Sydney Austrailia and Auckland New Zealand

Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand

The Down Under

Fly in/out: Sydney (SYD) /Auckland New Zealand (AKL)

Best Season: February-June

Recommended ages: 6 and up for Australia, 10 and up for New Zealand

Ball Park Price: $1,200 /person for 5 travelers

Pace: Moderate

Currency: Australian and New Zealand Dollar

Time Zone: Best explanation for Australia’s time zone


DAY ONE & TWO: Fly Qantas Airlines to Sydney, Australia (SYD). Take ferry to Novotel Manly Sydney Pacific in Manly Beach.

Manly BeachDAY THREE: Walk to Manly Beach and take surf lessons. Enjoy downtown Manly for evening.

DAY FOUR: Take the ferry to Sydney and tour the Sydney Opera House One Hour Tour and proceed to Sydney Zoo and walk to Royal Botanic Garden.

DAY FIVE: Depart from Sydney and take a 90 minute train ride to Blue Mountains National Park for an all day excursion.

DAY SIX: Rent a car and take a beautiful drive to Central Coast to Zipline

Auckland Sky TowerDAY SEVEN: Depart for Auckland on Qantas Airlines. Check in to Waldorf Stadium Apartments. Tour Queen Street shopping and Sky Tower

Auckland KayakingDAY EIGHT: Take a bus tour of Auckland. Rent Kayaks

DAY NINE: Take the downtown ferry terminal and take a day trip to explore Rangitoto Island and volcano.

DAY TEN: Spend a day in downtown Auckland traveling by bus to Auckland Natural History Museum and Auckland Zoo.

DAY ELEVEN: Depart on Auckland International Airport on Qantas Airlines for long trip home.

If you have more time

Stay longer at Blue Mountain National Park that has great accommodations and offers wonderful hikes, trails and swimming for more outdoor adventure.

If you have older kids at least 10 and up, there are more great places to see in New Zealand.

Vacation Highlights

  • Manly is located 7 miles northeast of Sydney and is a great destination to enjoy beaches and the Sydney harbor. Perfect view of the harbor everyday with ferry to Sydney. Enjoyed multiple evenings strolling downtown Manly and stopping at restaurants, shops, and ice cream stores.
  • Australia is a filled with wonderful natural and cultural treasures that are so well preserved by the people of Australia. We had a tough time deciding where to visit.
  • Exploring

  • Sydney Opera House is a masterpiece inside and out. Kids enjoyed a one hour tour. Enjoyed walk to Botanic Gardens as a bird landed on my son’s back. Zoo was great to see all native animals to Australia.
  • Saw our first kangaroo in the wild on way to Blue Mountains National Park, west of Sydney. Stunning national park.
  • Rented a car for a day to drive the coast of Australia. Spent a ½ day at Treetop Adventure Park for a great outdoor adventure.
  • In Auckland NZ, we enjoyed our day trip in Rangitoto Island. Some adventures in NZ were restricted by the age range of the kids. Most adventures had a minimum age of 10.

Great Excursions

  • Taking the train ride to Blue Mountains National Park to take in Australia’s breathtaking scenery.
  • Australia Blue Mountains

  • Seeing the Sydney harbor,Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Zoo for the kids was a highlight.
  • The Treetop Adventure Park providing multiple course for all age ranges and provided a great day of outdoor adventure.

Places to stay

  • Waldorf Stadium Apartments, Auckland
    Waldorf Stadium Apartments, Auckland
    We liked the variety that Manly Beach provided for our stay in Sydney. The Novotel was a great location for seeing a lot of Sydney.
  • We liked the two bedroom apartment space in Auckland at the Waldorf Stadium Apartments at a reasonable price.
  • Novotel Sydney Manley Pacific
    Novotel Sydney Manley Pacific


  • We spent many evenings in Sydney strolling Manly beach and stopping in at family friendly restaurants.
  • We loved using this great website to choose restaurant locations in Auckland.

Helpful Hints

  • Sydney Opera HouseTake the one hour Sydney Opera House Tour and book in advance.
  • Stay close to hotel on first day to adjust to a jet lag in case someone needs to put their feet up or take a long nap.
  • Pack food to take with you on train ride to Blue Mountains National Park. Long and beautiful day.
  • natural history museumIn Auckland, we liked the bus tour which provided an overview of Auckland so you can get your bearings of the city.
  • Because of the age range of kids on this trip, ranging from 8-18, we found ourselves unable to go on big adventures (canyoning and longer kayak trips) and just a tad bit bored with just outside scenery. For New Zealand, 8 years of age may have been a little young.
  • For long flights, it helps to have seasoned travelers heavily entertained by individual screens and their own charged and rechargeable electronics.


  • A valid passport with at least 3 months time before expiring. No visa required for United States which is a Visa-waiver country.
  • For Australian scenery watch; Crocodile Dundee (before he arrives in New York) and New Zealand; The Lord of the Rings and Avatar.

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