With 10 days to explore Australia and New Zealand, you can jump between Queenstown, Sydney, Tasmania, and Perth to sample each country's highlights or get an introduction to Down Under culture while visiting Auckland, Rotorua, Melbourne, Uluru, and Sydney. Travelers eager to delve into outdoor pursuits will find Queenstown, Sydney, and Cairns ideal destinations, while those seeking a fast-paced trip can rent a car and take a road trip through New Zealand.

Itinerary #1: Fast-Paced Australia & New Zealand Tour: Queenstown, Sydney, Tasmania & Perth

This Australia and New Zealand tour is perfect for first-time visitors looking to check out some of the landscapes and cities on offer Down Under. Starting in New Zealand, you'll marvel at the beauty of Queenstown and Milford Sound / Piopiotahi. Then, hop over to Australia and spend two or more days each in Sydney, Hobart, and Perth. Notable highlights along the way include a hike to Bondi Beach, time to explore Freycinet National Park, and a full-day cycling excursion around Rottnest Island in search of incredibly cute quokkas. 

Kick off your trip with two nights in Queenstown, New Zealand
Kick off your trip with two nights in Queenstown, New Zealand
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Queenstown, Spirit of Queenstown Dinner Cruise Queenstown
Day 2 Full-Day Milford Sound / Piopiotahi Adventure Queenstown
Day 3 Fly to Sydney (Australia), Explore Sydney
Day 4 Guided Bike Tour, Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, Ferry to the Taronga Zoo Sydney
Day 5 Full-Day Blue Mountains Tour Sydney
Day 6 Fly to Hobart, Free Time, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Night Tour Hobart
Day 7 Full-Day Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park Tour, Evening Pub Tour Hobart
Day 8 Fly to Perth, Free Time, Swan River Dinner Cruise Perth
Day 9 Full-Day Rottnest Island Tour with Bike Perth
Day 10 Morning Coffee Culture & Art Tour, Depart  

Welcome to New Zealand! Your adventure begins in picturesque Queenstown, where any hints of jet lag will quickly pass as you cruise Lake Wakatipu and experience the dramatic Milford Sound / Piopiotahi during a scenic flight and cruise. Then, on the morning of Day 3, say goodbye to New Zealand and hop across the Tasman to Sydney, Australia. Kickstart your stay in Sydney with free time to stroll along the Circular Quay and Darling Harbour. Over the following days, embark on a guided bike tour, visit the Taronga Zoo, and spend a day hiking in the nearby Blue Mountains

A flight to Hobart, Tasmania, on Day 6 is next, and after refreshing at your hotel, you'll visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to admire the island's quirky native animals. The following day, discover the wild landscapes of Freycinet National Park during a full-day guided tour, which includes a trek to the Wineglass Bay Lookout. Then, after an evening hopping between Hobart's historic pubs, you'll catch a flight to Perth, Western Australia. Spend your final vacation days cruising along Swan River, cycling around Rottnest Island (and spotting the smiling quokkas), and soaking up the city's art scene before catching your onward flight. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Australia & New Zealand Culture Tour: Auckland, Rotorua, Melbourne, Uluru & Sydney

Crafted for travelers eager to discover the vibrant culture of Australia and New Zealand, this culture-forward trip promises an introduction to the traditions of the Māori and the Indigenous peoples. Enlightening excursions include a Te Pa Tu Māori Feast, a Wintjiri Wiru Aboriginal Drone Show, and a guided walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens. In between, enjoy a thorough tease of each country's incredible landscapes while gliding through glowworm caves, pondering the Twelve Apostles, and watching the sunrise over Uluru. 

 Stop to see the glowworm caves as you make your way from Auckland to Rotorua
Stop to see the glowworm caves as you make your way from Auckland to Rotorua
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Auckland, Private Walking Tour, Dinner Cruise Auckland
Day 2 Transfer to Rotorua via Hobbiton & Waitomo Glowworm Caves Rotorua
Day 3 Kiwi Tour & Maori Arts, Te Pa Tu Maori Feast & Performance Rotorua
Day 4 Fly to Melbourne (Australia), Evening Dinner, Tales & Cocktails Tour Melbourne
Day 5 Full-Day Great Ocean Road Trip Melbourne
Day 6 Fly to Uluru, Wintjiri Wiru Aboriginal Drone Show Uluru
Day 7 Desert Awakenings Tour, Painting Workshop & Sacred Sites Tour Uluru
Day 8 Fly to Sydney, Taronga Zoo Wild Australia Experience, Sunset BridgeClimb Sydney
Day 9 Bush Tucker Tour, Panoramic Sydney Sights, Surry Hills Dining Walk Sydney
Day 10 Morning Tea Cruise, Depart  

Your culture-filled tour begins in Auckland, New Zealand, where a dinner cruise provides the perfect atmosphere to settle in. Next, wander the Hobbiton Movie Set and enjoy the starry wonderland of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves during a transfer to Rotorua. While in this geothermal-rich city, visit Te Puia Springs, the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, and Te Pa Tu before catching a flight to Melbourne, Australia. Two days here will fly by as you check out the city's many quirky bars and street art and embark on a full-day tour along the Great Ocean Road to the impossible Twelve Apostles

Midway through your adventure, it's time to hop on another flight, bound for Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia's outback. Two days here promises ample time to delight in the Wintjiri Wiru Aboriginal drone show, visit sacred caves at the Mutitjulu Waterhole, and indulge in delicacies during a Sounds of Silence dinner. Then, fly to Sydney, where you'll explore the Taronga Zoo, conquer the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb, and stroll the Royal Botanic Gardens. Lastly, relax on the soft sands of Bondi Beach and squeeze in a morning cruise before catching your onward flight. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Australia & New Zealand Outdoor Adventure: Queenstown, Sydney & Cairns

Focus your time on three distinct regions—Queenstown, Sydney, and Cairns—and take advantage of their many outdoor pursuits on this adventure in Australia and New Zealand. Highlights include a thrilling jetboat experience in New Zealand's adventure capital, a cruise on Milford Sound / Piopiotahi, a coastal hike in Hermitage Foreshore Reserve, and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. With a mix of urban exploration and outdoor adventures, this itinerary is perfect for thrill-seekers eager to experience various activities while limiting travel time.

Boat around the Milford Sound / Piopiotahi on your first full day of the trip
Boat around the Milford Sound / Piopiotahi on your first full day of the trip
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Queenstown, TSS Earnslaw Farm Tour & Dinner Queenstown
Day 2 Milford Sound / Piopiotahi Sightseeing Flight & Nature Cruise Queenstown
Day 3 Gourmet Food & Wine Tour, Shotover Jet Boat, Onsen Evening Session Queenstown
Day 4 Fly to Sydney (Australia), Afternoon Cruise, Evening Rocks Pub Tour Sydney
Day 5 Sydney Sights Tour, Taronga Zoo Keeper Tour, Potts Point Dining Walk Sydney
Day 6 Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tour, Coastal Delights Tour Sydney
Day 7 Fly to Cairns, Hartley's Crocodile Adventure & Zootastic 5 Cairns
Day 8 Full-Day Kuranda Tour Cairns
Day 9 Full-Day Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cairns
Day 10 River Drift Snorkeling, Depart  

Upon arriving in Queenstown, New Zealand, your adventure begins with a delightful cruise on Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet dinner. Over the next two days, delve deeper into the region's many remarkable landscapes: first while flying to Milford Sound / Piopiotahi for a nature cruise, followed by a Central Otago wine-tasting tour, an exciting jet boat ride in Shotover River Canyon, and a relaxing evening at the Onsen hot pools. Then, catch a flight to Sydney, Australia, on Day 4, where you'll settle into your three-night stay with a cruise around Sydney Harbour and bar hopping in The Rocks

While in Sydney, you'll also visit the Taronga Zoo, sample innovative dishes during a Potts Point foodie experience, and embark on an Aboriginal bush tucker tour through the Royal Botanic Gardens. Then, round off your stay hiking in the Hermitage Foreshore Reserve before flying north to Cairns. A memorable Zootastic 5 experience is first on the agenda here, followed by a delve into the region's many activities. These include a day trip to the mountain village of Kuranda, a sailing excursion over the Great Barrier Reef, and a River Drift snorkeling tour in the rainforest on Mossman River. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Sydney & New Zealand's South Island Ultimate Adventure

Experience sunny Sydney and embark on an activity-filled road trip from Christchurch to Queenstown on this Australia and New Zealand adventure. In Sydney, you'll climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge and meet koalas at the Symbio Wildlife Park. Then, hop over to New Zealand, where you'll stargaze while soaking in hot pools, heli-hike on Haupapa / Tasman Glacier, cruise Milford Sound / Piopiotahi, and bungee jump off the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown. 

Enjoy spectacular scenery as you drive from Christchurch to Queenstown
Enjoy spectacular scenery as you drive from Christchurch to Queenstown
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Sydney (Australia), Sunset BridgeClimb Sydney
Day 2 Panoramic Day Tour, Taste of Sydney Tour, Sydney Opera House Show Sydney
Day 3 Full-Day Wildlife, Waterfalls & Wine Tour Sydney
Day 4 Fly to Christchurch (New Zealand), Historic Tram Dinner Christchurch
Day 5 Māori Cultural Food Tour, Drive to Lake Tekapo, Tekapo Springs Stargazing Lake Tekapo
Day 6 Cass Valley Backcountry Tour, Mount Cook Heli Hike Lake Tekapo
Day 7 Drive to Queenstown, Skyline Gondola & Luge, Farm Tour & Dinner Queenstown
Day 8 Kawarau Bridge Bungee Jump, Half-Day Wine Tour, Onsen Evening Session Queenstown
Day 9 Milford Sound / Piopiotahi Full-Day Adventure Queenstown
Day 10 Short Hike, Depart Queenstown  

Begin your trip in Sydney, where the excitement of a sunset BridgeClimb on the Sydney Harbour Bridge will quickly shake off any travel fatigue. The excitement continues the next day during a guided tour from The Rocks to Bondi Beach, followed by a food tour and show at the iconic Sydney Opera House. You'll also embark on a wildlife, waterfalls, and wineries tour along the Grand Pacific Drive before saying farewell to Sydney and catching a flight to Christchurch, New Zealand. Here, you'll enjoy a unique moving dinner onboard a historic tram and participate in a Māori cultural food tour.

Nearing the halfway mark of your trip, it's time to pack up your rental car and hit the road to Lake Tekapo, a charming town set against the Southern Alps. During your stay, experience the infinity of the night sky while soaking in Tekapo Springs, 4WD through Mackenzie Country, and embark on an epic heli-hike on Haupapa / Tasman Glacier. Then, continue to Queenstown, where you'll spend the final days of your adventure ticking off numerous memorable activities. These include a ride up the Skyline Gondola, a bungee jump off Kawarua Bridge, a cruise on Milford Sound / Piopiotahi, and a short hike of your choice. Learn more

Itinerary #5: New Zealand South Island Road Trip & Melbourne

Embark on an outdoor adventure-packed self-drive down New Zealand's West Coast and spend three days soaking up Melbourne's coastlines and culinary scene on this road trip. Perfect for travelers seeking a fast-paced tour, the journey starts in Christchurch and includes a night each in Punakaiki, Hokitika, and Franz Josef / Waiau before reaching Queenstown. Then, hop over to Melbourne to tour the Great Ocean Road and soar over the city in a hot-air balloon.

See Hokitika's famous Pancake Rocks on the west coast of New Zealand
See Hokitika's famous Pancake Rocks on the west coast of New Zealand
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Christchurch (New Zealand), Maori Culinary Tour Christchurch
Day 2 Alpine Train to Greymouth, Scenic Drive to Punakaiki Punakaiki
Day 3 Glowworm Cave Tour, Drive to Hokitika Hokitika
Day 4 Explore Hokitika, Drive to Franz Josef / Waiau & Visit Hot Pools Franz Josef Glacier
Day 5 Glacier Heli-Hike, Drive to Queenstown & Farm Tour with Dinner Queenstown (NZ)
Day 6 Milford Sound Scenic Flight & Cruise, Bungee Jump & Rata Dinner Queenstown (NZ)
Day 7 Fly to Melbourne (Australia), Evening Food Walk Melbourne
Day 8 Great Ocean Road Eco-Tour Melbourne
Day 9 Balloon Flight with Breakfast, Coffee & Landmarks Tours Melbourne
Day 10 Depart Melbourne  

Your 10-day trip starts with an overnight stay in the resilient small city of Christchurch, New Zealand, and while here, you'll enjoy an introduction to Māori culture through a culinary tour. Then, speed your way west through Arthur's Pass to Greymouth on a scenic train ride, where you'll pick up your rental car and embark on a three-day road trip to Queenstown. Along the way, visit Punakaiki to admire its unique pancake rocks, explore a captivating glowworm cave in Hokitika, and experience an exhilarating heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier.

Upon arriving in Queenstown, kick off your stay with a leisurely cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Then, rise early for a Milford Sound / Piopiotahi flight and cruise experience, giving you the rest of the day free to bungee jump from Kawarua Bridge and dine at the award-winning Rata. Another early start is on the cards the following morning for a flight over to Australia. Your destination is Melbourne, and over three days here, you'll have plenty of time for a road trip along the nearby Great Ocean Road and to experience the city's highlights during a hot-air balloon ride and guided walking tour. Learn more

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Map of 10 Days in Australia & New Zealand - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 10 Days in Australia & New Zealand - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas