19 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Auckland Itinerary

19 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Auckland Itinerary

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19 days in Melbourne, Sydney & Auckland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Auckland, New Zealand
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

3
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Joseph's Church, have some family-friendly fun at Zero Latency, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne online trip builder .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Melbourne is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 30°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Tours
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

4
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, trails, beaches, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Sydney Opera House, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of The Rocks, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planning app .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Sydney. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

7
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Cathedral Cove Walk (in Hahei) and The Lost Spring (in Whitianga). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, get impressive views of Mount Eden, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Auckland travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Auckland takes 7 hours. Traveling from Sydney to Auckland, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, Takapuna Beach Playground, The Lost Spring, Cathedral Cove Walk
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Sydney, Australia

Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sydney Fish Market, then take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden of Friendship, and finally admire the striking features of Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Queen Victoria Building, take in the dramatic natural features at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, then appreciate the history behind King Edward VII, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Auckland to Sydney in 7 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Auckland, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Tours Outdoors Shopping
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Mrs Macquarie's Chair ©
Mrs Macquarie's Chair
Sydney Fish Market ©
Sydney Fish Market

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