30 days in South Pacific Itinerary

30 days in South Pacific Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific trip planner

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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Melbourne
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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 1 night
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand

— 4 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.
Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton). There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary app.

Toronto, Canada to Rotorua is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Rotorua, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in November, you will find days in Rotorua are much warmer (23°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): hike along Huka Falls Walkway, then take in nature's colorful creations at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo tour planning app.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

— 4 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. On the 9th (Tue), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Tama Lakes, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, trek along Silica Rapids Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Taranaki Falls.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Paihia.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:

Paihia, New Zealand

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with Phantom Sailing and then tee off at Waitangi Golf Club. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paihia Harbour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia online day trip planner.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Paihia by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 2 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 15th (Mon), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, stroll through Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Queenstown takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:

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.
On the 18th (Thu), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kepler Track, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

Plan my day in Te Anau using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 20:

Melbourne, Australia

— 3 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 22nd (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, make a trip to Flinders Street Station, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip maker app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Melbourne in 8.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Te Anau to Melbourne. November in Melbourne sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:

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, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach, and snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sydney road trip site.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sydney, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 27:

Cairns, Australia

— 1 night

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 28th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cairns day trip website.

Fly from Sydney to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Cairns: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

Port Douglas, Australia

— 2 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.
On the 29th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas attractions planning website.

Getting from Cairns to Port Douglas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Tue).

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:
Highlights from your trip