australia and new zealand

After a somewhat long absence on this blog, I return with my recap of Australia and New Zealand! I was there for 21 days on vacation. In short, I had a phenomenal time and I would recommend both countries to anyone even remotely interested in visiting. Check out my itinerary below for ideas and recommendations. If you have other suggestions in the two countries, please comment below.

I’m also compiling a series of videos I took on our trip into a travel diary of the places I visited in Australia and New Zealand. You can see them all on my YouTube channel.


Day 1 – Travel day!

Day 2 – Sydney

Day 3 – Sydney

Day 4 – Cairns

  • Morning flight from Sydney to Cairns!
  • After checking into the hotel, took a car to Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Paid for a roundtrip Skyrail tour
    • Red Peak
    • Barron Falls
    • Kuranda Village
  • Took a car to the marina and central shopping area to walk around and explore
  • Had a drink and bite to eat at Hemingway’s Brewery
  • Walked through the Night Market and over to the Esplanade to sit and relax

Day 5 – Cairns and Sydney

Day 6 – Sydney

  • Morning coffee and brekkie (the udon with bacon dashi, onsen egg, and pork crackling and the Japanese souffle pancake with pistachio cream and elderflower poached rhubarb and raspberry crumb!) at Edition Coffee Roasters
  • Hopped on the B rail to walk around the University of Sydney
  • Over to the Anzac Memorial for some history lessons
  • Walked through Hyde Park
  • Late lunch at Mr. Wong
  • The not-so-guilty pleasure of matcha ice cream at Matcha-Ya
Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden
Bondi Icebergs Club
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Bondi to Coogee
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Bondi to Coogee coastal walk
University of Sydney
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ANZAC Memorial
Hyde Park in Sydney
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Darling Harbour
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Kuranda in Cairns
Cairns Esplanade


Day 7 – Christchurch

Day 8 – Kaikoura

Day 9 – Kaikoura

Day 10 – Kaikoura/Christchurch

Day 11 – Christchurch/Queenstown

Christchurch Botanic Gardens
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Pegasus Bay Winery
Fur seal along Kaikoura Peninsula Walk

Day 12 – Queenstown

Day 13 – Central Otago/Wanaka

Day 14 – Milford Sound

Day 15 – Milford Sound

Day 16 – Milford Sound/Queenstown

  • Drove from Milford Sound to Queenstown
  • Dinner at Tanoshi

Day 17 – Glenorchy

  • Drove to Glenorchy and walked around
  • Evening flight to Melbourne
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Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown
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Central Otago
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Milford Sound
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Kayaking on Milford Sound
Milford Sound
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Milford Sound Lodge

AUSTRALIA (again!)

Day 18 – Melbourne

Day 19 – Melbourne

Day 20 – Melbourne

Day 21 – Travel back home

State Library of Victoria
Street art in Melbourne
Kangaroo at Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Zoo

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