60 days in Oceania Itinerary

60 days in Oceania Itinerary

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Cairns, Australia
— 2 nights
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Lord Howe Island, Australia
— 2 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 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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Wellington, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Te Anau, New Zealand
— 6 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
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Perth, Australia
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Cairns, Australia

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 26th (Fri) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, let the kids burn off some steam at Muddy's Playground, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns journey planner.

London, UK to Cairns 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. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in February: high temperatures in Cairns hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lord Howe Island.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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Lord Howe Island, Australia

Bursting out of the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island offers stunning scenery and many sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Lord Howe Island Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lagoon Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ned's Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Lord Howe Island Walking Trails, then play a few rounds at Lord Howe Island Golf Club, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Gower.

Make your Lord Howe Island itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Cairns to Lord Howe Island takes 6.5 hours. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Cairns to Lord Howe Island due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Lord Howe Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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Sydney, Australia

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, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manly Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney sightseeing planner.

Getting from Lord Howe Island to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Lord Howe Island to Sydney, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Sydney are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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Paihia, New Zealand

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 Whangarei (Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve & Bream Head Coast Walks). Spend a day of island exploring on the 9th (Tue) at Urupukapuka Island. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church, do a tasting at Byrne Northland Wines, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Sydney to Paihia by flight takes about 8 hours. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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Auckland, New Zealand

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 14th (Sun): meet the residents at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then walk around Auckland Domain.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Auckland route maker app.

Getting from Paihia to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Tours

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Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take in the dramatic natural features at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and explore and take pictures at Te Puia.

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Drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Taupo, New Zealand

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Waitomo Caves (Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours & Waitomo Glowworm Caves). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in the natural beauty of Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Taupo travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

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Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 26th (Fri), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 27th (Sat), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rotopounamu Track, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, and take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

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Wellington, New Zealand

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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Wellington travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Venture out of the city with trips to Fox Glacier (Minnehaha Walk, Helicopter Tours, &more) and Sentinel Rock Walk (in Franz Josef).

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Traveling by flight from Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

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Te Anau, New Zealand

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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Milford sound Hwy in Milford Sound, about 54 minutes away. Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring at Doubtful Sound. On the 12th (Mon), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park, go for a walk through Punanga Manu o Te Anau, and get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Te Anau itinerary maker tool.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau in 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Queenstown, New Zealand

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 wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take an exotic tour of Nomad Safaris, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Queenstown day trip app.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

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Melbourne, Australia

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 22nd (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, pause for some photo ops at Shrine of Remembrance, and steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Melbourne route maker.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne. In April, daytime highs in Melbourne are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums

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Perth, Australia

City of Light

A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
On the 23rd (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Fremantle Prison, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Perth trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Perth takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne to Perth, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Perth: highs are around 31°C and lows about 15°C. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Perth

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip