44 days in Oceania Itinerary

44 days in Oceania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Oceania trip itinerary builder

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Port Douglas, Australia
— 1 night
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Cairns, Australia
— 1 night
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Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Taxi to Whangarei Airport, Fly to Hamilton Airport, Taxi to Waitomo Caves
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Melbourne
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— 5 nights
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Port Douglas, Australia

— 1 night
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 20th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Port Douglas planning site.

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get much hotter in Port Douglas: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Spas

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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.
On the 22nd (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns day trip planning tool.

Getting from Port Douglas to Cairns by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

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Sydney, Australia

— 5 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: listen to music at Sydney Opera House, take in panoramic vistas at Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, visit Darling Harbour, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip maker website.

Fly from Cairns to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cairns in December, with highs in Sydney at 32°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Paihia.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Paihia, New Zealand

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Phantom Sailing). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get in on the family fun at Action World, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and tee off at Waitangi Golf Club.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paihia trip website.

You can fly from Sydney to Paihia in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Sydney to Paihia, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, Head underground at Caveworld, and then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip builder tool.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, explore the world behind art at Rotorua Museum, and explore and take pictures at Te Puia.

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Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and explore the activities along Lake Taupo.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo vacation planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 11th (Tue), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, hike along Rotopounamu Track, and stroll through Ridge Track.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park day trip website.

You can take a shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 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.
On the 16th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January in Wellington, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 4 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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Queenstown tour planning site.

Getting from Wellington to Queenstown by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:

Te Anau, New Zealand

— 6 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 22nd (Sat), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. On the 24th (Mon), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, hike along Lake Marian Track, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 26:

Melbourne, Australia

— 5 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 29th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Melbourne tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Melbourne takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Te Anau to Melbourne, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Melbourne are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You will leave for home on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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