51 days in Asia, South Pacific & United States Itinerary

51 days in Asia, South Pacific & United States Itinerary

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51 days in Asia, South Pacific & United States Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Singapore, Singapore
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
2
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Brisbane, Australia
— 15 nights
Drive:  22​h
4
Cairns, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
5
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Auckland, New Zealand
— 10 nights
Drive:  8​h
7
Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
ferry:  3​h 30​min
8
Picton, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
10
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 day
Fly:  29​h 30​min
11
Avarua, Cook Islands
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​min
12
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
13
Muri, Cook Islands
— Few hours
Fly:  9​h 30​min
14
Los Angeles, United States
— 1 day
Fly:  11​h
End: Zurich, Switzerland

3
nights
Singapore, Singapore

Singapore ©
A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Get in touch with nature at MacRitchie Nature Trail and City Scoot. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at East Coast Park and The Southern Ridges. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Chinatown, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, get to know the resident critters at Singapore Zoo, and have some family-friendly fun at Flight Experience Flight Simulator.

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Zurich, Switzerland to Singapore is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Zurich to Singapore. Traveling from Zurich in October, things will get much hotter in Singapore: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Singapore

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
MacRitchie Nature Trail ©
MacRitchie Nature Trail
East Coast Park ©
East Coast Park
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

2
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 off the beaten path and head to Muriwai Gannet Colony and Orewa Beach. Get outdoors at Browns Bay Beach and Mount Eden. Explore Auckland's surroundings by going to Matakana (Matakana War Memorial & Matakana Beach Outfitters), Snells Beach (in Warkworth) and Karekare Falls (in Karekare). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at St. Helier's Bay, hike along Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, stop by Pauanesia, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bethells Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Singapore to Auckland takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in October, things will get much colder in Auckland: highs are around 17°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Matakana, Muriwai Gannet Colony, Snells Beach, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Villa Maria Auckland Winery
Highlights from your plan
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Snells Beach ©
Snells Beach

15
nights
Brisbane, Australia

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mooloolaba Beach and Bulcock Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mount Coolum. Get out of town with these interesting Brisbane side-trips: Maroochydore Beach (in Maroochydore), Kondalilla Falls (in Montville) and Buderim Forest Park (in Buderim). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, stroll around Laurel Bank Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Woorim Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Brisbane day trip planner.

Fly from Auckland to Brisbane in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Auckland to Brisbane, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Brisbane: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Toowoomba, Bribie Island, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Tamborine Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Bulcock Beach ©
Bulcock Beach

1
night
Cairns, Australia

Cairns ©
A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Crystal Cascades, then identify plant and animal life at Cattana Wetlands, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Monica's Cathedral.

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You can fly from Brisbane to Cairns in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in November; daily highs in Cairns reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Tue) before leaving for Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Red Arrow Walk, Cattana Wetlands, Crystal Cascades
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cascades ©
Crystal Cascades
Cattana Wetlands ©
Cattana Wetlands
St Monica's Cathedral ©
St Monica's Cathedral

3
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.
On the 5th (Tue), see a show at Sydney Opera House. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap Park, trek along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, kick back and relax at Clovelly Beach, then stroll through Shelly Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney journey maker tool .

Getting from Cairns to Sydney by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in November: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Auckland.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Katoomba, Wentworth Falls, Bilpin Cider Company, Shelly Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

10
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
Visit Rotoroa Island and Omaha Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Rangitoto Island and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Warkworth (Horse Riding Warkworth, Goat Island Marine Reserve, & more), Mangawhai (Fishing Charters & Tours & Mangawhai Walkway) and Nikau Cave (in Waikaretu). See some other sides of Auckland: step off the mainland to explore Hauraki Gulf, explore the landscape on two wheels at Hauraki Rail Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Karekare Beach, and enjoy some diversion at Wild on Waiheke.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Auckland using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Auckland takes 7 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Auckland is 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Warkworth, Waiheke Island, Auckland Region, Mangawhai, Woodhill Mountain Bike Park
Highlights from your plan
Tawharanui Regional Park ©
Tawharanui Regional Park
Goat Island Marine Reserve ©
Goat Island Marine Reserve
Rangitoto Island ©
Rangitoto Island

1
night
Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Wellington when traveling from Auckland in November, with lows around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Tours

3
nights
Picton, New Zealand

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Tirohanga Track, do a tasting at Nautilus Estate, see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre, then identify plant and animal life at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally get outside with Sounds Air.

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Getting from Wellington to Picton by car takes about 3.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Picton are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Christchurch.

Things to do in Picton

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Renwick
Highlights from your plan
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): stroll around Groynes, take in the dramatic natural features at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), then wander the streets of Port Hills, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Corsair Bay, and finally don't miss a visit to Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip planner .

Fly from Picton to Christchurch in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Picton in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Christchurch, with lows around 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Auckland.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
Port Hills ©
Port Hills

1
day
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Mission Bay Beach and then kick back and relax at Takapuna Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Auckland tour planning app .

Getting from Christchurch to Auckland by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Avarua.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Mission Bay Beach ©
Mission Bay Beach

3
nights
Avarua, Cook Islands

Avarua ©
Take a break from the city and head to Black Rock Beach and Te Rua Manga (The Needle). Discover out-of-the-way places like Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Punanga Nui, steep yourself in history at Wreck of the Matai, take in the exciting artwork at The Art Studio, and admire all the interesting features of Hospital Hill Lookout.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Avarua online tour planner .

Fly from Auckland to Avarua in 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Cook Is. Time (CKT) is minus 22 hours. Traveling from Auckland in November, expect Avarua to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Avarua

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Rarotonga, Arorangi
Highlights from your plan
Rarotonga Golf Club ©
Rarotonga Golf Club
Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) ©
Te Rua Manga (The Needle) ©
Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

3
nights
Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki ©
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Get outdoors at Aitutaki Lagoon and One Foot Island. You'll discover tucked-away gems like O'otu Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Maungapu, stop by T & S Artworx, head outdoors with Akaiami, and admire the natural beauty at Aitutaki Secret Garden.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Aitutaki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Avarua to Aitutaki takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Muri.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Aitutaki Lagoon ©
Aitutaki Lagoon
One Foot Island ©
One Foot Island
O'otu Beach ©
O'otu Beach

few
hours
Muri, Cook Islands

Muri
Raratonga's lagoon measures widest and deepest around Muri, attracting large numbers of tourists to swim, snorkel, dive, and boat in the turquoise water filled with tropical sea life.
To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Muri road trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aitutaki to Muri. November in Muri sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 29th (Fri), you're off toLos Angeles.

Things to do in Muri

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

1
day
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Redondo Beach, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles visit planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Muri to Los Angeles. The time zone changes from Cook Is. Time (CKT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In November, Los Angeles is slightly colder than Muri - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Redondo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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