41 days in South Pacific & United States Itinerary

41 days in South Pacific & United States Itinerary

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41 days in South Pacific & United States Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  21​h
1
Nadi, Fiji
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + train:  8​h 15​min
2
Mooloolaba, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Gold Coast, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Kangaroo Island, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
5
Albany, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Margaret River, Australia
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
7
Darwin, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Cairns, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
9
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
10
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
11
Honolulu, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
12
Kihei, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Toronto, Canada

1
night
Nadi, Fiji

Nadi ©
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Wailoaloa Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Subar Maniya, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Denarau Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Koroyanitu National Heritage Park.

Before you visit Nadi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Toronto, Canada to Nadi is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Fiji Time (FJT), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in October, with highs in Nadi at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Nadi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Koroyanitu National Heritage Park
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Koroyanitu National Heritage Park ©
Koroyanitu National Heritage Park
Denarau Beach ©
Denarau Beach

3
nights
Mooloolaba, Australia

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Marcoola Beach and Point Cartwright. Visiting Parrots in Paradise and Buderim Forest Park will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mooloolaba: Maleny (Gardners Falls, Obi Boardwalk, & more). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, take a tour of HMAS Brisbane, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get your game on at SunJet Simulations.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mooloolaba trip itinerary maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nadi to Mooloolaba. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Nadi to Mooloolaba. Traveling from Nadi in October, things will get a bit cooler in Mooloolaba: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Maleny, Buderim Forest Park, Parrots in Paradise, Marcoola Beach, Coolum Beach
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Parrots in Paradise ©
Parrots in Paradise
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach
Buderim Forest Park ©
Buderim Forest Park

4
nights
Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tugun Beach and Greenmount Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Currumbin Beach and Wategos Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gold Coast: Broken Head Nature Reserve (in Broken Head) and Lighthouse Beach (in Ballina). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Elephant Rock, look for gifts at Miami Marketta, and get outside with Pelican Feeding.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast trip planner.

You can drive from Mooloolaba to Gold Coast in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lighthouse Beach, Broken Head Nature Reserve, Wategos Beach
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Currumbin Beach ©
Currumbin Beach
Tugun Beach ©
Tugun Beach
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

4
nights
Kangaroo Island, Australia

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
Relax by the water at Browns Beach and Stokes Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail and Parndana Wildlife Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Will's Rare Breeds Farm, take in the exciting artwork at Shep's Studio, enjoy the sand and surf at Island Beach, and learn about winemaking at Bay of Shoals Winery.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kangaroo Island trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Gold Coast to Kangaroo Island by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail ©
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
Stokes Beach ©
Stokes Beach
Little Sahara ©
Little Sahara

3
nights
Albany, Australia

Albany ©
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Visiting Conspicuous Cliff and Elephant Rocks will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ellen Cove Boardwalk and Singlefile Wines. Explore Albany's surroundings by going to Granite Skywalk (in Porongurup National Park) and Forest Hill Vineyard (in Denmark). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Albany Heritage Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Goode Beach, don't miss a visit to Chainsaw Sculpture Drive, and steep yourself in history at The Albany Convict Gaol & Museum.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Albany online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Kangaroo Island to Albany takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kangaroo Island to Albany due to the time zone difference. October in Albany sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Denmark, Conspicuous Cliff, Granite Skywalk,Castle Rock
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Elephant Rocks ©
Elephant Rocks
Granite Skywalk,Castle Rock ©
Granite Skywalk,Castle Rock
Ellen Cove Boardwalk ©
Ellen Cove Boardwalk

4
nights
Margaret River, Australia

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre and Sugarloaf Rock. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Margaret River Mouth Beach and Back Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Margaret River side-trips: Dardanup Heritage Park (in Dardanup), Bunker Bay (in Cape Naturaliste) and Injidup Beach (in Yallingup). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Giants Cave, do a tasting at Knotting Hill Estate Vineyard, get a taste of the local shopping with JahRoc Galleries, and stop by Vasse Virgin.

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Traveling by car from Albany to Margaret River takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Dunsborough, Dardanup Heritage Park, Back Beach, Giants Cave, Injidup Beach
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Injidup Beach ©
Injidup Beach
Sugarloaf Rock ©
Sugarloaf Rock
Giants Cave ©
Giants Cave

4
nights
Darwin, Australia

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Buley Rockhole and Safaris. Escape the urban bustle at Casuarina Coastal Reserve and Florence Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Darwin side-trips: Wangi Falls (in Litchfield National Park) and Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve (in Humpty Doo). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park, appreciate the history behind Darwin Cenotaph, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lameroo Beach, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Margaret River to Darwin in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park, Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
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Lameroo Beach ©
Lameroo Beach
Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
Safaris

5
nights
Cairns, Australia

Cairns ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Birdworld Kuranda and Cathedral Fig Tree. Discover out-of-the-way places like Babinda Boulders and The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Wrights Lookout in Kuranda (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Yorkeys Knob Beach, relax in the rural setting at Gallo DairyLand, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cairns trip planning site .

You can fly from Darwin to Cairns in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Darwin in November, you will find days in Cairns are little chillier (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sat) before leaving for Auckland.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuranda, Cathedral Fig Tree, Babinda Boulders, Yorkeys Knob Beach
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Cathedral Fig Tree ©
Cathedral Fig Tree
Birdworld Kuranda ©
Birdworld Kuranda
Babinda Boulders ©
Babinda Boulders

2
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
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 17th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then grab your bike and head to Tamaki Drive. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Browns Bay Beach, and then grab your bike and head to Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Auckland vacation planner .

You can fly from Cairns to Auckland in 8.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cairns to Auckland. When traveling from Cairns in November, plan for much colder days in Auckland, with highs around 20°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Browns Bay Beach, Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway
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Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

2
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll through Papamoa Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tikitapu Nature Walk and then take in the dramatic natural features at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in November, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Rotorua. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Papamoa Beach, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

1
night
Honolulu, United States

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then trek along Ehukai Pillbox Hike, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Banzai Pipeline. On the next day, stroll through Kaimana Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sans Souci Beach Park, and then kick back and relax at Kalama Beach Park.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Honolulu day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Rotorua to Honolulu in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Rotorua to Honolulu, you'll gain 22 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Rotorua in November, with highs in Honolulu at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kalama Beach Park, Banzai Pipeline
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Swim with Dolphins
Kaimana Beach ©
Kaimana Beach
Ehukai Pillbox Hike ©
Ehukai Pillbox Hike

2
nights
Kihei, United States

Kihei ©
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
On the 22nd (Fri), kick back and relax at Kalepolepo Beach Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kihei Baptist Chapel, then kick back and relax at Cove Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Theresa Roman Catholic Church, and finally go for a walk through Kealia Coastal Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Sugar Beach and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kihei trip website .

You can fly from Honolulu to Kihei in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Kalepolepo Beach Park ©
Kalepolepo Beach Park
Sugar Beach ©
Sugar Beach
Spas & Wellness

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