24 days in Bondi & New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in Bondi & New Zealand Itinerary

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24 days in Bondi & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Bondi, Australia
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
2
Whitianga, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Napier, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Wellington, New Zealand
— 4 nights
ferry + Drive:  5​h
6
Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 15​min
8
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
9
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Wellington, New Zealand

3
nights
Bondi, Australia

Bondi ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bronte Beach and Balmoral Beach, Mosman. Historical Aircraft Restoration Society and Breakwater Battery Military Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bondi: Crooked River Winery & Cellar Door (in Gerringong) and Caves Beach (in Swansea).

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bondi online trip itinerary planner .

Wellington, New Zealand to Bondi is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Wellington in December, things will get a bit warmer in Bondi: highs are around 31°C and lows about 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for Whitianga.

Things to do in Bondi

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bronte Beach, Caves Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Breakwater Battery Military Museum, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society
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Historical Aircraft Restoration Society ©
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

3
nights
Whitianga, New Zealand

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Get in touch with nature at Hot Water Beach and Hahei Beach Walk. Do some cultural sightseeing at Purangi Estate Limited and Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga. Take a break from Whitianga with a short trip to Whangamata Beach in Whangamata, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Lost Spring, identify plant and animal life at Stu's Wild Pig Farm, go for a walk through Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, and do a tasting at Mercury Bay Estate.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Whitianga road trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bondi to Whitianga. The time zone difference when traveling from Bondi to Whitianga is 2 hours. Traveling from Bondi in December, things will get a bit cooler in Whitianga: highs are around 24°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Whangamata Beach, Hahei Beach Walk, Hot Water Beach
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk

2
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): get curious at Volcanic Activity Centre, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Taupo Museum, take in the natural beauty of Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Taupo visit planner .

You can drive from Whitianga to Taupo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Napier, New Zealand

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 22nd (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout, learn about winemaking at Moana Park Winery, then learn about winemaking at Church Road Winery Cellar Door & Restaurant, then learn about winemaking at Mission Estate Winery, and finally don't miss a visit to Marine Parade. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Elephant Hill Estate Winery, then do a tasting at Craggy Range, then take in the awesome beauty at Te Mata Peak, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at National Aquarium of New Zealand.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Napier trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Taupo to Napier by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hastings, Elephant Hill Estate Winery
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Mission Estate Winery ©
Mission Estate Winery
Te Mata Peak ©
Te Mata Peak
Elephant Hill Estate Winery ©
Elephant Hill Estate Winery

4
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Cuba Street. Visiting Queen Charlotte Track and Oriental Bay will get you outdoors. Take a break from Wellington with a short trip to Marlborough Sounds in Picton, about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, and admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

Start your trip to Wellington by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Napier to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Wellington, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Picton, Wellington Botanic Garden, Hapuka Estuary Walk
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Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

2
nights
Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

Hanmer Springs ©
Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
On the 28th (Mon), get outside with Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Majuba Gallery, then take in the natural beauty of Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, and finally don't miss a visit to Queen Mary Hospital. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Conical Hill, then take a peaceful walk through Hanmer Forest, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hanmer Springs Animal Park.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hanmer Springs trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Wellington to Hanmer Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre ©
Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa ©
Hanmer Forest ©
Hanmer Forest

2
nights
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
On the 30th (Wed), get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, then explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Gem Alpaca Stud, then pause for some photo ops at Mackenzie Sheep Dog Statue, then enjoy breathtaking views from Mount John University Observatory, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lake Tekapo journey planner .

Getting from Hanmer Springs to Lake Tekapo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aoraki/Mt. Cook, Gem Alpaca Stud
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Lake Tekapo to Te Anau takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

3
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Peregrine Wines and Chard Farm Winery. Visiting Speed Boats Tours and Zipline will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Queenstown road trip website .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Speed Boats Tours
Zipline
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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