17 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Gold Coast, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
4
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
5
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
6
Kaikoura, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h
7
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
8
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 day
Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
On the 21st (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck. Here are some ideas for day two: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

If you are flying in from Poland, the closest major aiport is Melbourne International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Melbourne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
Cairns, Australia

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Trinity Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cairns day trip planner.

Getting from Melbourne to Cairns by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Trinity Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

1
night
Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
On the 24th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck and then stroll through Surfers Paradise Beach. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Pelican Feeding, thenget in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast route builder website.

Fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Gold Coast reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World

1
night
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 26th (Thu), make a trip to Cardboard Cathedral and then enjoy the views from TranzAlpine Train.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch online holiday planner.

You can fly from Gold Coast to Christchurch in 7 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Gold Coast to Christchurch due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gold Coast in December, things will get little chillier in Christchurch: highs are around 24°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Cardboard Cathedral ©
Cardboard Cathedral

2
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, make a trip to Amokura Glass, explore and take pictures at Te Puia, thentake in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planner.

You can fly from Christchurch to Rotorua in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Christchurch in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rotorua, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
Kaikoura, New Zealand

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 29th (Sun), hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, thenmake a trip to Ohau Point Seal Colony, and then trek along Ohau Stream Walk.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kaikoura online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Kaikoura takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Point Seal Colony ©
Ohau Point Seal Colony
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk

2
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

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 30th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenpush the limits with an extreme tour, and finally get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown attractions app.

Traveling by flight from Kaikoura to Queenstown takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Zipline

1
day
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
On the 31st (Tue), wander the streets of Devonport, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, thenlearn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Auckland takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Devonport ©
Devonport
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

5
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.
Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Wentworth Falls in Wentworth Falls--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Manly Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sydney vacation builder tool.

Getting from Auckland to Sydney by flight takes about 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Sydney. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in December: highs in Sydney hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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