Route & dates
19 days in Australia & New Zealand Itinerary
Norfolk, United States
Sydney, Australia— 4 nights
taxi + bus + Fly + train: 8h
Te Anau, New Zealand— 5 nights
Drive: 2h 30min
Queenstown, New Zealand— 3 nights
bus + Fly + bus: 6h 30min
Melbourne, Australia— 3 nights
Norfolk, United States
The Harbour City
Enjoy Sydney’s natural beauty, from unspoilt beaches to public gardens and, of course, the sparkling harbour, before discovering its thriving restaurants and markets.For shopping fun, head to Sydney Fish Market or Opal Minded. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Clovelly. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Rocks, kick back and relax at Manly Beach, hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, and enjoy a live performance at Sydney Opera House.
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Norfolk, USA to Sydney is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Norfolk to Sydney is 15 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Norfolk in December: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 78°F and lows are around 64°F. You will leave for Te Anau on the 24th (Sun).
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Te Anau, New Zealand
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.Step out of the city life by going to Routeburn Track and Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, trek along Mirror Lakes Walk, take a memorable drive along Milford Sound, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.
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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sydney to Te Anau takes 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Queenstown.
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Mirror Lakes Walk
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Queenstown, New Zealand
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, relax in the rural setting at Walter Peak High Country Farm, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ben Lomond Walkway, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.
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Traveling by car from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.
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Australia's Garden City
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.Do your shopping at Melbourne Central and Readings Book Shop. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, tour the water at your own pace with Melbourne Boat Hire, meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.
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Fly from Queenstown to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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