24 days in Australia, South Island & North Island Itinerary

24 days in Australia, South Island & North Island Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
3
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 2 nights
4
Taupo, New Zealand
— 3 nights
5
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
6
Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
7
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights

3
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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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, walk around Fitzroy Gardens, get into the urban bustle at Federation Square, and get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Gaborone, Botswana to Melbourne is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Africa Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Gaborone in December, things will get much colder in Melbourne: highs are around 30°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Walking tours

4
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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.
Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Milford Sound in Te Anau--about 1h 45 min away. On the 13th (Sun), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, explore the activities along Lake Gunn, see Off-Road Tours, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Queenstown vacation builder app.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Queenstown takes 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 17th (Thu), trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, capture your vacation like a pro with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rotopounamu Track, and finally trek along Ridge Track.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Queenstown to Tongariro National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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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: get interesting insight from Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Go for a jaunt from Rotorua to Hinuera to see Hobbiton Movie Set about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua day trip planning app.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Hobbiton Movie Set
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River Rafting & Tubing
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Zipline

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Paihia, New Zealand

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then see the world from above with Salt Air, and then get interesting insight from Skydive Bay of Islands. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paihia visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Sydney holiday website.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Sydney takes 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Paihia to Sydney is minus 2 hours. In December in Sydney, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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