34 days in New Zealand, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

34 days in New Zealand, Sydney & Melbourne Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 10 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Hamilton, New Zealand
— 8 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Sydney, Australia — 10 nights

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 inner history buff will appreciate Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk and Anzac Memorial. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sydney Jewish Museum and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from Sydney to Wollongong to see Wollongong Head Lighthouse about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: hike along Manly Scenic Walkway, look for all kinds of wild species at North Head Sanctuary, make a trip to Hyde Park Barracks, and stroll through Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip itinerary builder.

Los Angeles, USA to Sydney is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 18 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 66°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can fly to Melbourne.
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Melbourne, Australia — 5 nights

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Do some cultural sightseeing at St Paul's Cathedral and William Ricketts Sanctuary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Patrick's Cathedral and Immigration Museum. Spend the 4th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, contemplate the long history of Parliament House of Victoria, get engrossed in the history at Old Treasury Building, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 63°F and lows are around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Auckland.
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Auckland, New Zealand — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): learn about all things military at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Eden Garden, and then get impressive views of Mount Eden. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate the long history of Howick Historical Village, and then wander the streets of Parnell.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip builder.

Fly from Melbourne to Auckland in 7 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Auckland due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hamilton.
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Hamilton, New Zealand — 8 nights

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Get a sense of the local culture at Classics Museum and Sapper Horace Moore-Jones commemorative statue. Get outdoors at Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and Raglan Rock. Change things up with these side-trips from Hamilton: Marshalls Animal Park (in Tauranga), Waitomo Caves (Ruakuri Walk, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, &more) and Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park (in Otorohanga). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens, examine the collection at Waikato Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Church of St Peter.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hamilton journey maker website.

You can drive from Auckland to Hamilton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Taupo.
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Taupo, New Zealand — 2 nights

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On your second day here, explore the landscape on two wheels at Great Lake Trail, then kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve.

To see ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Hamilton to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Auckland.
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Auckland, New Zealand — 4 nights

Take a break from the city and head to Hauraki Gulf and Muriwai Beach Horse Treks. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stardome Observatory & Planetarium and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. When in Auckland, make a side trip to see Muriwai Gannet Colony in Muriwai Beach, approximately Muriwai Beach away. Explore Auckland further: examine the collection at Auckland Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Coast-to-Coast Walkway, and kick back and relax at Takapuna Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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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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