16 days in Australia, New Zealand & Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Australia, New Zealand & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Australia, New Zealand & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Coimbatore, India
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Auckland Central, New Zealand
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
+3
Fly + foot + bus + train:  22​h
4
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
+3
train + bus + foot + Fly:  15​h 15​min
5
Melbourne, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
8
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Coimbatore, India

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Auckland Central, New Zealand

Auckland Central ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): look for gifts at Pauanesia and then don't miss a visit to Sky Tower.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Auckland Central trip planning app .

Coimbatore, India to Auckland Central is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Coimbatore to Auckland Central. Traveling from Coimbatore in November, you will find days in Auckland Central are cooler (20°C), and nights are little chillier (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland Central

Shopping
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Pauanesia ©
Pauanesia
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, trot along with a tour on horseback, then take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and finally take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua sightseeing planning site .

Getting from Auckland Central to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland Central in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Rotorua. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors
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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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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 19th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Wellington online journey maker .

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Rotorua in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Wellington, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

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Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): make a trip to Degaldoruwa Temple and then look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kandy trip planner .

Getting from Wellington to Kandy by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 22 hours. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Wellington to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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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 22nd (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fitzroy Gardens.

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Getting from Kandy to Melbourne by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 15.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 4 hour difference. In November, daily temperatures in Melbourne can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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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 24th (Sat), wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at The Royal Botanic Garden and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sydney tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in November, Sydney is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Royal Botanic Garden ©
The Royal Botanic Garden

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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 26th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. On the next day, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, then stop by The Barn, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Discover how to plan a Queenstown trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Queenstown takes 6 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
For quintessential Outback scenery and culture, you can't beat a holiday in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a World Heritage Site.
On the 28th (Wed), hike along Uluru Hiking Path, hike along Kuniya Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uluru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, then get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta, and finally head outdoors with Walpa Gorge.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park due to the time zone difference. November in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uluru ©
Uluru
Kata Tjuta ©
Kata Tjuta
Mutitjulu Waterhole ©
Mutitjulu Waterhole

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