17 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

17 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

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17 days in South Pacific & Europe Itinerary

Start: Chennai, India
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Taupo, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  38​h
5
Bantham, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
6
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Chennai, India

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa as well as St Peter's Anglican Church. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Anglican Church, get interesting insight from Tours, and then soothe aching muscles at Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, stop by The Barn, then learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally view the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown day trip tool .

Chennai, India to Queenstown is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Chennai to Queenstown, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Spas
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

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.
On the 4th (Tue), take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, then enjoy the sand and surf at Oriental Bay, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. December in Wellington sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors Beaches Nature
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Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

1
night
Taupo, New Zealand

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stroll through Kinloch Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Lava Glass, then look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls tracks.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Taupo day trip planning tool .

Getting from Wellington to Taupo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Honey Hive ©
Huka Honey Hive

2
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.
On the 6th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop, and then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, then take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia online attractions planner .

Getting from Taupo to Paihia by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bantham.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Haruru Falls ©
Haruru Falls

2
nights
Bantham, United Kingdom

Bantham ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): kick back and relax at Bigbury-on-Sea Beach and then stroll through Hope Cove Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bantham trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Paihia to Bantham. Traveling from Paihia to Bantham, you'll gain 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Bantham

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Bigbury-on-Sea Beach, Hope Cove Beach
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Hope Cove Beach ©
Hope Cove Beach
Bigbury-on-Sea Beach ©
Bigbury-on-Sea Beach

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Delirium has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get a taste of local nightlife at Delirium. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Atomium, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then don't miss a visit to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bantham to Brussels. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bantham to Brussels due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

4
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Halaszbastya and Hősök tere. Popular historic sites such as St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Matthias Church are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at University Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, and appreciate the history behind Shoes on the Danube.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest visit planning site .

You can fly from Brussels to Budapest in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brussels in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Budapest, with lows of -1°C. On the 16th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Nature
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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