22 days in New Zealand, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Franz Josef, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights

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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Visiting Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and Timber Trail NZ will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Ruakuri Walk and Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm. Step out of Waitomo Caves with an excursion to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari in Pukeatua--about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and see the interesting displays at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves road trip website.

Montreal, Canada to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 17 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari ©
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Taupo, New Zealand

Taupo

Great Cloak of Tia

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 14th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Great Lake Trail, kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, then trek along Huka Falls Walkway, then fly like a bird with Big Sky Parasail, and finally stop by Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo attractions planning website.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Big Sky Parasail ©
Big Sky Parasail

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Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua ©

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.
On the 15th (Fri), push the limits with an extreme tour, identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, then zoom along the surf with Katoa Lake Rotorua, and finally do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua day trip planning app.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre ©
Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre
Katoa Lake Rotorua ©
Katoa Lake Rotorua
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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Kaikoura, New Zealand

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 17th (Sun), capture your vacation like a pro with Albatross Encounter, then explore the fascinating underground world of Maori Leap Cave, then have fun at The Emporium, and finally trek along Ohau Stream Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese, see Glenstrae Farm 4 Wheel Adventures, and then take an in-depth tour of Kaikoura Museum.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kaikoura vacation app.

Getting from Rotorua to Kaikoura by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk
Albatross Encounter ©
Albatross Encounter
Kaikoura Museum ©
Kaikoura Museum

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Franz Josef, New Zealand

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stroll through Tatare Tunnels Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre, stroll through Peters Pool Walk, then hike along Sentinel Rock Walk, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Franz Josef vacation site.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Franz Josef takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk
West Coast Wildlife Centre ©
West Coast Wildlife Centre
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Off-Road Tours and Moke Lake. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door and Brennan Wines. Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Heliview Flights in Cromwell, about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: trek along Ben Lomond Track, take a memorable drive along Crown Range Road, learn about winemaking at Mt Rosa Wines, and take in the exciting artwork at Queenstown Arts Centre.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Queenstown trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Franz Josef to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Fishing Charters & Tours
Off-Road Tours

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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, then look for all kinds of wild species at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, and then admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Capital City Trail, then examine the collection at Australian Sports Museum, and then learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Melbourne trip website.

Fly from Queenstown to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne ©
Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park ©
Distillery Tours

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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.
Sydney Opera House and The Rocks are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Balmoral Beach, Mosman and Bondi Beach. Dedicate the 29th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bronte Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clovelly Beach, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney travel site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Tamarama Beach ©
Tamarama Beach

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