60 days in Sydney, New Zealand & Melbourne Itinerary

60 days in Sydney, New Zealand & Melbourne Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 7 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 7 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 11 nights
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Sydney, Australia

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stop by Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, then get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. On your second day here, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in the pleasant sights at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and finally stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney vacation planning app.

Canberra to Sydney is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Paihia.

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Paihia, New Zealand

— 5 nights
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi) and Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Phantom Sailing). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Waitangi Mountain Bike Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Paihia in 8.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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Auckland, New Zealand

— 2 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.
On the 10th (Sun), brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

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Fly from Paihia to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Tours
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the 12th (Tue), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then get outside with Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and then trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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Rotorua, New Zealand

— 5 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Step out of Rotorua to go to Hinuera and see Hobbiton Movie Set, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

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Taupo, New Zealand

— 5 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Taupo journey planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 26th (Tue), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Spend the 24th (Sun) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Northern Circuit, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, and trek along Silica Rapids Track.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park vacation maker tool.

You can take a shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Wellington, New Zealand

— 7 nights

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wellington: Paraparaumu (Southward Car Museum & Kapiti Island Nature Tours) and Marlborough Sounds (in Picton). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, head off the coast to Kapiti Island, and admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Wellington trip site.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. April in Wellington sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can fly to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

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Explore Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)'s surroundings by going to Spas (in Franz Josef) and Fox Glacier (Lake Matheson Walk, Helicopter Tours, &more).

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

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Te Anau, New Zealand

— 7 nights
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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound--about 1 hour away. Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 16th (Mon), hike the day away at Kepler Track. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gertrude Saddle, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Queenstown, New Zealand

— 11 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Wanaka (Lake Wanaka, Mount Aspiring National Park, &more), Millbrook Resort Golf Course (in Arrowtown) and Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room (in Cromwell). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ben Lomond Track.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary website.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

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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.
Dedicate the 28th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Queenstown to Melbourne by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites
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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.