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 15​min
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Whakapapa, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​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 15​min
7
Adelaide, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
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 24th (Mon), contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, then take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, then enjoy the thrill of live dance 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 next day: get impressive views of Rangitoto Island, then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, and then stroll through Piha Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip maker site .

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Auckland is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Colombo to Auckland, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Colombo in February: highs in Auckland hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Piha Beach, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 25:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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.
On the 26th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Papamoa Beach, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rotorua day trip planner .

Drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in February, Rotorua is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Papamoa Beach
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park

2
nights
Whakapapa, New Zealand

Whakapapa ©
On the 28th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Tongariro National Trout Centre and then trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Ohakune Old Coach Road and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can drive from Rotorua to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Turangi
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:
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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.
On the 1st (Sun), wander the streets of Cuba Street, kick back and relax at Oriental Bay, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington road trip planning site .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Nature Beaches Neighborhoods
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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 2nd (Mon), do a tasting at Pegasus Bay Winery, get your game on at Velocity Karts, don't miss a visit to Cardboard Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Diminish and Ascend.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch route builder site .

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in March, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Wineries Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 3:
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and Burkes Pass Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Hooker Valley Track and Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mt. Cook Village: Gem Alpaca Stud (in Fairlie), Caroline Bay Beach (in Timaru) and Lake Tekapo (The Church of the Good Shepherd & Off-Road Tours). There's much more to do: get outside with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, stroll through Glencoe Walk, and hike along Governors Bush Walk.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village road trip app .

You can drive from Christchurch to Mt. Cook Village in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Adelaide.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Fairlie, Lake Tekapo, Caroline Bay Beach
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 7:
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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.
Attractions like Seacliff Beach and Semaphore Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Wine Centre of Australia and Art Gallery of South Australia. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Rundle Mall, browse the eclectic array of goods at Adelaide Central Market, steep yourself in history at Adelaide Oval, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Adelaide trip builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Mt. Cook Village to Adelaide with the Route module. Traveling from Mt. Cook Village to Adelaide, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. March in Adelaide sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Adelaide

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Semaphore Beach
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 10:
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. Bring the kids along to St. Kilda Beach and Melbourne Zoo. When in Melbourne, make a side trip to see Koala Conservation Centre in Cowes, approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, see the interesting displays at National Sports Museum, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Melbourne journey planner .

Fly from Adelaide to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Koala Conservation Centre, St. Kilda Beach
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 14:
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St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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