17 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific travel planner

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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
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Sydney, Australia

— 4 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Sydney Opera House and Bondi to Coogee Walk will thrill your kids. Step out of Sydney to go to Manly and see Shelly Beach, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden of Friendship, and take in the pleasant sights at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Sydney day trip site.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in November: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Sydney

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:

Auckland, New Zealand

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum, then examine the collection at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Auckland journey builder app.

Getting from Sydney to Auckland by flight takes about 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Auckland. Traveling from Sydney in November, you will find days in Auckland are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 1:

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 3 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Te Puia. Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Huka Honey Hive & Huka Falls Walkway). There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hollyford Track and Spas. Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read Queenstown travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Queenstown takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

Melbourne, Australia

— 4 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Werribee Open Range Zoo and Shrine of Remembrance. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne is minus 2 hours. December in Melbourne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:

Australia travel guide

4.7
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.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.