26 days in New Zealand, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

26 days in New Zealand, Sydney & Cairns Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 day
Drive
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Hamilton, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly to Christchurch International Airport, Drive to Greymouth
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Greymouth, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Auckland, New Zealand

City of Sails

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): stroll through Takapuna Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Browns Bay Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary site.

Austin, USA to Auckland is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Austin to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Austin in November, you will find days in Auckland are slightly colder (64°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (63°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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Highlights from your trip

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Hamilton, New Zealand

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sapper Horace Moore-Jones commemorative statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Taitua Arboretum, then stroll around Hamilton Lake Domain, and finally stroll around Victoria on the River.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Hamilton takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Hamilton when traveling from Auckland in November, with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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Taupo, New Zealand

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, then stroll through Kinloch Beach, and then stroll through Huka Falls Walkway. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool and then get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Taupo online trip builder.

You can drive from Hamilton to Taupo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Wellington, New Zealand

Harbour Capital

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 9th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Peka Peka Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, and then stroll through Paraparaumu Beach. On the next day, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then take a peaceful walk through Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden.

Discover how to plan a Wellington trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Taupo to Wellington in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Greymouth, New Zealand

Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. On the 12th (Tue), look for gifts at Shades Of Jade, stroll through Coal Creek Track, hike along Point Elizabeth Walkway, contemplate the long history of Shantytown Heritage Park, then stroll through Woods Creek Track, and finally don't miss a visit to St Patrick's Parish.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Greymouth day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wellington to Greymouth. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Greymouth

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Mt Crichton Loop Track. Get outdoors at Queenstown Trail and Lake Hayes Walkway. When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Parasailing & Paragliding in Wanaka, approximately Wanaka away. There's more to do: play a few rounds at Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown and do a tasting at Amisfield Winery.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary builder site.

Explore your travel options from Greymouth to Queenstown with the Route module. On the 16th (Sat), you'll travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Christchurch, New Zealand

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Riccarton House & Bush and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch holiday planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Christchurch in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Christchurch are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:

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Sydney, Australia

The Harbour City

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarama Beach, then stroll through Bronte Beach, then kick back and relax at Camp Cove, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Sydney by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Christchurch to Sydney, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Christchurch in November, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 77°F and 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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Cairns, Australia

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Michaelmas Cay. Appreciate the collections at The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum and Bones and Jones. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (Horses in Port & Opal Reef), Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery (in Mossman) and Spy & Camera Museum (in Herberton). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands, admire the striking features of Freshwater Station, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns sightseeing planning app.

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in November; daily highs in Cairns reach 87°F and lows reach 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Sydney, Australia

The Harbour City

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): stop by The Rocks, then kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and then trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip builder site.

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairns in November, things will get slightly colder in Sydney: highs are around 77°F and lows about 62°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Tue) before leaving for Auckland.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

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Auckland, New Zealand

City of Sails

Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then steep yourself in history at Howick Historical Village, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bethells Beach.

To see more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Auckland in 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Auckland is 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in November: highs in Auckland hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.