28 days in Sydney, Melbourne & South Island Itinerary

28 days in Sydney, Melbourne & South Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 30 min
4
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Bus:  6 h 30 min
5
Wanaka, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
7
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Punakaiki, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
9
Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Bus:  4 h 45 min
10
Picton, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h
End: Los Angeles, United States

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk, stroll through Manly Beach, then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and finally enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sydney route builder site.

Los Angeles, USA to Sydney is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 18 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 62°F in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance.

Discover how to plan a Melbourne trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in November, Melbourne is slightly colder at night with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance ©
Shrine of Remembrance

1
night
Queenstown, New Zealand

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glenorchy-Queenstown Road. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Queenstown takes 6 hours. Traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive
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Off-Road Tours
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road ©
Glenorchy-Queenstown Road
Queenstown Arts Centre ©
Queenstown Arts Centre

2
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, explore the activities along Lake Gunn, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, and finally trek along Gertrude Saddle.

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Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:
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Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

3
nights
Wanaka, New Zealand

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes That Wanaka Tree as well as Mount Aspiring National Park. On the 22nd (Fri), hike along Roys Peak Track, view the masterpieces at Wanaka Fine Art Gallery, then don't miss a visit to That Wanaka Tree, and finally explore the activities along Lake Wanaka. Keep things going the next day: trek along Mount Iron Track, get your game on at Puzzling World, try for a hole-in-one at Crossfire Wanaka, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Aspiring National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip builder tool.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Wanaka in 6.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National Park

1
night
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
On the 24th (Sun), explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pukaki, get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Governors Bush Walk, and finally trek along Glencoe Walk.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village planning website.

Explore your travel options from Wanaka to Mt. Cook Village with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:
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Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

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nights
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hokitika Gorge Walk. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then trek along Tatare Tunnels Walk, and then trek along Terrace Walk. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Minnehaha Walk, and finally trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier trip planner.

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Punakaiki.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Hokitika Gorge Walk
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

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nights
Punakaiki, New Zealand

Punakaiki ©
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Punakaiki: Murchison (Maruia Falls, Buller Gorge Swing Bridge, &more), Westport (Tauranga Bay Seal Colony, The Old Ghost Road, &more) and Mitchells Gully Gold Mine (in Charleston). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Paparoa National Park, Head underground at Punakaiki Cavern, and hike along Pororari River Track.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Punakaiki road trip planner.

Drive from Fox Glacier to Punakaiki in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Abel Tasman National Park.

Things to do in Punakaiki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Westport, Murchison, Paparoa National Park, Mitchells Gully Gold Mine
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 2:
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The Old Ghost Road ©
The Old Ghost Road
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
Paparoa National Park ©
Paparoa National Park

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nights
Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Abel Tasman National Park ©
Pristine blue water, immaculate white sand, and a thick, temperate rainforest make Abel Tasman National Park a natural jewel on the northern coast of Tasmania's South Island.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the sheer force of Wainui Falls Track, then stroll through Abel Tasman Coast Track, and then kick back and relax at Kaiteriteri Beach. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Ngarua Caves, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riwaka Resurgence, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Abel Tasman National Park visit planner.

Take a bus from Punakaiki to Abel Tasman National Park in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for the bus ride to Picton.

Things to do in Abel Tasman National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Rawhiti Cave Track, Riwaka Resurgence, Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs), Ngarua Caves, Kaiteriteri Beach
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:
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Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Wainui Falls Track ©
Wainui Falls Track
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) ©
Te Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs)

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Picton, New Zealand

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
You've now added Queen Charlotte Track to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): examine the collection at The National Whale Centre and then hike along Queen Charlotte Track. On your second day here, go for a stroll along the water at Picton Sound, then contemplate the waterfront views at Queen Charlotte Sound, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Marlborough Sounds.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Picton travel planning tool.

You can take a bus from Abel Tasman National Park to Picton in 5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Picton are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Picton

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Walking tours

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