hobart to Paihia in 12 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand — 4 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Taranaki Falls and Mounds Walk. Step out of the city life by going to Tongariro Northern Circuit and Whakapapa Nature Walk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tongariro National Park: Ohakune (Mangawhero Forest Walk and Rimu Walk, Ohakune Carrot Adventure Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Te Porere Redoubt, hike along Silica Rapids Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge Track, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Getting from Paihia to Tongariro National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a shuttle to Taupo.
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Taupo, New Zealand — 2 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 6th (Wed), kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls, then gear up at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, and finally take in the natural beauty of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Great Lake Trail, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Taupo tour planner.

You can take a shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rotorua.
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Rotorua, New Zealand — 5 nights

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
You'll get in some beach time at Papamoa Beach and Pilot Bay. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Maunganui Base Track and 3D Trick Art Gallery. Step out of Rotorua with an excursion to the Zeus Gallery in Tauranga--about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Kerosene Creek, trek along Blue Lake Track, and relax in the rural setting at aMAZEme.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua vacation planner.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand — 2 nights

Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, Head underground at Aranui Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on Spellbound, then don't miss a visit to Sir Colin Meads Statue, then see the interesting displays at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of shearer.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves route planning app.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can fly to Christchurch.
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Christchurch, New Zealand — 2 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, admire all the interesting features of Godley Head, then wander the streets of Port Hills, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral. On your second day here, pick up some local products at Christchurch Farmers' Market, explore and take pictures at Riccarton House & Bush, then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and finally fulfill a lifelong dream with Leisure Tours.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Waitomo Caves to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. December in Christchurch sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly to Dunedin.
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Dunedin, New Zealand — 2 nights

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): examine the collection at New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, then see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, then examine the collection at The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago, then stop by Happy Hens, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandfly Bay Track, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at St Clair Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dunedin online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Christchurch to Dunedin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Te Anau.
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Te Anau, New Zealand — 5 nights

Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mirror Lakes Walk and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Take a break from the city and head to Milford Sound and Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Te Anau: Manapouri Lake (in Manapouri) and Milford Sound (Bowen Falls, Milford sound Hwy, &more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Gertrude Saddle, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, get in touch with nature with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dunedin to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Wanaka.
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Wanaka, New Zealand — 3 nights

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Get some cultural insight at The World of Deer Museum & Speciality Shop and The Picture Lounge. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Thunder Creek Falls, look for gifts at Outside Sports Wanaka, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and take a memorable drive along Haast Pass.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Wanaka online itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Wanaka with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.
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Queenstown, New Zealand — 5 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery and The Barn. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Queenstown Cemetery and One Mile Power House. The adventure continues: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Park, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown road trip site.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Tasmania travel guide

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Wildlife Areas · Mountains · Art Museums
Unspoiled beauty and colorful nature are the hallmarks of Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state. This picturesque island boasts some of the country’s most attractive stretches of coastline and a number of distinctive, forested mountain ranges. The state capital, Hobart, serves as an ideal base for exploration of the island’s interior and opulent beaches.
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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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