60 days in Oceania Itinerary

60 days in Oceania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Oceania vacation planner

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Port Douglas, Australia
— 1 night
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Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Melbourne
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Melbourne, Australia
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef. On the next day, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Port Douglas itinerary planner.

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 10 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Port Douglas at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Cairns, Australia

— 3 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.
Spend the 24th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 25th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

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Drive from Port Douglas to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Sydney, Australia

— 6 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Shelly Beach in Manly (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy breathtaking views from Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and stroll through Bondi Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney road trip planning app.

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cairns in December; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 1:

Paihia, New Zealand

— 5 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 find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Omata Estate (in Russell) and Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Anglican Church, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Paihia itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Paihia takes 8.5 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

Auckland, New Zealand

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, look for gifts at Pauanesia, and then make a trip to SkyTower. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, then enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Paihia to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Tours · Wineries
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

— 3 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.
Waitomo Caves is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Piripiri Cave Walk, get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Getting from Auckland to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 5 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.
When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera, approximately Hinuera away. Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get engrossed in the history at Rotorua Museum, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and experience rural life at Agrodome.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:

Taupo, New Zealand

— 5 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: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Taupo road trip planning app.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

— 5 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 22nd (Sat), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, trek along Silica Rapids Track, stroll through Horsemtrails, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park online route planner.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Queenstown.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 5 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, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Queenstown in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:

Fox Glacier, New Zealand

— 5 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fox Glacier: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Glencoe Walk & Sealy Tarns Track). And it doesn't end there: hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, stroll through Moraine Walk, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, and go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Fox Glacier day trip site.

Drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 5:

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 7th (Mon), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring at Doubtful Sound. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, stroll through Routeburn Track, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau online travel planner.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Te Anau by bus takes about 10 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 11:

Melbourne, Australia

— 7 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.
Take a break from Melbourne with a short trip to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay, about 1h 35 min away. Dedicate the 14th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll around Fitzroy Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Kilda Beach, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Melbourne travel site.

Getting from Te Anau to Melbourne by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Te Anau to Melbourne is minus 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Melbourne are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 18: