57 days in Australia, Auckland & Christchurch Itinerary

57 days in Australia, Auckland & Christchurch Itinerary

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57 days in Australia, Auckland & Christchurch Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt, Germany
Fly:  28​h
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 9 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Melbourne, Australia
— 9 nights
4
Adelaide, Australia
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cairns, Australia
— 9 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Sydney, Australia
— 10 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Frankfurt, Germany

7
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Step out of Auckland with an excursion to Connells Bay Sculpture Park in Waiheke Island--about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Sky Tower, head off the coast to Waiheke Island, meet the residents at Auckland Zoo, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Auckland is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 11 hours. Traveling from Frankfurt in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Connells Bay Sculpture Park, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 16:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum

9
nights
Christchurch, New Zealand

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get out of town with these interesting Christchurch side-trips: Little River Gallery (in Little River), Charles Upham VC Statue (in Amberley) and Akaroa (Kayaking & Canoeing, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train, and see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch road trip tool .

Fly from Auckland to Christchurch in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Auckland in October, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Akaroa, Charles Upham VC Statue, Ohinetahi Garden, Waipara Springs Winery, Little River Gallery
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 25:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

9
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Change things up with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, admire the striking features of Shrine of Remembrance, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Christchurch in October, expect nights in Melbourne to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
Find places to stay Oct 25 — Nov 3:
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

9
nights
Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Adelaide: Langmeil Winery (in Tanunda), The Cedars (in Hahndorf) and Greenock (Kalleske Wines & Murray Street Vineyards). And it doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Adelaide Zoo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Adelaide online route builder .

Fly from Melbourne to Adelaide in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. November in Adelaide sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Adelaide

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

McLaren Vale, Greenock, Tscharke's Place, Historic Ketch Falie, The Cedars
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 12:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Kalleske Wines ©
Kalleske Wines
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum

9
nights
Cairns, Australia

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Venture out of the city with trips to Port Douglas (Safaris, Four Mile Beach, & more) and Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Palm Cove Beach, & more). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy some diversion at Muddy's Playground, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Cairns road trip planner.

Getting from Adelaide to Cairns by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in November; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Mossman Gorge Centre, Earl Hill
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

10
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Leura (Everglades Historic House and Gardens & Gordon Falls Lookout), Katoomba (Blue Mountains, The Three Sisters, & more) and Gallery Blackheath (in Blackheath). The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, take a stroll through The Rocks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in November, things will get a bit cooler in Sydney: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Katoomba, Leura, Gallery Blackheath
Find places to stay Nov 21 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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