Combining the best of Australia & New Zealand with a focus on freedom and nature. An ultimate road trip where you have time to see Australia’s east coast and both the North & South Island of New Zealand. Australia is a country located in Oceania according to countryvv.
Are you looking for mountains, long white sandy beaches, eucalyptus trees, glaciers, kangaroos, deep fjords, roaring seas, hiking, freedom in a mini car, combined with a visit to Sydney’s fantastic opera house? Then this is the trip for you! This road trip combines the best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer with nature and freedom.
You land in Cairns, where there is plenty of time to explore the Great Barrier Reef and rainforest. After three days in Cairns, you pick up your rental car and have twelve days before flying from Brisbane to Sydney. After some beautiful days there then on to New Zealand where high mountains, deep fjords, volcanoes and glaciers are waiting to be explored. You have a full twenty-one day road trip before ending your trip with two days in Auckland ..
Day 1-2: Departure from Scandinavia
Travel from Scandinavia to Australia. Due to the time difference, you will not arrive in Cairns until day three.
Day 3: Arrival in Cairns
Arrival in Cairns. You take yourself to your centrally located hotel, where you will spend your first two nights.
Day 4-5: On a voyage of discovery in Cairns
The days are yours to do what you want with. You may choose to go on a day trip to the world’s largest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef, or you may take a trip north to Cape Tribulation, where you will find one of the world’s oldest rainforests.
Day 6–16: On an adventure between Cairns and Brisbane
The next twelve days are marked by freedom. In a rented car, drive south towards Brisbane. It is 1,700 km from Cairns to Brisbane. The entire coast offers cities, national parks and beautiful beaches, but remember to also make some detours into the country from time to time. You should treat yourself to a boat trip among the 74 Whitsunday Islands and the world’s largest sandy island, Fraser Island, is also worth a visit.
Day 17: Delivery of car and flight to Sydney
After leaving your car in Brisbane, go to the airport and fly to Sydney. You will take yourself to your centrally located hotel in Sydney, where you will spend three nights.
Day 18-19: On a voyage of discovery in Sydney
You have the next few days to explore Sydney on your own. Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and Australia’s largest city. More than four million people live here, and seeing the city is an enchanting and amazing experience. The Opera House is of course a great experience for most people who visit Sydney and is hard to miss. Go on a guided tour and learn about how this architectural miracle was built. In the same area is Harbor Bridge. Here is a small museum where you can learn more about the construction of the bridge. You can also go up the 200 steps to the top and look out over the city. The adventurous can also climb the bridge. Next to the Opera House is the Royal Botanic Garden, where eager exercisers run or cycle all day long. Feel free to bring a picnic and have lunch in the shade of a tree overlooking the harbor, the opera house and the bridge. It’s absolutely amazing.
Day 20-39: Fly from Sydney to Christchurch and pick up your mini car
From Sydney you fly to Christchurch in New Zealand, where you pick up your mini car. New Zealand is a true gold mine full of unique nature experiences and with your mini car you have the freedom to explore both the North and the South Island for the next 21 days. However, we can reveal some of our favorites:
- Hiking in Abel Tasman National Park
- Spend a few days in the world’s adrenaline center Queenstown
- Go on a boat trip on either Milford or Doubtful Sound
- Stop and take pictures at the turquoise Lake Tekapo and the beautiful little church Church of The Good Shepherd
- Hiking at Tongariro National Park
- Paddle sea kayaking on the Coromandel Peninsula
Day 40: Leave your mini car in Auckland
You leave your mini car in Auckland and then go to the hotel in the city center.
Day 41: On a voyage of discovery in Auckland
The day is free to explore Auckland. The city is also called the “City of Sails” because of the many boats that are always in the city’s marina. It is a modern city with everything you could wish for in terms of restaurants, cafes and not least good shopping opportunities. Auckland has a relatively small center, where Queen St forms the backbone. Most large chain stores, as well as well-known brand stores, are located along this street. You can go up in Skytower for a beautiful panoramic view of the city.
Day 42: Departure from New Zealand
If you want, you can make a stop on the way home. How about a little shopping and seeing the tallest building in the world in Dubai?
Day 43: Arrival in Scandinavia
Eight nights in a hotel / hostel
Thirty-nine nights in a motorhome