17 days in New Zealand, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

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17 days in New Zealand, Sydney & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Guangzhou, China
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Clifton, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
6
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
7
Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
8
Sydney, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Guangzhou, China

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk, then hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and then see a show at Sydney Opera House. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, then kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Camp Cove.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip builder website .

Guangzhou, China to Sydney is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Guangzhou to Sydney due to the time zone difference. In December, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Guangzhou - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chard Farm Winery and Mt Rosa Wines. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parasailing & Paragliding and Stoneridge Estate & Bald Hills Cellar Door. Change things up with a short trip to Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Wanaka (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get interesting insight from Tours, savor a hot drink at Vesta Design Boutique, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Queenstown trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Sydney to Queenstown by flight takes about 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Wanaka
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Christchurch, New Zealand

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then take a stroll through Port Hills.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch road trip planning tool .

Fly from Queenstown to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Christchurch are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Cardboard Cathedral ©
Cardboard Cathedral

1
night
Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington ©
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, learn about all things military at National War Memorial, and then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. December in Wellington sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Historic Sites Transportation
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
nights
Clifton, New Zealand

Clifton ©
Cape Kidnappers Golf Course has been added to your itinerary. On the 10th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Cape Kidnappers and then play a few rounds at Cape Kidnappers Golf Course. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Gannet Colony.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Clifton day trip planning app .

You can drive from Wellington to Clifton in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Clifton

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Kidnappers, Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Cape Kidnappers ©
Cape Kidnappers
Gannet Colony ©
Gannet Colony

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nights
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 12th (Thu), explore the landscape on two wheels at Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway, kick back and relax at Orewa Beach, and then take an in-depth tour of Bohemian Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Auckland War Memorial Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Kiwa Art, then admire the masterpieces at McCahon House Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Plan my day in Auckland using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Clifton to Auckland. December in Auckland sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Orewa, Kiwa Art, Bohemian Museum, McCahon House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

2
nights
Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at D'Aguilar National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Noosa Chocolate Factory and then contemplate the long history of Caboolture Historical Village.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane online travel route planner .

You can fly from Auckland to Brisbane in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Brisbane is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Brisbane: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Caboolture Historical Village
Highlights from your plan
D'Aguilar National Park ©
D'Aguilar National Park
Caboolture Historical Village ©
Caboolture Historical Village
Noosa Chocolate Factory ©
Noosa Chocolate Factory

1
night
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
On the 16th (Mon), stroll through Bronte Beach and then brush up on your military savvy at Anzac Memorial.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney sightseeing app .

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bronte Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Anzac Memorial ©
Anzac Memorial

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