43 days in New Zealand, Los Angeles & Europe Itinerary

43 days in New Zealand, Los Angeles & Europe Itinerary

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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Los Angeles, United States
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Castleknock, Ireland
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Kildare, Ireland
— 1 night
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Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
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Cork, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Gorey, Ireland
— 1 night
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Malahide, Ireland
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 7 nights
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Westport, New Zealand
— 4 nights

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Christchurch, New Zealand — 1 night

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To find out how to plan a trip to Christchurch, use our trip itinerary maker.

Westport to Christchurch is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You'll set off for Auckland on the 14th (Wed).
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Auckland, New Zealand — 1 night

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.
For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Christchurch in December, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 20°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles, United States — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Baked Potato, Universal CityWalk Hollywood and The Hollywood Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Broad and Room Escape Games. There's lots more to do: listen to music at Walt Disney Concert Hall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and admire the striking features of Bradbury Building.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Los Angeles takes 15.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 20 hours. Traveling from Auckland in December, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Los Angeles. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 3 nights

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Escape Boats. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Merrion Square and Sandymount Strand. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Portmarnock Beach and Shankill Beach. Take a break from Dublin with a short trip to Wallaby Woods Donadea in Kildare, about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Temple Bar, identify plant and animal life at Dublin Falconry, stroll through Seapoint Beach, and snap pictures at Ha'penny Bridge.

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Fly from Los Angeles to Dublin in 13.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Dublin is 8 hours. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Dublin: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 3°C at night. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Castleknock.
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Castleknock, Ireland

You've now added K2Alpacas to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): surround yourself with nature on K2Alpacas and then identify plant and animal life at National Bird of Prey Centre.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Castleknock travel route planning app.

Castleknock is just a stone's throw from Dublin. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Kildare.
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Kildare, Ireland — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): try to win big at Naas Racecourse.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kildare day trip planning app.

Drive from Castleknock to Kildare in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 1 night

A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
On the 22nd (Thu), walk around Eyre Square and then take in nature's colorful creations at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Galway day trip planner.

You can drive from Kildare to Galway in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cork.
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Cork, Ireland — 3 nights

One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Visit Clonea Beach and Inchydoney Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like St Fin Barre's Cathedral and Elizabeth Fort. Take a break from Cork with a short trip to Drombeg Stone Circle in Skibbereen, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Fitzgerald Park, steep yourself in history at Camden Fort Meagher, and get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cork day trip planning website.

Drive from Galway to Cork in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. You'll set off for Gorey on the 26th (Mon).
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Gorey, Ireland — 1 night

Gorey is a market town in north County Wexford, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Seal Rescue Ireland, then delve into the lush surroundings at Courtown Woods, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ballymoney Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gorey trip builder.

Getting from Cork to Gorey by car takes about 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Gorey can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Malahide.
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Malahide, Ireland — 1 night

Malahide is an affluent coastal suburban town outside Dublin city in Fingal, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Balcarrick Beach and then kick back and relax at Donabate Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Malahide online vacation planner.

You can drive from Gorey to Malahide in 1.5 hours. In December in Malahide, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 29th (Thu), get curious at Body Worlds, then stop by The Jordaan, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam day trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Malahide to Amsterdam. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Malahide to Amsterdam. In December in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 3 nights

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rathausplatz and Graben and Kohlmarkt. There's much more to do: make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Karlskirche, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna trip builder site.

Fly from Amsterdam to Vienna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, things will get little chillier in Vienna: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 2 nights

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest trip builder site.

You can drive from Vienna to Budapest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Thu) before leaving for Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 3 nights

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On your second day here, take a stroll through Dorsoduro, then take a stroll through Campo Santa Margherita, then take a stroll through Cannaregio, and finally visit Campo del Ghetto.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Venice itinerary site.

Fly from Budapest to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Budapest in January, expect Venice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 9°C and 0°C. On the 8th (Sun), you're off to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then admire the striking features of Cupola di San Pietro, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome road trip site.

You can fly from Venice to Rome in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Venice in January; daily highs in Rome reach 15°C and lows reach 4°C. On the 10th (Tue), you'll travel to Auckland.
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Auckland, New Zealand — 7 nights

You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Browns Bay Beach and Orewa Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Devonport and Karekare Beach. See some other sides of Auckland: get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Takapuna Beach, take a memorable drive along Twin Coast Discovery Highway, and browse the exhibits of Howick Historical Village.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Auckland vacation maker site.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Auckland takes 30 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Auckland is 11 hours. When traveling from Rome in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to fly to Christchurch.
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Christchurch, New Zealand — 1 night

On the 20th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Corsair Bay and then wander the streets of Port Hills.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch trip planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. While traveling from Auckland, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Christchurch, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Westport.
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Westport, New Zealand — 4 nights

Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk and Denniston Heritage Trust. Explore Westport's surroundings by going to Truman Track (in Punakaiki) and Oparara Basin Walking Tracks (in Karamea). There's lots more to do: stroll through Cape Foulwind Walkway, go for a walk through Tauranga Bay Seal Colony, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at West Coast Brewery.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Westport route planner.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Westport takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel 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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