26 days in French Polynesia, New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

26 days in French Polynesia, New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

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26 days in French Polynesia, New Zealand & Australia Itinerary

Start: Rhodes Town, Greece
Fly + Drive:  32​h
1
Punaauia, French Polynesia
— 1 day
Fly + ferry:  2​h 30​min
2
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Moorea, French Polynesia
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 30​min
4
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 day
5
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
8
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
10
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + ferry:  28​h
End: Rhodes Town, Greece

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Punaauia, French Polynesia

Punaauia ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tahiti and the Islands and then admire the sheer force of Fautaua.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Punaauia trip itinerary planner .

Rhodes Town, Greece to Punaauia is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Tahiti Time is minus 12 hours. Traveling from Rhodes Town in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Punaauia: highs are around 35°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Punaauia

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Fautaua
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Fautaua ©
Fautaua
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands

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nights
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora ©
There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Spend the 6th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Matira Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Saint Pierre-Celestin Church, look for gifts at Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Otemanu.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bora Bora trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Punaauia to Bora Bora takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Moorea.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Mount Otemanu ©
Mount Otemanu
Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora ©
Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora

1
night
Moorea, French Polynesia

On the tattered triangle of Mo'orea, green peaks and ridges jut up out of the flat, fertile valleys.
On the 7th (Thu), get great views at Belvedere Lookout, contemplate the long history of Tiki Village Cultural Center, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Moorea trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Moorea takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. In November in Moorea, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Moorea

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Shark Diving
Belvedere Lookout ©
Belvedere Lookout
Tiki Village Cultural Center ©
Tiki Village Cultural Center

1
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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.
On the 9th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Auckland day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Moorea to Auckland takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone changes from Tahiti Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 22 hour difference. When traveling from Moorea in November, plan for cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 20°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Nature Parks
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Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Devonport ©
Devonport

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway, Huka Honey Hive, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take in the exciting artwork at New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, make a trip to Te Puia, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rotorua day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rotorua, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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nights
Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old St Paul's, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally get around town with Wellington Cable Car. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Buildings, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then get great views at Mount Victoria, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Wellington trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Rotorua in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Wellington: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in Te Anau, approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, push the limits with an extreme tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown day trip planner .

Fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas

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nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, parks, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, steep yourself in history at Shrine of Remembrance, and don't miss a visit to Flinders Street Station.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Melbourne trip maker site .

Getting from Queenstown to Melbourne by flight takes about 6 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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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, beaches, parks, and museums. 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, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

Getting from Melbourne to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Melbourne in November, Sydney is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove) and Safaris (in Port Douglas). Spend the 24th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. The adventure continues: hike along Esplanade Boardwalk.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cairns online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Cairns takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect Cairns to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Safaris, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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