27 days in New Zealand, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

27 days in New Zealand, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Melbourne, Australia

— 3 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.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and don't miss a visit to Block Arcade.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Melbourne is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 3 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in September; daily highs in Melbourne reach 63°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours
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Sydney, Australia

— 9 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Blue Mountains National Park (Lincoln's Rock, Pulpit Rock Lookout, &more), Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Leura (Everglades Historic House and Gardens & Leura Mall). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 71°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Sydney

Side Trips

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Auckland, New Zealand

— 5 nights

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, stroll around Auckland Domain, and explore and take pictures at Viaduct Harbour.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Sydney to Auckland in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in September: highs in Auckland hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

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Christchurch, New Zealand

— 4 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 21st (Tue), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, and see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Auckland in September since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Museums · Tours · Parks
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Dunedin, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dunedin: Oamaru (Moeraki Boulders Beach & Steampunk HQ). There's much more to do: engage your brain at Otago Museum, see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Dunedin trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Dunedin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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New Zealand travel guide

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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.