15 days in South Pacific & New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in South Pacific & New Zealand Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
2
Paihia, New Zealand
— 1 night
3
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 1 night
4
Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
5
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 1 night
6
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 3 nights
7
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, hunt for treasures at Sydney Fish Market, thensnap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally stop by Darling Harbour. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, thenstroll through Bondi Beach, and then stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip builder site.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Sydney is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 7 hours. In March in Sydney, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia online itinerary planner.

Getting from Sydney to Paihia by flight takes about 8 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, thentake in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Rotorua are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Horseback Riding Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours, thenmake a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, thenfind something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Taupo online tour builder.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Maori Rock Carvings ©
Maori Rock Carvings

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, thentake a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Queenstown day trip website.

Getting from Taupo to Queenstown by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound, about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip itinerary planning site.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bowen Falls
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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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 14th (Sun), examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, thentake in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip planner.

You can fly from Te Anau to Melbourne in 10 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums

Side Trip

Jewish Holocaust Centre
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

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