22 days in New Zealand, Adelaide & Melbourne Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand, Adelaide & Melbourne Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Whakapapa, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
5
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
6
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  12 h 15 min
7
Adelaide, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Colombo, Sri Lanka

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, then enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheltenham Beach. On the next day, contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island, make a trip to SkyTower, and then kick back and relax at Piha Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip maker app.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Auckland is an approximately 19.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Colombo to Auckland, you'll lose 6.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Colombo in February, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, Piha Beach
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 25:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

2
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Papamoa Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

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Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Auckland in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rotorua, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Papamoa Beach
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:
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Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
Whakapapa, New Zealand

Whakapapa ©
The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Tongariro National Trout Centre and then hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Ohakune Old Coach Road and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Whakapapa trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Turangi, Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Cuba Street, then stroll through Oriental Bay, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Whakapapa to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Neighborhoods Museums Beaches
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Cuba Street ©
Cuba Street

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): learn about winemaking at Pegasus Bay Winery, have some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts, don't miss a visit to Cardboard Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Diminish and Ascend.

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Fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Christchurch. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Wineries Outdoors
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Pegasus Bay Winery ©
Pegasus Bay Winery

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and Burkes Pass Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Hooker Valley Track and Glencoe Walk will get you outdoors. Explore Mt. Cook Village's surroundings by going to Gem Alpaca Stud (in Fairlie), Kea Point Track (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)) and Lake Tekapo (The Church of the Good Shepherd & Off-Road Tours). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Governors Bush Walk, hike along Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, and kick back and relax at Caroline Bay Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village itinerary builder.

Getting from Christchurch to Mt. Cook Village by car takes about 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fairlie, Lake Tekapo, Caroline Bay Beach
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

3
nights
Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Get outdoors at Semaphore Beach and Seacliff Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Wine Centre of Australia and Art Gallery of South Australia. There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, meet the residents at Adelaide Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of South Australian Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Adelaide online attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Adelaide. You'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Mt. Cook Village to Adelaide due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Adelaide can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Semaphore Beach
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 10:
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Adelaide Zoo ©
Adelaide Zoo
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to St. Kilda Beach and Balloon Rides. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Koala Conservation Centre in Cowes--about 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Melbourne Zoo, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the interesting displays at Australian Sports Museum, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Melbourne road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Adelaide to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Adelaide to Melbourne, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In March in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, Koala Conservation Centre
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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