22 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

22 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

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22 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Gisborne, New Zealand
— 9 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
2
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
— 8 nights
plane:  1​h 30​min
3
Taipei, Taiwan
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 30​min
4
Brisbane, Australia
— 1 night
End: Brisbane, Australia

9
nights
Gisborne, New Zealand

Gisborne ©
A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Morere Hot Springs (in Morere), Wairoa (Wairoa Museum & Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk) and Cooks Cove Walkway (in Tolaga Bay). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Millton Vineyards & Winery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sunshine Brewery & Taproom, enjoy the sand and surf at Makorori Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Rere Rockslide.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Gisborne journey planning tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Gisborne is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Gisborne is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Gisborne

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Manutuke, Wairoa, Lake Waikaremoana, Cooks Cove Walkway, Morere Hot Springs
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Rere Rockslide ©
Rere Rockslide
Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk ©
Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk
Kaiti Hill ©
Kaiti Hill

8
nights
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City ©
Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
When in Ho Chi Minh City, make a side trip to see Buu Long Mountain in Bien Hoa, approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Cu Chi Tunnels, do some two-wheel cruising with Countryside Adventures, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and get a sense of history and politics at The Independence Palace.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ho Chi Minh City trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gisborne to Ho Chi Minh City. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -5 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Ho Chi Minh City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Taipei.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Buu Long Mountain
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Cu Chi Tunnels ©
Cu Chi Tunnels
War Remnants Museum ©
War Remnants Museum
Food Tours

1
night
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
On the 7th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hsing Tian Kong, pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, and then make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail).

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Taipei online itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei takes 56 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei is 1 hour. Expect colder weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in January: highs in Taipei hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Taipei

Historic Sites
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Hsing Tian Kong ©
Hsing Tian Kong
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

1
night
Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
On the 8th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Brisbane visit planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Taipei to Brisbane. Traveling from Taipei to Brisbane, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Taipei in January, things will get a bit warmer in Brisbane: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks
Highlights from your plan
South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland
City Botanic Gardens ©
City Botanic Gardens

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