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: Singapore, Singapore
flight:  8​h
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Wellington, New Zealand
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
Palmerston North, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Turangi, New Zealand
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
5
Taupo, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Cambridge, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
10
Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Singapore, Singapore

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Melbourne Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and then don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Melbourne vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Singapore, Singapore to Melbourne is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Singapore to Melbourne, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Singapore in December: highs in Melbourne hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Melbourne

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Eureka Skydeck ©
Eureka Skydeck
Flinders Street Station ©
Flinders Street Station

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hours
Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington
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.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Wellington driving holiday planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Wellington in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Wellington. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in December: highs in Wellington hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you're off toPalmerston North.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Tours
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1
night
Palmerston North, New Zealand

Palmerston North
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Palmerston North route maker app .

Drive from Wellington to Palmerston North in 2 hours. When traveling from Wellington in December, plan for slightly colder days in Palmerston North, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Turangi.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Parks Outdoors Museums
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hours
Turangi, New Zealand

Turangi ©
Turangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Tongariro National Trout Centre.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Turangi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Palmerston North to Turangi takes 2.5 hours. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Turangi

Wildlife Parks
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Tongariro National Trout Centre ©
Tongariro National Trout Centre

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night
Taupo, New Zealand

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes ERNEST KEMP SCENIC CRUISES. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get interesting insight from ERNEST KEMP SCENIC CRUISES, admire the natural beauty at Lava Glass, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Taupo vacation app .

You can drive from Turangi to Taupo in an hour. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Honey Hive ©
Huka Honey Hive

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night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rotorua Night Market as well as Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): wander the streets of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Rotorua Night Market, and finally identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua holiday builder tool .

You can take a bus from Taupo to Rotorua in an hour. Another option is to drive. In December in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cambridge.

Things to do in Rotorua

Wildlife Parks Spas
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Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Thermal Spas
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

1
night
Cambridge, New Zealand

Cambridge ©
Cambridge is a town in the Waipa District of the Waikato Region of the North Island of New Zealand. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hobbiton Movie Set, Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Aranui Cave. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Koutu.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cambridge, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Rotorua to Cambridge in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Cambridge

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Hobbiton Movie Set, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Aranui Cave
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Lake Te Koutu ©
Lake Te Koutu

2
nights
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.
Devonport has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Sun), enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, then get impressive views of Mount Eden, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Auckland journey planner .

Drive from Cambridge to Auckland in 2 hours. While traveling from Cambridge, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

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nights
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 the city life by going to Milford Sound and Lake Te Anau. Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Te Anau Glowworm Caves in Te Anau, about 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Hollyford Track, explore the activities along Lake Gunn, push the limits with an extreme tour, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner.

Fly from Auckland to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Te Anau, Fiordland National Park
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

1
night
Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, then explore the activities along Oriental Bay, and then wander the streets of Cuba Street.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Wellington route planning tool .

Getting from Queenstown to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay

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