18 days in New Caledonia, Sydney & Port Vila Itinerary

18 days in New Caledonia, Sydney & Port Vila Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
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Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia
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Lifou, New Caledonia
— 1 night
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Port Vila, Vanuatu
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia

— 3 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.
For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip app.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Sydney is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In June, Sydney is somewhat warmer than Christchurch - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ile Des Pins.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nightlife
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Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia

— 1 night

L'ile la plus proche du paradis (the island closest to paradise)

Just a little way off the southern end of Grand Terre, Île des Pins (the Isle of Pines) gets its name from the tall columnar pines that stick out of the surrounding vegetation like bristles on a brush.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kuto Bay as well as N'Ga Peak. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at N'Ga Peak, explore the activities along Kanumera Bay, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuto Bay.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ile Des Pins online visit planner.

Fly from Sydney to Ile Des Pins in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Ile Des Pins. In June, Ile Des Pins is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 27°C and lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Lifou.

Things to do in Ile Des Pins

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Lifou, New Caledonia

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Easo Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de Lourdes, then kick back and relax at Baie de Jinek, and finally step off the mainland to explore Lifou Island.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lifou trip planner.

Fly from Ile Des Pins to Lifou in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Vila.

Things to do in Lifou

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Port Vila, Vanuatu

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Evergreen Cascades Waterfall, then don't miss a visit to Underwater Post Office, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hideaway Island Marine Reserve.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Port Vila trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lifou to Port Vila takes 7 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Port Vila can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Port Vila

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Sydney, Australia

— 11 nights

The Harbour City

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Photography Tours. Explore Sydney's surroundings by going to Leura Cascades (in Leura) and Blackheath (Govetts Leap & Hat Hill Gallery). See even more of Sydney: look for all kinds of wild species at North Head Sanctuary, look and learn at Observatory Hill, take in the pleasant sights at The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and brush up on your military savvy at Anzac Memorial.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sydney road trip planning site.

You can fly from Port Vila to Sydney in 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Vanuatu Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Port Vila in June, expect Sydney to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 11°C. You will leave for home on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in Sydney

Parks · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

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New Caledonia travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
An archipelago consisting of the sizable Grande Terre as well as a scattering of smaller surrounding islands, New Caledonia has many of the tourist draws characteristic of the South Pacific: long sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, azure lagoons, and coral reefs. It also supports many unique species of plants and animals, such as the tall conifers that tower above the palm trees lining the waterside. Nature lovers on holiday in New Caledonia should head to the lagoon that surrounds Grande Terre: a World Heritage Site and one of the largest lagoons in the world, it is home to countless species of marine life, including endangered dugongs and green sea turtles. The local culture blends French chic and Melanesian warmth, and it is usually a only short walk from the beach to a stylish bar, cafe, or gourmet restaurant.