42 days in South Pacific Itinerary

42 days in South Pacific Itinerary

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42 days in South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Manila, Philippines
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  16 h 45 min
1
Darwin, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Cairns, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Alice Springs, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Sydney, Australia
— 7 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
5
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
Auckland, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
7
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
8
Nadi, Fiji
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Manila, Philippines

4
nights
Darwin, Australia

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.
Step out of Darwin to go to Batchelor and see Litchfield National Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, make a splash at Wave Lagoon, and stop by Viva La Body.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Darwin online trip itinerary maker .

Manila, Philippines to Darwin is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Philippines Time to Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 16:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Speed Boats Tours
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility ©
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

6
nights
Cairns, Australia

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 out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Port Douglas (With Sugar, Safaris, & more) and Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Hartley's Crocodile Adventures). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Trinity Beach, enjoy some diversion at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cairns trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Darwin to Cairns takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Darwin, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cairns, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Alice Springs.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, Palm Cove Beach, Trinity Beach, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Alice Springs, Australia

Alice Springs ©
Situated right in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs serves as an urban oasis deep within the country’s parched, desert-like Red Center.
Alice Springs is known for wildlife, museums, historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, examine the collection at Adelaide House Museum, stroll around Trephina Gorge Nature Park, and take some stellar pictures from Anzac Hill.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Alice Springs driving holiday website .

You can fly from Cairns to Alice Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cairns in November, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Alice Springs: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Alice Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Trephina Gorge Nature Park
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:
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The Kangaroo Sanctuary ©
The Kangaroo Sanctuary
Alice Springs Desert Park ©
Alice Springs Desert Park
Mount Gillen ©
Mount Gillen

7
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
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, trails, shopping, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, take a stroll through Darling Harbour, and meet the residents at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sydney attractions planner .

Fly from Alice Springs to Sydney in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Alice Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sydney, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 4:
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

5
nights
Christchurch, New Zealand

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Geraldine Observatory (in Geraldine), Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Akaroa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Saint Peter's Anglican Church). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, do a tasting at Waipara Springs Winery, enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, and have fun at Velocity Karts.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Christchurch trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Christchurch takes 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Christchurch reach 24°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Akaroa, Ohinetahi Garden, Geraldine Observatory, Little River Gallery, Charles Upham VC Statue
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 10:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train

5
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Waiheke Island (Waiheke Community Art Gallery & Wine Tours & Tastings) and Orewa Lookout (in Orewa). There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, meet the residents at Auckland Zoo, head off the coast to Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, and explore the activities along Devonport.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Auckland day trip tool .

Fly from Christchurch to Auckland in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Christchurch in December: highs in Auckland hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Waiheke Island, Orewa Lookout, Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

3
nights
Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete ©
The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce.
Get out of town with these interesting Papeete side-trips: Faarumai Waterfalls (in Arue) and Bain de Vaima (in Taravao). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, steep yourself in history at James Norman Hall Home, admire the sheer force of Fautaua, and admire the masterpieces at Paul Gauguin Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Papeete road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Papeete takes 7 hours. Traveling from Auckland to Papeete, you'll gain 22 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Auckland, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Papeete, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Papeete

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Tahiti, Bain de Vaima, Faarumai Waterfalls, Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
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Fautaua ©
Fautaua
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
James Norman Hall Home ©
James Norman Hall Home

2
nights
Nadi, Fiji

Nadi ©
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the waterfront activity at Port Denarau Marina. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of the Sleeping Giant, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Natadola Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nadi trip planner .

You can fly from Papeete to Nadi in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference moving from Tahiti Time to Fiji Time is 22 hours. In December, daytime highs in Nadi are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nadi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Port Denarau Marina, Natadola Beach
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Garden of the Sleeping Giant ©
Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Port Denarau Marina ©
Port Denarau Marina
Natadola Beach ©
Natadola Beach

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