36 days in South Pacific Itinerary

36 days in South Pacific Itinerary

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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Bus
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive to Auckland International Airport, Fly to Lord Howe Island
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Lord Howe Island, Australia
— 2 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Leura, Australia
— 2 nights
Train to Sydney, Fly to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 3 nights
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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.
Dedicate the 12th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Melbourne journey planning site.

Barcelona, Spain to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Barcelona to Melbourne, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Barcelona in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Melbourne, with lows of 9°C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Te Anau.
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Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:

Te Anau, New Zealand — 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Bowen Falls about 1 hour away. Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, explore the landscape on two wheels at Lake 2 Lake Trail, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Te Anau trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Melbourne to Te Anau takes 8.5 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.
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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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Queenstown route planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Taupo.
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Taupo, New Zealand — 2 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.
On the 23rd (Sun), find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, hike along Huka Falls Walkway, then take in nature's colorful creations at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Taupo trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Taupo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rotorua.
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Rotorua, New Zealand — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, push the limits with an extreme tour, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and finally take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. On your second day here, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua itinerary planner.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then surround yourself with nature on Spellbound, and then hike along Ruakuri Walk.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves tour planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lord Howe Island.
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Lord Howe Island, Australia — 2 nights

Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): trek along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Gower. On the next day, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lagoon Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ned's Beach.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Lord Howe Island holiday planning site.

Explore your travel options from Waitomo Caves to Lord Howe Island with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Lord Howe Standard Time is minus 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.
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Sydney, Australia — 4 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, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sydney day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Lord Howe Island to Sydney takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Lord Howe Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. October in Sydney sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Leura.
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Leura, Australia — 2 nights

Leura is a suburb in the City of Blue Mountains local government area that is located west of the Sydney central business district in New South Wales, Australia. On the 4th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at The Campbell Rhododendron Gardens, make a trip to Gallery Blackheath, don't miss a visit to Day Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Wentworth Falls Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Everglades House & Gardens, then appreciate the history behind The Road Builders Memorial, then take some stellar pictures from The Three Sisters, and finally scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Leura trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Sydney to Leura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Leura are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia — 3 nights

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.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Uluru, get advice or help at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, go for a walk through Mala Walk, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Leura to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Leura to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Leura in November, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 41°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Cairns.
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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 9th (Wed): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally hike along Esplanade Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cairns journey maker site.

Traveling by flight from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in November: highs in Cairns hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.
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Port Douglas, Australia — 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and then get great views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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