60 days in Oceania Itinerary

60 days in Oceania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Oceania travel planner

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Port Douglas, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly
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Paihia, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taupo, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Fly
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly to Hokitika, Bus to Fox Glacier
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Fox Glacier, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Bus
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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

— 3 nights
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.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Four Mile Beach, make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel, and get to know the resident critters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Port Douglas trip simple and quick.

London, UK to Port Douglas is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from London to Port Douglas. In November, Port Douglas is much warmer than London - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Cairns.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Cairns, Australia

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda). Spend the 18th (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 19th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and trek along Esplanade Boardwalk.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planner.

Traveling by car from Port Douglas to Cairns takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November in Cairns, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see a show at Sydney Opera House, hike along Bondi to Coogee Walk, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, and stroll through Manly Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sydney attractions planner.

You can fly from Cairns to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairns in November: high temperatures in Sydney hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trip

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 Bream Head Coast Walks (in Whangarei) and Phantom Sailing (in Russell). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paihia Harbour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the pleasant sights at Opua Forest Lookout Track.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Paihia trip simple and quick.

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 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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 2nd (Thu): 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 make a trip to SkyTower.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Auckland travel planning website.

Fly from Paihia to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Auckland sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Wineries · Tours · Museums

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then trek along Ruakuri Walk. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton). There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua itinerary planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 outside with Outdoor Activities, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, join the crowd at Formula Challenge Racing, and explore the striking landscape at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve.

Plan my day in Taupo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

— 6 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. On the 16th (Thu), hike the day away at Horsemtrails. The adventure continues: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

Plan my trip to Tongariro National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Wellington, New Zealand

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the next day, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament and then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Transportation

Side Trip

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.
Fox Glacier is known for trails, adventure, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Franz Josef Glacier.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Fox Glacier takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

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: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find out how to plan a trip to Queenstown, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Outdoors

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 1st (Sat), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. On the 3rd (Mon), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kepler Track, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and get outside with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip itinerary planning app.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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 7th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, and take in panoramic vistas at Eureka Skydeck.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Melbourne driving holiday site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Melbourne in 8.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Te Anau to Melbourne. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Tue).

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Parks