22 days in New Zealand, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand, Gold Coast & Sydney Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  25 h
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Gold Coast, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Medina, Saudi Arabia

3
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to SkyTower, examine the collection at New Zealand Maritime Museum, enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Auckland day trip planning app.

Medina, Saudi Arabia to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Medina to Auckland, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Medina in December, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Huka Honey Hive, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, hike along Lake Okareka Walkway, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and explore the activities along Lake Tarawera's Hot Water Beach.

Plan my day in Rotorua using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Auckland, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Rotorua, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

4
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Sound (in Te Anau) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). There's much more to do: trek along Hollyford Track, get interesting insight from Tours, get your game on at Dark Ride, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown day trip planning website.

You can fly from Rotorua to Queenstown in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hollyford Track, Milford Sound, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Gold Coast side-trips: Brisbane (Psychic Twin Featherz, South Bank Parklands, &more) and Watersports Guru (in Kingscliff). There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park, find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and kick back and relax at Surfers Paradise Beach.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gold Coast trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Gold Coast takes 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Gold Coast are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Brisbane, Watersports Guru
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
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Watersports Guru ©
Watersports Guru
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

5
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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Gold Coast to Sydney in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Sydney sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. You will leave for home on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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