22 days in Sydney, Melbourne & South Island Itinerary

22 days in Sydney, Melbourne & South Island Itinerary

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22 days in Sydney, Melbourne & South Island Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 30​min
5
Wanaka, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Punakaiki, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Los Angeles, United States

3
nights
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Sydney. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Los Angeles in November since evenings lows in Sydney dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, then see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, and then have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in November, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

1
night
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.
You've now added Glenorchy-Queenstown Road to your itinerary.

Planning Queenstown trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Fly from Melbourne to Queenstown in 6 hours. Traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Tue) before leaving for Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Scenic Drive Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road ©
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road

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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.
You've now added Mirror Lakes Walk to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): trek along Mirror Lakes Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): trek along The Chasm Walk, then explore the activities along Milford Sound, then hike along Lake Gunn, and finally explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

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

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

3
nights
Wanaka, New Zealand

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes That Wanaka Tree as well as Mount Aspiring National Park. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Aspiring National Park, then make a trip to That Wanaka Tree, and then explore the activities along Lake Wanaka. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Roys Peak Track and then trek along Hooker Valley Track.

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Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Wanaka takes 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Hooker Valley Track
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Roys Peak Track ©
Roys Peak Track

1
night
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
You've now added Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get answers to all your questions at Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre, then hike along Kea Point Track, then explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, and finally explore the activities along Lake Pukaki.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wanaka to Mt. Cook Village. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

3
nights
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Hokitika Gorge Walk has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Hokitika Gorge Walk. On your second day here, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier, and then explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip tool .

Getting from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier by car takes about 5.5 hours. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Punakaiki.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Hokitika Gorge Walk, Truman Track
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Helicopter Tours

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nights
Punakaiki, New Zealand

Punakaiki ©
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Punakaiki: Denniston Heritage Trust (in Denniston) and Westport (Cape Foulwind Walkway, Kawatiri River Trail, & more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, trek along Pororari River Track, and explore the striking landscape of Paparoa National Park.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Punakaiki travel website .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Punakaiki takes 3.5 hours. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Punakaiki

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Westport, Paparoa National Park
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 2:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Foulwind Walkway ©
Cape Foulwind Walkway
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
Paparoa National Park ©
Paparoa National Park

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