60 days in South Pacific Itinerary

60 days in South Pacific Itinerary

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60 days in South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + Shuttle:  29 h
1
Port Douglas, Australia
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Cairns, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
7
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
8
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  8 h
9
Paihia, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
10
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 8 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Ferry:  16 h
11
Vaitape, French Polynesia
— 4 nights
Ferry + Fly:  21 h
End: Toronto, Canada

4
nights
Port Douglas, Australia

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Port Douglas: Myall Beach (in Cape Tribulation), Photography Tours (in Daintree) and Diwan (Alexandra Bay Waterfall & Daintree Entomological museum). There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Mossman Gorge Centre, get outside with Horses in Port, and meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Port Douglas day trip app .

Toronto, Canada to Port Douglas is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Port Douglas is 15 hours. In February, Port Douglas is much hotter than Toronto - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Photography Tours, Mossman Gorge Centre, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

5
nights
Cairns, Australia

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Atherton Tablelands. Change things up with a short trip to Palm Cove Beach in Palm Cove (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along The Blue Arrow Circuit, and explore the activities along Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cairns online trip builder .

Take a bus from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in February, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Barron Gorge National Park, Centenary Lakes - Cairns Botanic Gardens, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Take a break from the city and head to Uluru and Walpa Gorge. There's much more to do: trek along Kuniya Walk, contemplate the waterfront views at Mutitjulu Waterhole, get all the information you need at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungkata Walk.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holiday planning app .

You can fly from Cairns to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cairns in February, expect nights in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 43°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uluru ©
Uluru
Kuniya Walk ©
Kuniya Walk
Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bondi to Coogee Walk and Manly Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls) and Perry's Lookdown (in Blackheath). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, listen to music at Sydney Opera House, trek along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney holiday planner.

You can fly from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in February, you will find days in Sydney are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Wentworth Falls, Perry's Lookdown, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Highlights from your plan
Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach

5
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get outdoors at Zipline and Queenstown Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Mount Aspiring National Park in Wanaka (about 2 hours away). The adventure continues: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Queenstown travel app .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Queenstown takes 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Mount Aspiring National Park
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Mount Aspiring National Park ©
Mount Aspiring National Park
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

4
nights
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Step out of the city life by going to Franz Josef Glacier and Gillespies Beach. There's still lots to do: trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef
Highlights from your plan
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

4
nights
Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Get outdoors at Hooker Valley Track and Mueller Hut Route. Step out of Mt. Cook Village to go to Lake Tekapo and see Lake Tekapo, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, trek along Red Tarns Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kea Point Track, and hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mt. Cook Village online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Fox Glacier to Mt. Cook Village in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Tekapo
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

6
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Milford Sound and Kepler Track. On the 9th (Mon), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. On the 11th (Wed), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn, and trek along Dusky Track.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Te Anau itinerary maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

5
nights
Paihia, New Zealand

Paihia ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Parasailing & Paragliding. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi), Whangarei (Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve & Bream Head Coast Walks) and Tapeka Point Track (in Russell). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Whangarei, Tapeka Point Track, Tane Mahuta Walk
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

8
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua ©
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.
Get outdoors at Huka Falls Walkway and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Honey Hive, Taupo Rod & Tackle, & more), Waitomo Caves (Ruakuri Walk & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Turangi). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Rotorua online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Paihia to Rotorua by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Rotorua are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Vaitape.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Caves, River Rafting & Tubing, Whakaari White Island Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zipline

4
nights
Vaitape, French Polynesia

Vaitape ©
Perched at the foot of Bora Bora's emerald peak, by the side of the deep blue central lagoon, Vaitape is breathtakingly beautiful.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mount Otemanu will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Matira Beach, look for gifts at Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls -Bora Bora, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and see the vivid underwater world at Tupitipiti Point.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Vaitape online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Rotorua to Vaitape in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Rotorua to Vaitape is minus 22 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vaitape

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Bora Bora
Highlights from your plan
Mount Otemanu ©
Mount Otemanu
Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Tupitipiti Point ©
Tupitipiti Point