16 days in Brisbane & New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in Brisbane & New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in Brisbane & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  17​h
1
Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 day
3
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2
nights
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.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, ponder the world of politics at City Hall, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Brisbane tour itinerary app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Brisbane is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in August, expect Brisbane to be much colder, temps between 25°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

1
day
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
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.
On the 5th (Mon), examine the collection at Auckland War Memorial Museum and then make a trip to Sky Tower.

Plan trip to Auckland with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Auckland takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Auckland is 2 hours. When traveling from Brisbane in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum

3
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, & more). The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, have some family-friendly fun at OGO Rotorua, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua route planner.

Drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rotorua, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
On the 9th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, get outside with Bruce Bay, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, and then head outdoors with Great Alpine Highway.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Wellington tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors Museums Transportation

Side Trip

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau ©
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.
On the 11th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, and then take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

Plan my day in Te Anau using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Te Anau takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Gunn ©
Lake Gunn

4
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area, and fly down the slopes at Coronet Peak.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Queenstown attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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