12 days in Melbourne, Sydney & New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in Melbourne, Sydney & New Zealand Itinerary

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1
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
2
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
3
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
4
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights

2
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, and then admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, thentake in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne vacation maker site.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Melbourne is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Jakarta to Melbourne. When traveling from Jakarta in December, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip builder website.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: stroll through Hollyford Track, hike along The Chasm Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau holiday planning website.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Te Anau takes 9.5 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Te Anau due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, thenhave some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): race across the water with a speed boat tour, thenget the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Queenstown, use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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