60 days in Oceania Itinerary

60 days in Oceania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Oceania attractions planner

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Port Douglas, Australia
— 1 night
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Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sydney, Australia
— 10 nights
Fly
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Drive
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Melbourne
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Melbourne, Australia
— 6 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.
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Port Douglas tour builder.

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is 10 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Port Douglas reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see ratings and tourist information, read our Cairns trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cairns are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 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 · Parks
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Sydney, Australia

— 10 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.
Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge), Katoomba (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, The Three Sisters, &more) and Leura (Everglades House & Gardens & Leura Mall). Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge, and explore the striking landscape at Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Sydney takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, Sydney is little chillier than Cairns - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Sydney

Side Trips

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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.
Spend a day of island exploring on the 10th (Mon) at Urupukapuka Island. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and trek along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paihia day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Paihia takes 8.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Auckland, New Zealand

— 1 night

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 11th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Auckland travel route builder app.

You can fly from Paihia to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Auckland, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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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, trek along Ruakuri Walk, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves holiday maker.

Drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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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: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get outside with White Striker Charters, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo road trip app.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

— 6 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 25th (Tue), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 28th (Fri), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Active Outdoor Adventures, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, hike along Taranaki Falls, and explore the activities along Tama Lakes.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park day trip site.

Traveling by shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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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: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip tool.

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 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks
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Fox Glacier, New Zealand

— 4 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
When in Fox Glacier, make a side trip to see Sealy Tarns Track in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), approximately Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) away. There's still lots to do: hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, stroll through Moraine Walk, view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier trip planner.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

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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 9th (Wed), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. On the 8th (Tue), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, trek along Gertrude Saddle, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Te Anau travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Te Anau by bus takes about 10 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Melbourne, Australia

— 6 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 14th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, walk around Fitzroy Gardens, and see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Melbourne in 8.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Te Anau to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Melbourne are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 19th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Museums
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