29 days in Oceania Itinerary

29 days in Oceania Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
— 3 nights
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Sigatoka, Fiji
— 2 nights
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Nadi, Fiji
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Melbourne, Australia

— 4 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: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Melbourne trip itinerary builder app.

London, UK to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Melbourne. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from London in July: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Sydney, Australia

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sydney side-trips: Lennox Bridge (in Blaxland), Wentworth Falls (Wentworth Falls Lookout & Falls Gallery) and Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge). Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney tour itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Sydney, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Queenstown to Cardrona to see UnderDog Sled Dog Tours about 54 minutes away. On the 29th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's lots more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Queenstown road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Queenstown takes 6 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Honey Hive, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Rotorua in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. August in Rotorua sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Auckland, New Zealand

— 1 night

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.
On the 6th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland journey planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rotorua in August: highs in Auckland hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nuku'alofa.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

— 3 nights
The capital of Tonga and the seat of the island nation's royal family, Nuku'alofa was first seen by Western eyes in 1777, when legendary Captain James Cook arrived in the area.
Step out of Nuku'alofa to go to Haveluliku and see Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ha'atafu Beach, pick up some local products at Talamahu Markets, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes, and soothe aching muscles at Island Glow.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nuku'alofa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Nuku'alofa takes 7 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Auckland to Nuku'alofa due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in August, plan for much hotter days in Nuku'alofa, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Sigatoka.

Things to do in Nuku'alofa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigatoka, Fiji

— 2 nights
Located at the western end of Coral Coast, with its long sheltered beaches and popular surf spots, Sigatoka is best known for its immediate surroundings than for the town itself.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): look for gifts at Baravi Handcrafts, then discover the deep blue sea with Diveaway Fiji, and then kick back and relax at Natadola Beach. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Off-Road Cave Safari.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sigatoka trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nuku'alofa to Sigatoka in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Tonga Standard Time (TOT) to Fiji Standard Time (FJT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Nuku'alofa in August, you will find days in Sigatoka are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Nadi.

Things to do in Sigatoka

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Nadi, Fiji

— 2 nights
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
On the 12th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool, then admire the natural beauty at Garden of the Sleeping Giant, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Denarau Golf and Racquet Club and then head outdoors with Scuba Bula Dive Centre.

Before you visit Nadi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Sigatoka to Nadi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nadi

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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 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.

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.

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.