Australia/New Zealand itinerary overload!

Old Jan 7th, 2010, 11:58 AM
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Australia/New Zealand itinerary overload!

My husband and I are attempting to plan a trip that will include a bit of both Australia and New Zealand and I am getting overwhelmed! I would love some input as to how to put these two together and what time frame we might need.

We were thinking of two to three weeks and if we use that as a starting place , what would people suggest for the Australian and New Zealand 'must sees' . We are retirees who love animal life and "creature comforts" as well.

How long a trip is it from Australia to New Zealand and what are the best cities to fly from and to? What do the fares run and which are the recommended airlines?

Any help from this well traveled group will be much appreciated!
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Old Jan 7th, 2010, 01:44 PM
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I think the best place for you to start would be with a good guidebook or two. They will give you a lot of the basic information and some even include suggested itineraries for the amount of time you will be there. If you plan to visit both Australia and New Zealand, then I would plan on a minimum of 3 weeks and 4 weeks would be even better.
Check your local library to see if they have guidebooks which you can check out. That way you can see which ones suit your 'travel style' before you buy any.
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A trip from Sydney to Auckland, or Melbourne to Auckland is normally 3 hours, there is a two hour time difference between New Zealand and Sydney/Melbourne. NZ is two hours ahead.

Where are you travelling from?
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Hi Bryarci,

With the time you have, 2 or 3 weeks, my suggestion would be to stick to one country and see & experience it in depth rather than try to do both.

Using the scenario of a total of 2 weeks, you should figure on "losing" that first and last day, as the first one will be sort of getting over any jet lag and getting the lay of the land, so to speak, and the last day will be repacking and getting to the airport for your return flight. Then you have travel time between say, between Sydney and Melbourne, or the Great Barrier Reef, or Auckland, and that adds up as well (and adds to the cost of your trip).

If you really want to do both countries I'd say to split the time up and in New Zealand decide what you're interested in the most and then stay on one island instead of trying to do both.

Hope this was helpful!


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We are Floridians and traveled in late October and early November. While we had only 22 days our wonderful trip included both Australia and New Zealand. After doing a lot of reading and getting great advice on this forum, we knew just what we wanted to see. We understand that we just scratched the surface but for us it was the trip of a lifetime. We flew from LAX to Auckland and enjoyed a brief visit to the North Island that included the glow worms and Rotorua. We then flew to the Queenstown (we just loved this city and the people). While on SI we visited Milford Sound, the Franz Josef glacier, road the Tranz Alpine train, and had a short stay in Christchurch. We then went to Sydney, while there we had a fabulous dinner cruise and visited the Blue Mountains. From Sydney we flew to Alice Springs and took a bus to Ayers Rock (both are not to be missed, however the cost is high and I think the temperatures in summer might be too hot) from there we flew to Cairns. While in Cairns we took a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef and a train to Kuranda, both fabulous days. We finished our trip with 3 tremendous days in Melbourne which included a field trip to a Koala Conservation project and the Penguin Parade. We flew from Melbourne to LAX. Price was a consideration but the timing of the trip was more important. It is 12 1/2 hours from Lax to Auk, a very long flight but not as long as Lax to Mel which is 14 hours. We flew Quantas because we got the best price. Hope I have been of some help.
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