26 days in Oceania Itinerary

26 days in Oceania Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 2 nights
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Noumea, New Caledonia
— 1 day
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Port Vila, Vanuatu
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Honiara, Solomon Islands
— 1 day
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Nadi, Fiji
— 2 nights
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Ha'apai Islands, Tonga
— 1 day
Ferry to Vava'u, Fly to Apia
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Apia, Samoa
— 1 night
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 1 night
Fly to Bora Bora, Ferry to Bora Bora
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Melbourne, Australia

— 3 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and admire all the interesting features of Fitzroy Gardens.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne sightseeing planning site.

Kochi (Cochin), India to Melbourne is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) to Melbourne, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in March, plan for slightly colder days in Melbourne, with highs around 30°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Sydney, Australia

— 2 nights

The Harbour City

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, go for a walk through The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip maker tool.

Traveling by train from Melbourne to Sydney takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sydney when traveling from Melbourne in March, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Noumea.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Noumea, New Caledonia

— 1 day
Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
On the 1st (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Ville de Noumea and then head off the coast to Ile aux Canards island.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Noumea itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Sydney to Noumea in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney to Noumea, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Port Vila.

Things to do in Noumea

Nature · Parks · Museums

Port Vila, Vanuatu

The capital of Vanuatu and the largest settlement on Efate, Port Vila plays home to a number of busy markets, cafes, bars, and restaurants catering to the tourism industry.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Port Vila online itinerary planner.

Fly from Noumea to Port Vila in 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. You will leave for Honiara on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Port Vila

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Honiara, Solomon Islands

— 1 day
The hustle and bustle of Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands, provides a nice counterpoint to the slow pace and laid-back atmosphere in other areas of the country.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Guadalcanal American Memorial, then hunt for treasures at Honiara Central Market, and then delve into the distant past at Bonegi I and II.

Plan my day in Honiara using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Port Vila to Honiara in 5 hours. When traveling from Port Vila in April, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Honiara: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Honiara

Shopping · Historic Sites

Nadi, Fiji

— 2 nights
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool, then take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of the Sleeping Giant, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nadi road trip site.

You can fly from Honiara to Nadi in 6 hours. Traveling from Honiara to Nadi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Honiara in April since evenings lows in Nadi dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ha'apai Islands.

Things to do in Nadi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Ha'apai Islands, Tonga

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with Ha'apai Divers At Matafonua Lodge Resort.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ha'apai Islands tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Nadi to Ha'apai Islands takes 6.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nadi to Ha'apai Islands due to the time zone difference. April in Ha'apai Islands sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Apia.

Things to do in Ha'apai Islands

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Apia, Samoa

— 1 night
The Samoan capital of Apia serves as the first port of call for most visitors, and it plays home to a number of historic sites, a laid-back seaside promenade, and a range of hotels and restaurants keeping tourists entertained.
On the 6th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Waterfall Sauniatu, take an in-depth tour of Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, then don't miss a visit to Apia Town Clock Tower, then pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral, and finally explore the activities along Palolo Deep Marine Reserve.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Apia trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ha'apai Islands to Apia in 14 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Apia

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

— 1 night
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours and then head off the coast to One Foot Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Akaiami, stroll through Aitutaki Lagoon, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Maungapu.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Aitutaki holiday tool.

Traveling by flight from Apia to Aitutaki takes 21 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 23 hours traveling from Apia to Aitutaki. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bora Bora trip itinerary maker website.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Aitutaki to Bora Bora in 12 hours. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Auckland, New Zealand

— 2 nights

City of Sails

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally make a trip to SkyTower.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Auckland trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Auckland takes 12.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Bora Bora to Auckland is 22 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway, Huka Honey Hive, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Auckland in April, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable tour with Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find out how to plan a trip to Queenstown, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Rotorua to Queenstown in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Parks

Australia travel guide

4.7
Beaches · Gardens · Wildlife Areas
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

New Caledonia travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
An archipelago consisting of the sizable Grande Terre as well as a scattering of smaller surrounding islands, New Caledonia has many of the tourist draws characteristic of the South Pacific: long sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, azure lagoons, and coral reefs. It also supports many unique species of plants and animals, such as the tall conifers that tower above the palm trees lining the waterside. Nature lovers on holiday in New Caledonia should head to the lagoon that surrounds Grande Terre: a World Heritage Site and one of the largest lagoons in the world, it is home to countless species of marine life, including endangered dugongs and green sea turtles. The local culture blends French chic and Melanesian warmth, and it is usually a only short walk from the beach to a stylish bar, cafe, or gourmet restaurant.

Vanuatu travel guide

4.4
Waterfalls · Nature & Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling
Composed of 83 rugged islands spread out over a stretch of nearly 1,300 km (810 mi), Vanuatu features a huge diversity of natural environments and cultures. A fusion of British, French, Polynesian, and Melanesian influences, the nation combines devout religious devotion with the slow, relaxed pace of island life. Lush rainforests and thriving coral sanctuaries abound across the island chain and feature a colorful array of native wildlife and plant species that make for fantastic snorkeling, diving, and hiking excursions. Active volcanoes remain among the biggest attractions in Vanuatu, along with the chain's stunning beaches and shimmering blue waters. Despite the nation's harsh volcanic landscapes, rocky coast, and lack of arable land, Vanuatu is a warm and welcoming place to visit, as its people do everything they can to make tourists feel right at home.

Solomon Islands travel guide

3.9
Scuba & Snorkeling · Flea Markets · Ruins
Build your Solomon Islands trip around the many enriching diving experiences available, or plan a relaxing break on a luxuriously sandy and peaceful beach. Witness the vibrant culture of the local people on an eco-friendly guided walk, shopping for locally made handicrafts, and sampling the local cuisine. Solomon Islands still bears the marks of a very different aspect of its history, when some of the most intense fighting in World War II happened here. Learn about this dark chapter through memorials, museums, artifacts, and relics, both on land and under the sea.

Fiji travel guide

4.2
Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas · Outdoor Activities
Located at the heart of the Central Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago of 333 islands and hundreds more tiny islets, many of which are uninhabited. The land masses range from vast Viti Levu, mountainous and covered in green jungle, to private desert islands available for rent. With bountiful sunshine, white sand beaches, tranquil oceans, and lush rainforest, it is no surprise that ecotourism in Fiji thrives. Local culture combines indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian, and European influences in a vibrant mix, with many of the smaller islands still retaining a strong element of traditional island life. Explore the countless pockets of paradise to find your favorite.

Tonga travel guide

3.9
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Nature & Parks
The Friendly Islands
Spread out over 177 islands, Tonga features an incredible array of natural environments and places to visit. "Island time" remains omnipresent in Tonga, and visitors may find that locals are in little hurry in their day-to-day lives. While sightseeing in Tonga, head for the country's three main island groupings--Vava'u, Ha'apai, and Tongatapu--to enjoy a taste of their world-class snorkeling and diving opportunities. Reefs and forests burst with life and lush foliage, and lend themselves well to enjoying the great outdoors, while sun-kissed beaches and idyllic lagoons make for fantastic lazy days along the shore. Alternatively, take advantage of the country's prolific whale-watching industry--frequently ranked among the best on the planet.

Samoa travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · History Museums
Enchanting Samoa and its people boast a legendarily laid-back approach to life, and clocks and set times are merely a formality here. The society remains a proud one, deeply connected to a set of millennia-old traditions known as "Fa'a Samoa"--the Samoan Way. Spread out over two main islands and several smaller landmasses, Samoa is a land of incredible contrasts and natural beauty, home to rocky volcanic mountains and expansive beaches, rugged cliffs and lush rainforests. Visitors on holiday in Samoa can easily spend their time exploring the country's exotic interior and untamed coastal reaches, which offer plenty of wildlife and fantastic landscapes. Alternatively, they can just as readily kick back in sleepy seaside villages, indulging in a full-service resort, or splash around in lagoons and at beaches that hold their place among the world's best.

Cook Islands travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Concerts & Shows · Scuba & Snorkeling
Scattered across a 2,200,000 sq km (849,425 sq mi) zone in the vast Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, the Cook Islands are about as remote a holiday destination as you will find. With their pristine white-sand beaches, tranquil azure lagoons, lush tropical jungles, and teeming coral reefs, the 15 islands seem plucked from a picture postcard of paradise. Relaxation comes first and foremost, for locals as much as tourists, and you will find the laid-back lifestyle of the Cook Islanders as infectious as their warm smiles. As tempting (and fulfilling) as it might be to spend all day swinging lazily in a hammock strung between shady palm trees, plenty of adventures await exploring the idyllic scenery overland, on the waves, and undersea.

French Polynesia travel guide

4.4
Scuba & Snorkeling · Gift & Specialty Shops · Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Spanning an area of the South Pacific as large as Western Europe, French Polynesia includes 118 islands and atolls scattered across the blue ocean. White sand beaches (and pink and black) skirt rugged island peaks, while magnificent coral reefs form tranquil lagoons, dyed a startling blue and teeming with fish, eels, dolphins, rays, turtles, and sharks. The names Tahiti and Bora Bora conjure up images of private thatched bungalows built out over a lagoon, and couples silhouetted against the sunset. That said, a wide range of family-run hotels and bed and breakfasts offer less extravagant (and surprisingly affordable) experiences that take in more of the laid-back local culture.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.