33 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

33 days in New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  29 h 30 min
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Auckland, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Fly:  7 h
4
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Brisbane, Australia
— 15 nights
Fly:  35 h
End: Toronto, Canada

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.
Get in touch with nature at Muriwai Gannet Colony and Takapuna Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bethells Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Mission Bay Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, learn about winemaking at Villa Maria Auckland Winery, and contemplate the long history of Howick Historical Village.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary maker.

Toronto, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, things will get warmer in Auckland: highs are around 20°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Villa Maria Auckland Winery, Muriwai Gannet Colony
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:
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Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Bethells Beach ©
Bethells Beach
Villa Maria Auckland Winery ©
Villa Maria Auckland Winery

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Papamoa Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. Step out of Rotorua with an excursion to Mount Maunganui Base Track in Mount Maunganui--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, take in the natural beauty of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, take a memorable tour with Tours, and hike along Blue Lake Track.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planning website.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in December: highs in Rotorua hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Papamoa Beach, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Okere Falls Track, Mount Maunganui Base Track
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

6
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Goat Island Marine Reserve and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Escape the urban bustle at Orewa Beach and St. Helier's Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Warkworth (Omaha Beach & Tawharanui Regional Park), Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway (in Orewa) and Hahei Beach Walk (in Hahei). Explore Auckland further: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, step off the mainland to explore Rotoroa Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Browns Bay Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at New Chums Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland visit site.

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rotorua in December: highs in Auckland hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Warkworth, Orewa, Browns Bay Beach, Waikawau Beach, New Chums Beach
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 14:
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Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park
Goat Island Marine Reserve ©
Goat Island Marine Reserve

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St Paul's Cathedral and St Kilda Pier. Degraves Street and Melbourne Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to Brighton Beach in Brighton--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, admire the masterpieces at ArtVo, examine the collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, and contemplate the long history of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Melbourne takes 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Auckland to Melbourne. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Melbourne: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Brighton Beach, St Kilda Pier
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
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St Paul's Cathedral ©
St Paul's Cathedral
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach
St Kilda Pier ©
St Kilda Pier

15
nights
Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Get some cultural insight at Old St Stephen's Catholic Church (Pugin Chapel) and Queensland Art Gallery. You'll get in some beach time at Kings Beach and Burleigh Head National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Springbrook (Natural Bridge & Springbrook National Park), Kurrawa Beach (in Broadbeach) and Greenmount Beach (in Coolangatta). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Watersports Guru, look for all kinds of wild species at Buderim Forest Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Anglican Cathedral.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Brisbane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in Brisbane. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Buderim Forest Park, Maroochydore Beach
Find places to stay Dec 18 — Jan 2:
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Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Kings Beach ©
Kings Beach

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