17 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
2
Taupo, New Zealand
— 3 nights
3
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
4
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
5
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights

2
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, see Off-Road Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown road trip site.

Mexico City, Mexico to Queenstown is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Mexico City to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Fun & Games Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Boat Tours & Water Sports

3
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and bet on your favorite at Formula Challenge Racing.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo online trip planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Taupo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

3
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Dedicate the 23rd (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne itinerary planner.

You can fly from Taupo to Melbourne in 9 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Taupo to Melbourne is minus 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Melbourne are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Wineries Museums
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
National Gallery of Victoria ©
National Gallery of Victoria

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Uluru, take in the pleasant sights at Field of Light, take in the dramatic natural features at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

To see photos and other tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour planning tool.

Fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Australian Central Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay May 25 — 28:
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Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre ©
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

3
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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, wander the streets of The Rocks, admire the masterpieces at White Rabbit Gallery, and see a show at Sydney Opera House.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Sydney travel planning tool.

Fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in May: highs in Sydney hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:
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Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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