13 days in New Zealand & Melbourne Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand & Melbourne Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Perth, Australia
Fly:  10​h
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Milford Sound, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Rotorua, New Zealand
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
7
Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Whakapapa, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Auckland, New Zealand
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Melbourne, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Perth, Australia

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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.
To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Auckland online trip builder .

Perth, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 4 hours. Traveling from Perth in January, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are cooler, around 22°C. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, view the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery, then admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Garden, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown planner .

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Queenstown

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Zipline
Queenstown Garden ©
Queenstown Garden
Silver Fern Gallery ©
Silver Fern Gallery

1
night
Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound ©
Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory, get a new perspective on things with Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Cruises, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirror Lakes Walk, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Bowen Falls and then don't miss a visit to Homer Tunnel.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Milford Sound trip planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk
Lake Gunn ©
Lake Gunn
Homer Tunnel ©
Homer Tunnel

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
On the 24th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip site .

Getting from Milford Sound to Queenstown by car takes about 4 hours. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

1
night
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland
To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Auckland tour builder site .

You can fly from Queenstown to Auckland in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. On the 26th (Sun), you're off toRotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:

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Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua
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.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip itinerary site .

Getting from Queenstown to Rotorua by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You will leave for Taupo on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 27:

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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, theme parks, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

Plan my Taupo trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

You can take a bus from Rotorua to Taupo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
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Whakapapa, New Zealand

Whakapapa ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): trek along Ridge Track.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Taupo to Whakapapa in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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night
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the 30th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk.

Make your Waitomo Caves itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jan 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

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Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nightlife Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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night
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Auckland to Melbourne in 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Melbourne. When traveling from Auckland in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck

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