17 days in Auckland Region, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

17 days in Auckland Region, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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17 days in Auckland Region, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

San Francisco, United States
Fly:  17​h 15​min
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
— 3 nights
bus + ferry:  2​h
Auckland, New Zealand
— 4 nights
bus + Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
San Francisco, United States

3
days
Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Man O' War Vineyards. And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Wild on Waiheke, get outside with Ross Adventures, explore the world behind art at Connells Bay Sculpture Park, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Waiheke Island trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Waiheke Island is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 20 hours traveling from San Francisco to Waiheke Island. Traveling from San Francisco in April, Waiheke Island is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Tours Wineries Outdoors
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Wild on Waiheke
Man O' War Vineyards

4
days
Auckland, New Zealand

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tiritiri Matangi Island and Waitakere Ranges. When in Auckland, make a side trip to see Piha Beach in Piha, approximately 54 minutes away. Dedicate the 7th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, get impressive views of One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie), stop by Pauanesia, and savor the flavors at Foxes Island Wines.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Waiheke Island to Auckland in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Auckland are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours

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Piha Beach
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Tiritiri Matangi Island
Sky Tower
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
days
Melbourne, Australia

With Melbourne's combination of world-class dining, art galleries, homegrown fashion and a packed sports calendar, it's no surprise Victoria's capital is regarded the world’s most livable city.
Explore hidden gems such as Balloon Rides and Fitzroy Gardens. Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Werribee to see Werribee Open Range Zoo about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Southbank, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck 88, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Melbourne takes 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Melbourne is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 50°F in Melbourne. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Museums

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Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Melbourne Zoo
Royal Botanic Gardens
Shrine of Remembrance

4
days
Sydney, Australia

Enjoy Sydney’s natural beauty, from unspoilt beaches to public gardens and, of course, the sparkling harbour, before discovering its thriving restaurants and markets.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wentworth Falls and Blue Mountains. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, don't miss a visit to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and stroll through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sydney itinerary maker.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in April, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

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Katoomba
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Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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