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:  12​h 45​min
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Auckland, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 7 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​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.
Appreciate the collections at Shrine of Remembrance and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Relax by the water at St. Kilda Beach and Cape Woolamai Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Ventnor (Kitty Miller Bay, Ventnor Beach, & more) and Cowes Beach (in Cowes). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, stroll through Half Moon Bay, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, and kick back and relax at Sandridge Beach.

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

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Melbourne is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Colombo to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Colombo in March, plan for slightly colder days in Melbourne, with highs around 30°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ventnor, Phillip Island, St. Kilda Beach, Cowes Beach, Moon Dog Craft Brewery
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Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Rocks and Justice & Police Museum. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, listen to music at Sydney Opera House, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sydney tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sydney, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour
The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

6
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.
Visit Whangapoua Beach and Matarangi 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), Piha Beach (in Piha) and The Lost Spring (in Whitianga). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Ponsonby, 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

Cheltenham Beach, Whangapoua Beach, Matarangi Beach, Stockade Hill, Orewa Beach
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Whangapoua Beach ©
Whangapoua Beach

7
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum and Artbay Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Peregrine Wines and Hetties Rock & Crystal Shop. Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Te Anau (Milford Sound, Lake Te Anau, & more) and Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory (in Milford Sound). Fill the 8th (Mon) with unforgettable perspectives with a canyoning and rapelling tour. And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, do a tasting at Gibbston Valley Wines, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Garden, and don't miss a visit to St Peter's Anglican Church.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Te Anau, Arrowtown, Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 8:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Spas & Wellness

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