17 days in New Zealand, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

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17 days in New Zealand, Sydney & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad, India
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Gold Coast, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Franz Josef, New Zealand
— 2 nights
train:  5​h
7
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Hyderabad, India

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bondi Beach as well as Hyde Park. There's more to do: enjoy some music at Sydney Opera House.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary maker .

Hyderabad, India to Sydney is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Hyderabad in May, with highs in Sydney at 24°C and lows at 14°C. You'll set off for Gold Coast on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Hyde Park ©
Hyde Park

2
nights
Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Dreamworld has been added to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Gold Coast trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Gold Coast takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Auckland.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Shopping Outdoors
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Dreamworld ©
Dreamworld
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre ©
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
Pelican Feeding ©
Pelican Feeding

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.
For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Auckland online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Gold Coast to Auckland takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Gold Coast to Auckland is 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Gold Coast in May: highs in Auckland hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sun) before leaving for Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums
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Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SkyTower ©
SkyTower

2
nights
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 Agrodome. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Auckland in May, with lows around 11°C. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature Parks
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Agrodome ©
Agrodome

2
nights
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 Cruise Milford. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown travel site .

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Queenstown takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Cruise Milford
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Zipline
Cruise Milford ©
Cruise Milford
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Franz Josef, New Zealand

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): trek along Franz Josef Glacier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, and then explore the striking landscape of Fox Glacier.

Find out how to plan Franz Josef trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Queenstown to Franz Josef in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 16th (Sat), you're off toChristchurch.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Moraine Walk
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

2
nights
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You've now added Whale Watch Kaikoura to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Whale Watch Kaikoura.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Christchurch trip planner.

Getting from Franz Josef to Christchurch by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 18th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Whale Watch Kaikoura
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Whale Watch Kaikoura ©
Whale Watch Kaikoura

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