26 days in Sydney & New Zealand Itinerary

26 days in Sydney & New Zealand Itinerary

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26 days in Sydney & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Tampa, United States
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
2
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
6
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Paihia, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Tampa, 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Day by Day Charters - Private Trips. Get some historical perspective at The Rocks and Macquarie Lighthouse. The adventure continues: see a show at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, stroll through Manly Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sydney trip planning tool .

Tampa, USA to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Sydney is 15 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Tampa in July; daily highs in Sydney reach 65°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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The Rocks ©
The Rocks
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour ©
Darling Harbour

3
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.
Visiting Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) and Milford Sound will get you outdoors. Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Bowen Falls, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Punanga Manu o Te Anau, and pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Te Anau takes 9.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bowen Falls, Lake Gunn
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

4
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Escape the urban bustle at The Remarkables Ski Area and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Stoneridge Estate & Bald Hills Cellar Door and St Peter's Anglican Church. On the 19th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Coronet Peak. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Queenstown fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

3
nights
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Fox Glacier and Hooker Valley Track. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, trek along Mount Fox Route, and take in the pleasant sights at Tatare Tunnels Walk.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier planner .

Getting from Queenstown to Fox Glacier by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Tonga Island Marine Reserve, then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Wellington takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daytime highs in Wellington are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Tonga Island Marine Reserve
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Tonga Island Marine Reserve ©
Tonga Island Marine Reserve
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

3
nights
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get some cultural insight at Horsemtrails and Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get outdoors at Tongariro Northern Circuit and Mangawhero Falls. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, trek along Mounds Walk, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tongariro National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

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nights
Taupo, New Zealand

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 29th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tukairangi Gallery. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tours, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Great Lake Trail, and then get to know the fascinating history of Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo travel route planner .

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

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nights
Paihia, New Zealand

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then stop by Paihia Bookshop, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Opua Forest Lookout Track, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Taupo to Paihia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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