28 days in Melbourne, Sydney & New Zealand Itinerary

28 days in Melbourne, Sydney & New Zealand Itinerary

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28 days in Melbourne, Sydney & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Santiago, Chile
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Sydney, Australia
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Auckland, New Zealand
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h
4
Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  11 h
5
Taupo, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 30 min
6
Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Picton, New Zealand
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
8
Nelson, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
9
Greymouth, New Zealand
— Few hours
Drive:  5 h
10
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
11
Queenstown, New Zealand
— Few hours
Bus:  2 h 30 min
12
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Bus:  4 h 30 min
13
Queenstown, New Zealand
— Few hours
Fly:  1 h 30 min
14
Auckland, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Santiago, Chile

3
nights
Melbourne, Australia

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: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip maker tool .

Santiago, Chile to Melbourne is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Melbourne is 14 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Wed) before leaving for Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Parks Museums
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

7
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.
Step out of Sydney with an excursion to Wentworth Falls in Wentworth Falls--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sydney journey builder website .

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in February, with lows around 23°C. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Auckland.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Wentworth Falls
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

few
hours
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.
To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sydney to Auckland by flight takes about 7 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in February, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. You'll set off for Wellington on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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2
nights
Paihia, New Zealand

Paihia ©
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.
For reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paihia road trip planning site .

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

1
night
Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 15th (Sat), see the world from above with a helicopter tour, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, hike along Huka Falls Walkway, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, and finally stop by Huka Honey Hive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To find traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Taupo trip planner.

Fly from Paihia to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington
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.
Discover how to plan a Wellington trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In February, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Picton, New Zealand

Picton
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Picton road trip planning website .

Drive from Wellington to Picton in 3.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Picton are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 17th (Mon), you're off to Nelson.

Things to do in Picton

Tours Outdoors Parks
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3
nights
Nelson, New Zealand

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Queen's Gardens and then hike along Abel Tasman Coast Track.

Plan a Nelson trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Picton to Nelson takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Greymouth.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Abel Tasman Coast Track, Kaiteriteri Beach
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Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Centre of New Zealand ©
Centre of New Zealand

few
hours
Greymouth, New Zealand

Greymouth
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Greymouth trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Nelson to Greymouth takes 4 hours. You will leave for Christchurch on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Greymouth

Outdoors Parks Tours
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1
night
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip builder.

You can drive from Greymouth to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Parks
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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.
To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Queenstown tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 21st (Fri), you'll travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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3
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau ©
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.
For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau travel route planning website .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Mon) before leaving for Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bowen Falls
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Bowen Falls ©
Bowen Falls

few
hours
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
On the 24th (Mon), get your game on at Fear Factory Queenstown.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown day trip tool .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games
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Fear Factory Queenstown ©
Fear Factory Queenstown

4
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland
See some other sides of Auckland: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island.

To find maps, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Queenstown to Auckland by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. On the 28th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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Highlights from your plan
Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

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