17 days in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
— 1 night
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Honiara, Solomon Islands
— 2 nights
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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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to SkyTower, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, and get your game on at Sky Screamer Reverse Bungy.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Auckland, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Toronto in January: high temperatures in Auckland hover around 22°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Wineries

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Te Waihou Walkway (in Putaruru), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Maori Rock Carvings, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, take a memorable tour with Tours, and experience the excitement of Amokura Glass.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Auckland, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Rotorua, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Milford Sound (in Te Anau). Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take in the exciting artwork at The Ivy Box, stroll around Village Green, and browse the exhibits of Queenstown Arts Centre.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Rotorua to Queenstown in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Moresby.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

In contrast to the surrounding wilderness, national capital Port Moresby offers some impressive cultural attractions and a decent array of amenities.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): meet the residents at Port Moresby Nature Park, stroll the grounds of Bomana War Cemetery, and then admire the natural beauty at National Orchid Garden.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Port Moresby travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Port Moresby by flight takes about 13.5 hours. Traveling from Queenstown to Port Moresby, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Port Moresby are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Honiara.

Things to do in Port Moresby

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Honiara, Solomon Islands

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 16th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Tenaru Falls, delve into the distant past at Bonegi I and II, then pause for some photo ops at Solomon Scouts & Coastwatchers Memorial, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Honiara attractions app.

You can fly from Port Moresby to Honiara in 5.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Port Moresby to Honiara due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honiara

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
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.

Papua New Guinea travel guide

3.9
Zoos · Cemeteries · Hiking Trails
Occupying the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands, Papua New Guinea represents an immense cultural and biological diversity. Densely carpeted in lush rainforest, the largely mountainous interior includes several active volcanoes. Because of this rugged landscape, Papua New Guinea remains one of the planet's least explored areas, thought to harbor as-yet undiscovered species. Remote mountain ranges nurture unique plant and animal life found nowhere else in the world, while the wildly fluctuating topography creates large differences in climate that further diversify the ecosystems. The people of Papua New Guinea are equally varied and distinct, with hundreds of tribes and communities--the vast majority of which are rural--and approximately 850 different languages. Don't expect much of a tourism infrastructure in Papua New Guinea (or infrastructure of any kind), but do expect any challenges to be richly rewarded by a real adventure unlike any other, in an untamed wilderness, untouched by commercialization.

Solomon Islands travel guide

3.9
Scuba & Snorkeling · Flea Markets · Ruins
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.