24 days in Bondi & New Zealand Itinerary

24 days in Bondi & New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Bus + Fly:  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
Bus + 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 ©
Visit Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Caves Beach for some beach relaxation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historical Aircraft Restoration Society and Crooked River Winery & Cellar Door. Take a break from Bondi with a short trip to Breakwater Battery Military Museum in Wollongong, about 1h 25 min away.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bondi road trip planning website.

Wellington, New Zealand to Bondi is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Wellington to Bondi, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Wellington in December: high temperatures in Bondi hover around 31°C and lows are around 21°C. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Whitianga.

Things to do in Bondi

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Caves Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bronte Beach, Breakwater Battery Military Museum, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society
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Historical Aircraft Restoration Society ©
Historical Aircraft Restoration Society
Caves Beach ©
Caves 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. Purangi Estate Limited and Mercury Bay Estate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Hot Water Beach and Hahei Beach Walk will get you outdoors. Step out of Whitianga with an excursion to Whangamata Beach in Whangamata--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The Lost Spring, admire all the interesting features of Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, identify plant and animal life at Stu's Wild Pig Farm, and see the interesting displays at Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Whitianga planner.

Explore your travel options from Bondi to Whitianga with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bondi in December; daily highs in Whitianga reach 24°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hahei Beach Walk, Whangamata Beach, 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.
On the 20th (Sun), take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kinloch Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Taupo Museum, then cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Taupo trip planning app.

Drive from Whitianga to Taupo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get great views at 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 make a trip to Marine Parade. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Elephant Hill, then learn about winemaking 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, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Napier day trip tool.

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

Things to do in Napier

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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.
Get in touch with nature at Queen Charlotte Track and ZEALANDIA Sanctuary. Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Cuba Street. Change things up with a short trip to Marlborough Sounds in Picton (about 1h 50 min away). There's much more to do: take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk, take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, and admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Wellington road trip planning tool.

Do a combination of bus and flight 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 up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Picton, Hapuka Estuary Walk, Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): head outdoors with Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre, view the masterpieces at Majuba Gallery, then relax and rejuvenate at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, and finally contemplate the long history of Queen Mary Hospital. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Conical Hill, take a peaceful walk through Hanmer Forest, and then identify plant and animal life at Hanmer Springs Animal Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hanmer Springs road trip planning app.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car 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 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, explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Gem Alpaca Stud, pause for some photo ops at Mackenzie Sheep Dog Statue, then take in the pleasant sights at Mount John University Observatory, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake Tekapo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hanmer Springs to Lake Tekapo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aoraki/Mt. Cook, Gem Alpaca Stud
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Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
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): contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Lake Tekapo to Te Anau in 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Peregrine Wines and Bald Hills Pop Up Cellar Door. Take a break from the city and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Speed Boats Tours. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip website.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Zipline
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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