29 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

29 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Dunedin, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
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Hobart, Australia
— 2 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
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Auckland, New Zealand

City of Sails

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 8th (Mon), get impressive views of One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie), then step off the mainland to explore Rangitoto Island, then head off the coast to Waiheke Island, and finally look for gifts at Pauanesia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland sightseeing planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Auckland. Traveling from Amsterdam in March, you will find days in Auckland are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are much warmer (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

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Rotorua, New Zealand

Sulphur City

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eat Street and Mount Maunganui Base Track. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Government Gardens and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Summit Track & Mt Maunganui Main Beach) and Taupo (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Huka Falls Walkway). There's lots more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, hike along Blue Lake Track, witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, and identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Rotorua, with highs around 26°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Taranaki Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mounds Walk, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then hike along Rotopounamu Track, and finally hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Adventure

Side Trip

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Wellington, New Zealand

Harbour Capital

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.
On the 15th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Oriental Bay, see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, then learn about all things military at National War Memorial, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, steep yourself in history at Old St Paul's, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, and finally catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip maker site.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Christchurch, New Zealand

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Quake City and Riccarton House & Bush. Get some cultural insight at Cardboard Cathedral and International Antarctic Centre. Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Akaroa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & The Giants House). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Air Force Museum of New Zealand, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, walk around Hagley Park, and don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Christchurch holiday planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Christchurch. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Dunedin, New Zealand

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
On the 20th (Sat), trek along Tunnel Beach Track, take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden, don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, then see the sky in a new way at Otago Museum, then examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Speight’s Brewery. Keep things going the next day: tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, then step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, and then explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dunedin tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Dunedin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

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Te Anau, New Zealand

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, trek along The Chasm Walk, and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Dunedin to Te Anau takes 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Wanaka (Wanaka, Lake Wanaka, &more). There's lots more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, trek along Ben Lomond Track, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Queenstown route planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Sydney, Australia

The Harbour City

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 off the beaten path and head to St. Mary's Cathedral and Chinese Garden of Friendship. Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Sydney Opera House. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales, look and learn at Sydney Observatory, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Queenstown to Sydney by flight takes about 6 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In March, daytime highs in Sydney are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Hobart, Australia

Tasmania's Capital City

Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
On the 30th (Tue), learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Tasmania, examine the collection at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, then engage your brain at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and finally take in the waterfront at Constitution Dock. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Mount Nelson Lookout, steep yourself in history at Hobart Convict Penitentiary, identify plant and animal life at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, then examine the collection at Richmond Gaol, and finally take in the views from Richmond Bridge.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hobart trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Hobart in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in March, things will get a bit cooler in Hobart: highs are around 25°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Melbourne, Australia

Australia's Garden City

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 1st (Thu): steep yourself in history at St. Patrick's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, then pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, then wander the streets of Degraves Street, then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and finally get into the urban bustle at Federation Square.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Melbourne online travel route planner.

Getting from Hobart to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Hobart, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Melbourne, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.