30 days in New Zealand, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

30 days in New Zealand, Brisbane & Sydney Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Dunedin, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Napier, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Hamilton, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Brisbane, Australia
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
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Invercargill, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
— 2 nights

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Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then examine the collection at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally make a trip to SkyTower. On the next day, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, then get impressive views of Mount Eden, and then stroll through Cheltenham Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary tool.

Medellin, Colombia to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 17 hours. Traveling from Medellin in May, you will find days in Auckland are much colder (18°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature

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SkyTower
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Military Museum
Auckland Museum
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Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington day trip planner.

Getting from Auckland to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Auckland in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 12°C in Wellington. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 29th (Sat), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), get to know the resident critters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch vacation maker site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Christchurch, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Museums · Parks
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Observation Deck
Christchurch Gondola
4.4

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Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin ©

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, then view the masterpieces at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, then explore the historical opulence of Larnach Castle & Gardens, and finally admire the natural beauty at Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dunedin itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Christchurch to Dunedin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Wairere Falls (in Okauia), Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway, Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, steep yourself in history at Te Puia, and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Rotorua takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In June in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway
4.7

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Napier, New Zealand

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 5th (Sat), observe the fascinating underwater world at National Aquarium of New Zealand and then do a tasting at Elephant Hill. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Mata Peak, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then don't miss a visit to Marine Parade.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Napier online journey maker.

Getting from Rotorua to Napier by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hamilton.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings
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Mountain
Te Mata Peak
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Aquarium
National Aquarium of New Zealand
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Hamilton, New Zealand

Hamilton ©

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 7th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Hamilton Zoo, examine the collection at Waikato Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton trip maker tool.

Drive from Napier to Hamilton in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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Specialty Museum
Waikato Museum
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Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around South Bank Parklands, admire the natural beauty at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-Tha Summit Lookout, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brisbane attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Hamilton to Brisbane takes 9 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Hamilton to Brisbane is minus 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Brisbane are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Spas · Museums

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©

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.
Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Katoomba (Gallery One88 & The Three Sisters), Faulconbridge (Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum & Faulconbridge Cemetery) and Leura Post Office (in Leura). The adventure continues: take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Brisbane to Sydney by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brisbane in June, you will find days in Sydney are little chillier (21°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Invercargill.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Invercargill, New Zealand

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): let the kids burn off some steam at Dig This Invercargill, examine the collection at Bill Richardson Transport World, and then cool off at Splash Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): make a trip to Burt Munro Statue, then admire the masterpieces at Southland Museum and Art Gallery, and then examine the collection at Classic Motorcycle Mecca.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Invercargill online trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sydney to Invercargill. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Invercargill is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Theme Parks
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Palmerston North, New Zealand

Palmerston North ©
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Steps of Lindos, take in nature's colorful creations at Victoria Esplanade Gardens, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Your Essential Wellbeing, and finally stop by The Shearing Shed.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Palmerston North trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Invercargill to Palmerston North with the Route module. In June, daily temperatures in Palmerston North can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Parks · Spas · Shopping
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Gift & Specialty Shop
The Shearing Shed
4.5

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