15 days in Wellington, Auckland & Australia Itinerary

15 days in Wellington, Auckland & Australia Itinerary

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Sydney, Australia
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Wellington, New Zealand — 3 nights

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
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Philadelphia, USA to Wellington is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Wellington. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in August; daily highs in Wellington reach 55°F and lows reach 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Auckland.
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Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
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Auckland, New Zealand — 4 nights

City of Sails

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Orewa Beach and Takapuna Beach. Explore hidden gems such as St. Helier's Bay and Stardome Observatory & Planetarium. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Howick Historical Village, head off the coast to Hauraki Gulf, wander the streets of Parnell, and learn about all things military at Auckland Museum.

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You can fly from Wellington to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Wellington in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can fly to Sydney.
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Sydney, Australia — 5 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and Customs House. Appreciate the collections at Anzac Memorial and Hyde Park Barracks. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, identify plant and animal life at North Head Sanctuary, and stop by Volle Jewellery.

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You can fly from Auckland to Sydney in 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Sydney. When traveling from Auckland in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Sydney, with highs around 66°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
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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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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