16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Auckland Itinerary

16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Auckland Itinerary

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16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Auckland Itinerary

Start: Riga, Latvia
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
3
Auckland, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  29 h
End: Riga, Latvia

4
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.
When in Sydney, make a side trip to see Shelly Beach in Manly, approximately Manly away. There's lots more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coogee Beach, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney sightseeing planner.

Riga, Latvia to Sydney is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Riga to Sydney. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Riga in April, with highs in Sydney at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shelly Beach, Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3
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.
On the 21st (Thu), see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck. Here are some ideas for day two: get lost in a book at State Library Victoria, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and then make a trip to Block Arcade.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in Melbourne at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

6
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.
Step out of Auckland with an excursion to Driving Creek Railway and Potteries in Coromandel--about 2h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and walk around Auckland Domain.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Auckland takes 7 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Auckland, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Museum of Transport and Technology, Driving Creek Railway and Potteries
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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