34 days in New Zealand, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

34 days in New Zealand, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 10 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Hamilton, New Zealand
— 8 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Sydney, Australia — 10 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and The Rocks Discovery Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sydney Jewish Museum and Anzac Memorial. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Wollongong to see Wollongong Head Lighthouse about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 30th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: trek along Manly Scenic Walkway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and kick back and relax at Bondi Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, things will get slightly colder in Sydney: highs are around 66°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne, Australia — 5 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at St Paul's Cathedral and Immigration Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at William Ricketts Sanctuary and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Spend the 4th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, contemplate the long history of Parliament House of Victoria, get engrossed in the history at Old Treasury Building, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 63°F and lows are around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Auckland.
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Auckland, New Zealand — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): learn about all things military at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Eden Garden, and then get impressive views of Mount Eden. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate the long history of Howick Historical Village, and then wander the streets of Parnell.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip builder.

Fly from Melbourne to Auckland in 7 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Auckland due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hamilton.
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Hamilton, New Zealand — 8 nights

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Get a sense of the local culture at Classics Museum and Sapper Horace Moore-Jones commemorative statue. Get outdoors at Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and Ruakuri Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Hamilton: Marshalls Animal Park (in Tauranga), Waitomo Caves (Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, &more) and Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park (in Otorohanga). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Raglan Rock, stroll around Hamilton Lake Domain, get curious at Te Awamutu Space Centre, and admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hamilton journey maker website.

You can drive from Auckland to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Taupo.
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Taupo, New Zealand — 2 nights

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On your second day here, explore the landscape on two wheels at Great Lake Trail, then kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve.

To see ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Hamilton to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Auckland.
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Auckland, New Zealand — 4 nights

Take a break from the city and head to Hauraki Gulf and Muriwai Gannet Colony. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stardome Observatory & Planetarium and Climbing Tours. When in Auckland, make a side trip to see Muriwai Beach Horse Treks in Muriwai Beach, approximately Muriwai Beach away. Explore Auckland further: examine the collection at Auckland Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Coast-to-Coast Walkway, and kick back and relax at Takapuna Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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