12 days in Sydney, New Zealand & Gold Coast Itinerary

12 days in Sydney, New Zealand & Gold Coast Itinerary

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12 days in Sydney, New Zealand & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
— 1 day
Fly:  8​h
2
Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  7​h 45​min
4
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Gold Coast, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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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.
On the 15th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and finally take a stroll through The Rocks.

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If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Sydney

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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

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Paihia, New Zealand

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, then admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Paihia in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Paihia. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Ridge Track (in Whakapapa) and Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Lady Knox Geyser, &more). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, stop by Huka Honey Hive, take a memorable tour with Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls Walkway.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Taupo tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Paihia to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Rotorua, Ridge Track, Tongariro Alpine Crossing
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford to see Milford Foreshore Walk about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, hike along Hollyford Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Te Anau day trip planning app .

Getting from Taupo to Te Anau by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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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.
On the 24th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, then steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): don't miss a visit to William Gilbert Rees Statue, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, then kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, tour the pleasant surroundings at Surfers Paradise Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Infinity Attraction.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gold Coast online vacation builder .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Gold Coast takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Gold Coast. In January, daily temperatures in Gold Coast can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Infinity Attraction ©
Infinity Attraction

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