22 days in New Zealand, Adelaide & Melbourne Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand, Adelaide & Melbourne Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand, Adelaide & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Whakapapa, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
5
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 30​min
7
Adelaide, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Colombo, Sri Lanka

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Mon), get impressive views of Mount Eden, then examine the collection at Auckland War Memorial Museum, then enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Rangitoto Island, then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, and then kick back and relax at Piha Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Auckland travel planner.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Auckland is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Colombo to Auckland. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Colombo in March: highs in Auckland hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Piha Beach, Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©

2
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and finally identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Rotorua online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in March, expect nights in Rotorua to be slightly colder, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park

2
nights
Whakapapa, New Zealand

Whakapapa ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Tongariro National Trout Centre and then hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Ohakune Old Coach Road and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Whakapapa journey app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rotorua to Whakapapa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Turangi, Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take a stroll through Cuba Street, contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Wellington road trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Whakapapa to Wellington. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors Nature Shopping
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Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Cuba Street ©
Cuba Street

1
night
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 9th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Pegasus Bay Winery, have some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts, then make a trip to Cardboard Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Diminish and Ascend.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Wellington in March since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Christchurch

Wineries Museums Fun & Games
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Pegasus Bay Winery ©
Pegasus Bay Winery

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and The Church of the Good Shepherd. Step out of the city life by going to Hooker Valley Track and Ski The Tasman. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mt. Cook Village: Gem Alpaca Stud (in Fairlie), Lake Tekapo (Lake Tekapo & Off-Road Tours) and High Country Salmon (in Twizel). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, trek along Glencoe Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Governors Bush Walk, and explore the activities along Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village trip planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Christchurch to Mt. Cook Village with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo, Gem Alpaca Stud, High Country Salmon
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

3
nights
Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide ©
Adelaide exists contentedly as a cultured, diverse, and attractive city with a laid-back center, leafy residential districts, and an underlying cosmopolitan atmosphere.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seacliff Beach and Semaphore Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Wine Centre of Australia and Art Gallery of South Australia. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Rundle Mall, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, pause for some photo ops at The Rundle Mall Pigs, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Adelaide Zoo.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Adelaide online vacation planner .

Explore your travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Adelaide with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) is minus 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Semaphore Beach
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Adelaide Zoo ©
Adelaide Zoo
South Australian Museum ©
South Australian Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia ©
Art Gallery of South Australia

4
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and St Joseph's Church. Take a break from the city and head to St. Kilda Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Half Moon Bay, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip maker site .

You can fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March in Melbourne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road
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Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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