19 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

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19 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  17 h
1
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Hobart, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
4
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  7 h 45 min
6
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: San Francisco, United States

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. You'll get in some beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, get to know the fascinating history of The Rocks, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip itinerary maker site .

San Francisco, USA to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from San Francisco to Sydney due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 73°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

2
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 10th (Fri), examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Exhibition Building.

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You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in April, things will get slightly colder in Melbourne: highs are around 68°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

St. Kilda Beach
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Balloon Rides
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

2
nights
Hobart, Australia

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wellington, then sample the tasty concoctions at Cascade Brewery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally learn about winemaking at Moorilla Estate Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Nutgrove Beach and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Old and New Art (Mona).

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hobart online travel route planner .

Fly from Melbourne to Hobart in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hobart can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Hobart

Museums Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Berriedale, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
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Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) ©
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Rangitoto Island and Cheltenham Beach. When in Auckland, make a side trip to see Piha Beach in Piha, approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, get impressive views of Mount Eden, take an in-depth tour of Auckland War Memorial Museum, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland sightseeing planning website .

You can fly from Hobart to Auckland in 9.5 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hobart to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Auckland when traveling from Hobart in April, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Piha Beach, Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, then look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tours, make a splash at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Taupo travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Auckland to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
You've now added Milford Sound to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Doubtful Sound and Te Anau Golf Club. Change things up with a short trip to Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory in Milford Sound (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Taupo to Te Anau in 8 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 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, appreciate the history behind Diminish and Ascend, then wander the streets of Port Hills, and finally pause for some photo ops at Chalice Sculpture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): do a tasting at Pegasus Bay Winery, get your game on at Velocity Karts, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch journey planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Christchurch in 6.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Christchurch are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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