60 days in New Zealand, Sydney & Dubbo Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Picton, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Nelson, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Franz Josef, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Dunedin, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Picton, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
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Dubbo, Australia
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Auckland, New Zealand — 5 nights

City of Sails

Get outdoors at Rangitoto Island and Orewa Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Wine Tours & Tastings and New Zealand Maritime Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Auckland: Westbrook Winery (in Waimauku) and Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Stockade Hill, and learn about winemaking at Foxes Island.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip builder site.

Chennai, India to Auckland is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Chennai to Auckland, you'll lose 6.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chennai in April, plan for cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Fri) before leaving for Rotorua.
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Rotorua, New Zealand — 5 nights

Sulphur City

Get outdoors at Zipline and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Te Puia and Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Mount Maunganui Summit Track (in Mount Maunganui), Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Waitomo Caves) and the Zeus Gallery (in Tauranga). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rotorua, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Taupo.
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Taupo, New Zealand — 6 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

Get in touch with nature at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Horsemtrails. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tongariro Northern Circuit and Rotopounamu Track. Venture out of the city with trips to Tongariro National Park (Taranaki Falls, Te Porere Redoubt, &more) and Whakapapa (Ridge Track & Silica Rapids Track). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Wellington.
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Wellington, New Zealand — 2 nights

Harbour Capital

On the 19th (Wed), get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, then ponder the world of politics at Old Government Buildings, then get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally get a sense of history and politics at The Supreme Court of New Zealand.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Wellington, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Picton.
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Picton, New Zealand — 3 nights

Gateway to the South Island

Get outdoors at Sounds Connection and Picton Sound. Get some cultural insight at Framingham Wines and Edwin Fox Maritime Museum. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Marlborough Sounds, see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre, do a tasting at Bladen Wines, and admire all the interesting features of Karaka Point Walk.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Picton trip itinerary builder site.

Ride a ferry from Wellington to Picton in 4 hours. April in Picton sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Nelson.
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Nelson, New Zealand — 2 nights

Top of the South

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): head outdoors with SUPSTAR, take an in-depth tour of Nelson Provincial Museum, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nelson trip builder tool.

You can drive from Picton to Nelson in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Franz Josef.
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Franz Josef, New Zealand — 6 nights

Get outdoors at Franz Josef Glacier and Kea Point Track. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Franz Josef: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Sealy Tarns Track, Glencoe Walk, &more) and Fox Glacier (Mount Fox Route & Gillespies Beach). There's still lots to do: stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk, hike along Alex Knob Track, make a trip to River Walk, and cast your line with Glacier Country Lake Tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Franz Josef online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Nelson to Franz Josef takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. You will leave for Queenstown on the 1st (Mon).
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Queenstown, New Zealand — 5 nights

Shallow Bay

Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Speed Boats Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours & Tastings and Peregrine Wines. Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Mount Aspiring National Park (in Wanaka) and Kawarau Suspension Bridge (in Gibbston). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and play a few rounds at Queenstown Golf Club.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Queenstown attractions planning site.

Getting from Franz Josef to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.
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Te Anau, New Zealand — 6 nights

Take a break from the city and head to Milford Sound and Lake Marian Track. Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Sound (Fiordland Discovery, Milford sound Hwy, &more). Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 7th (Sun), hike the day away at Kepler Track. There's still lots to do: trek along Mirror Lakes Walk, relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and stroll through The Chasm Walk.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Dunedin.
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Dunedin, New Zealand — 4 nights

Edinburgh of the South

Popular historic sites such as Nugget Point/Tokata Walks and Larnach Castle & Gardens are in your itinerary. We've included these beaches for you: Waikouaiti Beach and Allans Beach. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at The Royal Albatross Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Karitane Beach, see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and look and learn at Tuhura Otago Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Dunedin itinerary builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Dunedin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can fly to Christchurch.
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Christchurch, New Zealand — 4 nights

Garden City

Mona Vale and Ferrymead Heritage Park will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Christchurch to Little River Railtrail. Explore Christchurch's surroundings by going to Akaroa (Meniscus Wine Lounge & Meniscus Wines). And it doesn't end there: walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch day trip planning site.

You can fly from Dunedin to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Christchurch are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kaikoura.
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Kaikoura, New Zealand — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kaikoura trip planner.

You can drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Picton.
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Picton, New Zealand — 1 night

Gateway to the South Island

On the 22nd (Mon), stroll through Queen Charlotte Track.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Picton day trip tool.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Picton in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Wellington.
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Wellington, New Zealand — 1 night

Harbour Capital

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, then go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington holiday builder site.

Ride a ferry from Picton to Wellington in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Sydney.
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Sydney, Australia — 5 nights

The Harbour City

Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Rocks and Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay Walk. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Darling Harbour, stroll through Manly Beach, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and ponder the world of politics at Government House.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sydney journey tool.

You can fly from Wellington to Sydney in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Wellington to Sydney is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Wellington in May: highs in Sydney hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Dubbo.
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Dubbo, Australia — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, then don't miss a visit to Dundullimal Homestead, and then gain interesting insight with Old Dubbo Gaol.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Dubbo trip planner.

You can fly from Sydney to Dubbo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Dubbo, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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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.
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