30 days in Oceania Itinerary

30 days in Oceania Itinerary

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Train to Barcelona, Fly to Cairns
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Port Douglas, Australia
— 2 nights
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Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): stop by Coffee Works Port Douglas, view the masterpieces at Ngarru Gallery, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at The Deep Retreat : Deep Yoga Studio : Deep Pilates Studio, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Port Douglas Court House Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then do a tasting at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, and finally take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary planner.

Madrid, Spain to Port Douglas is an approximately 28-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Madrid to Port Douglas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madrid in November, expect Port Douglas to be warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Baths

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:

Cairns, Australia

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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You can drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in Cairns sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Paihia.

Things to do in Cairns

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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 7th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, hike along Hongi Hika Walk, steep yourself in history at KeriKeri New Zealand, then pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Akeake Historic Reserve Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): stop by Paihia Bookshop, then steep yourself in history at Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, then contemplate the long history of Pompallier Mission and Printery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia holiday maker tool.

Getting from Cairns to Paihia by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Paihia. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, push the limits with an extreme tour, then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and finally admire the natural beauty at Government Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, then contemplate the long history of Te Puia, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rotorua travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Rotorua takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:

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.
On the 11th (Thu), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, then look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Taupo Museum, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Taupo itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

— 3 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Active Outdoor Adventures and Mount Ruapehu. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ohakune Old Coach Road and Te Porere Redoubt. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes and admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:

Wellington, New Zealand

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Wellington visit app.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Wellington by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in Wellington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 16:

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): push the limits with an extreme tour, then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:

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.
Popular historic sites such as The Rocks and Government House are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Sydney Opera House and Chinese Garden of Friendship. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Darling Harbour, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at White Rabbit Gallery.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Sydney by flight takes about 6 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in November, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Side Trip

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Melbourne, Australia

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Melbourne Museum and Wine Tours & Tastings. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in November, plan for little chillier nights in Melbourne, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

— 3 nights
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uluru and Walpa Gorge. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuniya Walk, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, and explore the activities along Mutitjulu Waterhole.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park route planner.

You can fly from Melbourne to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for much warmer days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with highs around 41°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29: