16 days in Oceania Itinerary

16 days in Oceania Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Fly
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Papeete, French Polynesia
— 1 night
Fly
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Fatu Hiva, French Polynesia
— 1 night
Fly to Nuku Hiva, Taxi to Taiohae
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Taiohae, French Polynesia
— 1 night
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Taxi to Nuku Hiva, Fly to Papeete, Ferry to Moorea, Drive to Moorea
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Moorea, French Polynesia
— 5 nights
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Drive to Moorea, Ferry to Papeete/Tahiti, Fly to Auckland

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Auckland, New Zealand — 6 nights

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Popular historic sites such as Manukau Heads Lighthouse and Matakana War Memorial are in your itinerary. Visiting Orewa Beach and Muriwai Gannet Colony will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Warkworth (Horse Riding Warkworth, Of Hand & Heart, &more), Minniesdale Chapel (in Wharehine) and Waipu Scottish Migration Museum (in Waipu). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Browns Bay Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, get engrossed in the history at Bohemian Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland planning app.

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In July, daytime highs in Auckland are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Papeete.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
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Papeete, French Polynesia — 1 night

The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tahiti and the Islands and then take in nature's colorful creations at The Water Gardens of Vaipahi. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Tahiti Pearl Market, then steep yourself in history at James Norman Hall Home, then take in the dramatic scenery at Faarumai Waterfalls, and finally explore the striking landscape at Point Venus.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Papeete trip planner.

Getting from Auckland to Papeete by flight takes about 8.5 hours. You'll gain 22 hours traveling from Auckland to Papeete due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Auckland, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Papeete, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Fatu Hiva.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Fatu Hiva, French Polynesia — 1 night

On the 25th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Bay of Virgins (Baie de Vierges).

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Traveling by flight from Papeete to Fatu Hiva takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Taiohae.
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Taiohae, French Polynesia — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Taiohae trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Fatu Hiva to Taiohae takes 5.5 hours. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Moorea.
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Moorea, French Polynesia — 5 nights

On the tattered triangle of Mo'orea, green peaks and ridges jut up out of the flat, fertile valleys.
Step off the beaten path and head to Temae Beach and Eva Perles Pearl Buying. Get a sense of the local culture at Route des Ananas and Tiki Village Cultural Center. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Moorea Tropical Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Magic Mountain, experience rural life at Lycee Agricole Opunohu, and make a trip to Toatea Lookout.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Moorea online trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, ferry, and car from Taiohae to Moorea in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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Tahiti travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Flea Markets · Safaris
The largest and probably best-known of the French Polynesian islands, Tahiti remains synonymous with turquoise coral lagoons, lush tropical vegetation, and palm-fringed beaches of black, volcanic sand. Tall, green mountains rise out of the blue ocean, lined with deep valleys, foaming waterfalls, and tumbling streams. Settlements skirt the island, including French Polynesia's small but vibrant capital Pape'ete, where colorful architecture, a bustling market, and smiling locals generate a great deal of charm. Top things to do here include exploring the island's rugged interior, as well as experiencing the traditional culture through archeological sites and hip-shaking music and dance.
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Nuku Hiva travel guide

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Churches · Monuments · Scuba & Snorkeling