60 days in South Pacific Itinerary

60 days in South Pacific Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific trip itinerary planner

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly to Hokitika, Bus to Fox Glacier
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Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 7 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Kerikeri
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 6 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand

— 3 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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, do a tasting at Foxes Island, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Auckland journey planner.

San Diego, USA to Auckland is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 20 hours. Traveling from San Diego in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 72°F in Auckland. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, Head underground at Caveworld, Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk. On your second day here, take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves vacation planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 5 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.
Step out of Rotorua with an excursion to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the masterpieces at Rotorua Museum, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rotorua trip app.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, New Zealand

— 5 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, get interesting insight from Tours, take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Taupo road trip planning app.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 4th (Thu), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 5th (Fri), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. There's still lots to do: trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit, tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, and explore and take pictures at Ohakune Old Coach Road.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park holiday planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Wellington, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Harbour Capital

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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, hike along Catchpool Loop Walk, and take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Wellington sightseeing website.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in March, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, New Zealand

— 4 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fox Glacier: Sentinel Rock Walk (in Franz Josef) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Kea Point Track, Glencoe Walk, &more). There's much more to do: trek along Franz Josef Glacier, take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Wellington to Fox Glacier by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 5 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.
On the 19th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. There's much more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Queenstown day trip site.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 7 nights
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Te Anau: Milford Sound (Bowen Falls & Milford sound Hwy). Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 24th (Wed), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, and stroll through Lake 2 Lake Trail.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau trip app.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Paihia, New Zealand

— 6 nights
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paihia: Whangarei (Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve & Bream Head Coast Walks). Spend a day of island exploring on the 29th (Mon) at Urupukapuka Island. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, trek along Kerikeri River Track, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia in 8.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Sydney, Australia

— 5 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, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Walk, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip planning website.

You can fly from Paihia to Sydney in 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in April, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Melbourne, Australia

— 6 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo in Werribee (about 42 minutes away). Dedicate the 12th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Exhibition Building, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in April: high temperatures in Melbourne hover around 68°F and lows are around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cairns, Australia

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then let little ones run wild at Muddy's Playground.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns online tour planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in April, expect nights in Cairns to be much hotter, around 72°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 85°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks