29 days in South Pacific Itinerary

29 days in South Pacific Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific trip planner

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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Drive to Queenstown International Airport, Fly to Auckland International Airport, Drive to Manukau
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Manukau, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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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.
Bring the kids along to Royal Botanic Gardens and Balloon Rides. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at St. Kilda Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Melbourne trip planner.

Algiers, Algeria to Melbourne is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Algiers to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Algiers in January, expect Melbourne to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Here are some ideas for day two: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown road trip planning tool.

Fly from Melbourne to Queenstown in 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 5 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. Change things up with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound (about 1h 5 min away). On the 23rd (Sat), hike the day away at Kepler Track. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Ivan Wilson Park, head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Manukau.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:

Manukau, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Manukau City is a former territorial authority district in Auckland, New Zealand, that was governed by the Manukau City Council. You've now added Escape Masters MANUKAU to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): walk around Ambury Regional Park, identify plant and animal life at Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Ayrlies Garden & Wetlands. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Rainbow's End Theme Park and then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Masters MANUKAU.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Manukau journey builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Manukau. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Manukau

Theme Parks · Parks · Fun & Games · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:

Taupo, New Zealand

— 4 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.
Attractions like Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Boat Tours & Water Sports make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: hike along Huka Falls Walkway, see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, stop by Huka Honey Hive, and find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Taupo tour builder.

Drive from Manukau to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Zipline and Te Puia will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, get interesting insight from Tours, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Rotorua trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:

Paihia, New Zealand

— 3 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Action World, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church, and take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Rotorua to Paihia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:

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.
Bring the kids along to Bondi to Coogee Walk and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a stroll through The Rocks, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sydney online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Sydney takes 8 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In February, daytime highs in Sydney are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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