30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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30 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Auckland, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Colombo, Sri Lanka

9
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Get some cultural insight at Shrine of Remembrance and Old Melbourne Gaol. Relax by the water at St. Kilda Beach and Cape Woolamai Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Quealy Winemakers (in Balnarring), Cowes Beach (in Cowes) and Ventnor (Kitty Miller Bay & Ventnor Beach). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne route planner .

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Melbourne is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Colombo to Melbourne, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Colombo in March, you will find days in Melbourne are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are cooler (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ventnor, Cowes Beach, St. Kilda Beach, Quealy Winemakers, Cape Woolamai Beach
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 20:
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Australian National Maritime Museum and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum. Get some cultural insight at The Rocks and Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sydney road trip planning tool .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Sydney. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Sydney

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 25:
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

6
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
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.
Visit Whangapoua Beach and Piha Beach for some beach relaxation. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity and Holy Trinity Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Stockade Hill (in Howick), The Lost Spring (in Whitianga) and Matarangi Beach (in Matarangi). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, steep yourself in history at Parnell, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheltenham Beach, and enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's.

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You can fly from Sydney to Auckland in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Sydney in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Stockade Hill, Piha Beach, Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity, Cheltenham Beach, The Lost Spring
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as St Peter's Anglican Church and One Mile Power House are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Peregrine Wines and Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Te Anau (Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum, Lake Te Anau, & more). There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the exciting artwork at Hetties Rock & Crystal Shop, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Garden, and explore the galleries of Artbay Gallery.

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Fly from Auckland to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Te Anau, Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, Little Paradise Dream Garden
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St Peter's Anglican Church ©
St Peter's Anglican Church
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

3
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Red Rock Beach and Eastern Beach Reserve. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to McCrae Beach in McCrae--about 1h 15 min away. Pamper yourself for a day on the 9th (Tue) at some of the top local wellness centers. See some other sides of Melbourne: try your luck at Crown Casino and enjoy breathtaking views from Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne travel planner .

Fly from Queenstown to Melbourne in 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Eastern Beach Reserve, McCrae Beach, Red Rock Beach
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 9:
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Spas & Wellness
McCrae Beach ©
McCrae Beach

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