15 days in South Pacific Itinerary

15 days in South Pacific Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific trip planner

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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
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Sydney, Australia
— 4 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand

— 2 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.
On the next day, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then explore the world behind art at Rotorua Museum, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rotorua road trip site.

Toronto, Canada to Rotorua is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Toronto to Rotorua. While traveling from Toronto, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Rotorua, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

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

— 3 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Active Outdoor Adventures. On the 7th (Sun), hike the day away at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Tama Lakes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Taranaki Falls, and take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park road trip planning website.

Getting from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Queenstown.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
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Queenstown, New Zealand

— 1 night

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 8th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Queenstown day trip app.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Queenstown in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, ferry, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to fly to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games · Spas · Outdoors · Tours
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Melbourne, Australia

— 3 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 10th (Wed) 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, see the interesting displays at Melbourne Museum, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, and make a trip to Block Arcade.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Melbourne day trip planning website.

You can fly from Queenstown to Melbourne in 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can fly to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Parks
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Sydney, Australia

— 4 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, enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, visit Darling Harbour, and trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney route planner.

Fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Sydney. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Beaches

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