60 days in Oceania Itinerary

60 days in Oceania Itinerary

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Apia, Samoa
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Neiafu, Tonga
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Sigatoka, Fiji
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Port Vila, Vanuatu
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Honiara, Solomon Islands
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Cairns, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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Apia, Samoa

— 5 nights
The Samoan capital of Apia serves as the first port of call for most visitors, and it plays home to a number of historic sites, a laid-back seaside promenade, and a range of hotels and restaurants keeping tourists entertained.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral and Baha'i House of Worship, Tiapapata, Samoa. Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and Plantation House Samoa will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Apia's surroundings by going to To Sua Ocean Trench (in Lotofaga), Lalomanu Beach (in Lalomanu) and Pure Ocean Dive & Water sports (in Mulifanua). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Salamumu Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lefaga Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Apia road trip site.

Toronto, Canada to Apia is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Apia, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Neiafu.

Things to do in Apia

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 7:

Neiafu, Tonga

— 1 night
On the 8th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mt Talau and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with Dolphin Pacific Diving and Whale Watching.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Neiafu trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Apia to Neiafu in 6 hours. September in Neiafu sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can fly to Sigatoka.

Things to do in Neiafu

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Sigatoka, Fiji

— 4 nights
Located at the western end of Coral Coast, with its long sheltered beaches and popular surf spots, Sigatoka is best known for its immediate surroundings than for the town itself.
Step off the beaten path and head to Off-Road Cave Safari and Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Shark Diving. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and kick back and relax at Natadola Beach.

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Fly from Neiafu to Sigatoka in 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Tonga Standard Time (TOT) to Fiji Standard Time (FJT) is minus 1 hour. In September in Sigatoka, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can fly to Port Vila.

Things to do in Sigatoka

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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Find places to stay Sep 8 — 12:

Port Vila, Vanuatu

— 2 nights
The capital of Vanuatu and the largest settlement on Efate, Port Vila plays home to a number of busy markets, cafes, bars, and restaurants catering to the tourism industry.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then explore the activities along Blue Lagoon. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then admire the sheer force of Evergreen Cascades Waterfall.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Port Vila tour itinerary builder site.

Getting from Sigatoka to Port Vila by flight takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Sigatoka to Port Vila, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Port Vila can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Honiara.

Things to do in Port Vila

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Honiara, Solomon Islands

— 2 nights
The hustle and bustle of Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands, provides a nice counterpoint to the slow pace and laid-back atmosphere in other areas of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): stroll through Tenaru Falls and then cast your line with Ripples Boat Charters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Bonegi I and II.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Honiara trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Port Vila to Honiara takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Port Vila in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in Honiara, with lows of 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Cairns.

Things to do in Honiara

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Cairns, Australia

— 7 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mossman Gorge Centre and Palm Cove Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda), Daintree National Park (in Cape Tribulation) and Port Douglas (Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas & Boat Tours & Water Sports). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Michaelmas Cay, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Cairns attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Honiara to Cairns takes 10.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Solomon Islands Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Honiara in September, Cairns is colder at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 23:

Brisbane, Australia

— 5 nights

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Take a break from the city and head to Burleigh Heads Beach and Coolangatta Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Mooloolaba Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Brisbane: Kings Beach (in Caloundra), Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve (in Maleny) and Byron Bay (Cape Byron Walking Track & Spas). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Gallery of Modern Art, stroll around Roma Street Parkland, and take some stellar pictures from Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Brisbane online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cairns in September: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 28:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sydney Opera House and Art Gallery of New South Wales. Visiting Blue Mountains and Bondi Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Sydney are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 4:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Wildlife Coast Cruises and St. Kilda Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Patrick's Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: National Vietnam Veterans Museum (in Newhaven) and Daylesford (Lake Daylesford & Spas). Dedicate the 8th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, take an in-depth tour of Immigration Museum, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip planner.

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Melbourne is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 10:

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 6 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.
Visiting Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and The Remarkables Ski Area will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Queenstown Hill and Coronet Peak. Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Cardrona Alpine Resort (in Cardrona) and Wanaka (in Wanaka). There's still lots to do: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown holiday builder tool.

You can fly from Melbourne to Queenstown in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 16:

Wellington, New Zealand

— 4 nights

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.
Appreciate the collections at The Great War Exhibition and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Step out of the city life by going to Kapiti Island Nature Tours and ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary. Step out of Wellington with an excursion to Southward Car Museum in Paraparaumu--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at National War Memorial, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, contemplate the long history of Old St Paul's, and get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Wellington day trip app.

Getting from Queenstown to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. October in Wellington sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 6 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.
Get outdoors at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and River Rafting & Tubing. Get a sense of the local culture at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and Eat Street. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo) and Mount Maunganui (Pilot Bay, Mount Maunganui Summit Track, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Blue Lake Track, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Rotorua sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 26:

Auckland, New Zealand

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre. Get a sense of the local culture at The Kauri Museum and Sculptureum. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum, and contemplate the geological forces at One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie).

Plan trip to Auckland with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Rotorua to Auckland by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in October, you will find days in Auckland are slightly colder (17°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Wineries · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:

Samoa travel guide

3.9
Nature & Parks · History Museums · Tourist Spots
Enchanting Samoa and its people boast a legendarily laid-back approach to life, and clocks and set times are merely a formality here. The society remains a proud one, deeply connected to a set of millennia-old traditions known as "Fa'a Samoa"--the Samoan Way. Spread out over two main islands and several smaller landmasses, Samoa is a land of incredible contrasts and natural beauty, home to rocky volcanic mountains and expansive beaches, rugged cliffs and lush rainforests. Visitors on holiday in Samoa can easily spend their time exploring the country's exotic interior and untamed coastal reaches, which offer plenty of wildlife and fantastic landscapes. Alternatively, they can just as readily kick back in sleepy seaside villages, indulging in a full-service resort, or splash around in lagoons and at beaches that hold their place among the world's best.

Vava'u Islands travel guide

4.1
Scuba & Snorkeling · Swim with Dolphins · Gardens
Considered one of the world's most spectacular destinations for sailing and yachting, the Vava'u Islands also feature some of Tonga's most attractive coastal scenery. Most of the 55 islands in this group feature little infrastructure, but their coastlines offer stunning beaches with white sands and swaying palm trees. Coral reefs, shipwrecks, and a thriving whale population make the group a haven for nature-lovers and adventurers alike, with countless opportunities for exploring the environment both atop and beneath the water. Include the town of Neiafu on your Vava'u Islands itinerary to choose from a solid selection of modern restaurants, accommodations, and markets.

Fiji travel guide

4.2
Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas · Outdoor Activities
Located at the heart of the Central Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago of 333 islands and hundreds more tiny islets, many of which are uninhabited. The land masses range from vast Viti Levu, mountainous and covered in green jungle, to private desert islands available for rent. With bountiful sunshine, white sand beaches, tranquil oceans, and lush rainforest, it is no surprise that ecotourism in Fiji thrives. Local culture combines indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian, and European influences in a vibrant mix, with many of the smaller islands still retaining a strong element of traditional island life. Explore the countless pockets of paradise to find your favorite.

Vanuatu travel guide

4.4
Nature & Parks · Waterfalls · Scuba & Snorkeling
Composed of 83 rugged islands spread out over a stretch of nearly 1,300 km (810 mi), Vanuatu features a huge diversity of natural environments and cultures. A fusion of British, French, Polynesian, and Melanesian influences, the nation combines devout religious devotion with the slow, relaxed pace of island life. Lush rainforests and thriving coral sanctuaries abound across the island chain and feature a colorful array of native wildlife and plant species that make for fantastic snorkeling, diving, and hiking excursions. Active volcanoes remain among the biggest attractions in Vanuatu, along with the chain's stunning beaches and shimmering blue waters. Despite the nation's harsh volcanic landscapes, rocky coast, and lack of arable land, Vanuatu is a warm and welcoming place to visit, as its people do everything they can to make tourists feel right at home.

Solomon Islands travel guide

3.9
Nature & Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling · Flea Markets
Build your Solomon Islands trip around the many enriching diving experiences available, or plan a relaxing break on a luxuriously sandy and peaceful beach. Witness the vibrant culture of the local people on an eco-friendly guided walk, shopping for locally made handicrafts, and sampling the local cuisine. Solomon Islands still bears the marks of a very different aspect of its history, when some of the most intense fighting in World War II happened here. Learn about this dark chapter through memorials, museums, artifacts, and relics, both on land and under the sea.

Australia travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Specialty Museums
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.