60 days in Oceania Itinerary

60 days in Oceania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Oceania attractions planner
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
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Lord Howe Island, Australia
— 2 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

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Miami, USA to Rotorua is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 17 hours. February in Rotorua sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.
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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, theme parks, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, explore the activities along Lake Taupo, don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, and stroll around Huka Prawn Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand — 5 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 13th (Mon), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 14th (Tue), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. And it doesn't end there: trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk, and go for a walk through Mead's Wall.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand — 3 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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, surround yourself with nature on Spellbound, snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves day trip planner.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Wellington.
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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.
When in Wellington, make a side trip to see Southward Car Museum in Paraparaumu, approximately Paraparaumu away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and steep yourself in history at Katherine Mansfield House and Garden.

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Traveling by flight from Waitomo Caves to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).
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You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Mount Fox Route, Fox Glacier South Side Walk, &more).

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) attractions planning website.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Te Anau.
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Te Anau, New Zealand — 6 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 2nd (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 3rd (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, trek along The Chasm Walk, and identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau sightseeing planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.
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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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, race across the water with a speed boat tour, explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Queenstown tour planning website.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Paihia.
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Whangarei (Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve & Bream Head Coast Walks) and Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Tapeka Point Track). Spend a day of island exploring on the 11th (Sat) at Urupukapuka Island. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get great views at Opua Forest Lookout Track, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia online day trip planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Paihia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Melbourne.
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Melbourne, Australia — 5 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 20th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Melbourne Zoo, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Melbourne trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Melbourne takes 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in March, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.
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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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, visit The Rocks, kick back and relax at Bondi Beach, and wander the streets of Darling Harbour.

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You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in March, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can fly 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 28th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower, then hike along Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lord Howe Island trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Lord Howe Island takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Lord Howe Island is 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Cairns.
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Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:

Cairns, Australia — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Billy Tea Safaris.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cairns online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Lord Howe Island to Cairns in 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Lord Howe Island to Cairns. In March, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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