46 days in South Pacific Itinerary

46 days in South Pacific Itinerary

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46 days in South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Gold Coast, Australia
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Port Vila, Vanuatu
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
3
Sigatoka, Fiji
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Yaren, Nauru
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Honiara, Solomon Islands
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
7
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
— 1 day
Fly:  25​h
8
Majuro, Marshall Islands
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
9
Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 15​min
10
Koror, Palau
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  19​h 45​min
11
Line Islands, Republic of Kiribati
— Few hours
Fly:  17​h
12
Funafuti, Tuvalu
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h
13
Neiafu, Tonga
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h 15​min
14
Apia, Samoa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
15
Auckland, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
16
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
17
Wellington, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
18
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Sydney, Australia

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Coolangatta Beach and Burleigh Heads Beach. Visiting Cape Byron Walking Track and Broken Head Nature Reserve will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kirra Beach, meet the residents at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, stroll through Tugun Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Climb.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Gold Coast trip itinerary maker .

Sydney to Gold Coast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March in Gold Coast, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Vila.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Byron Walking Track, Broken Head Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 10:
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Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park

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Port Vila, Vanuatu

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Eton Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Havannah Beach and Boat Club and Cascades Waterfalls. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Reef Vanuatu Zoological and admire the sheer force of Mele Cascades.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Port Vila trip planner .

Getting from Gold Coast to Port Vila by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Gold Coast to Port Vila, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Gold Coast in March, expect nights in Port Vila to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sigatoka.

Things to do in Port Vila

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cascades Waterfalls, Eton Beach
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
The Reef Vanuatu Zoological ©
The Reef Vanuatu Zoological
Cascades Waterfalls ©
Cascades Waterfalls

3
nights
Sigatoka, Fiji

Located at the western end of Coral Coast, with its long sheltered beaches and popular surf spots, Sigatoka is best known for its immediate surroundings than for the town itself.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Biausevu Waterfall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Natadola Beach and Zipline. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and explore the fascinating underground world of Naihehe Caves.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigatoka journey planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Port Vila to Sigatoka in 4 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Vila to Sigatoka is 1 hour. In March, daily temperatures in Sigatoka can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Yaren.

Things to do in Sigatoka

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Zipline
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 16:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zipline
Natadola Beach ©
Natadola Beach

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Yaren, Nauru

Yaren
To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yaren attractions planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sigatoka to Yaren in 7 hours. You'll set off for Honiara on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Yaren

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 17:

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night
Honiara, Solomon Islands

Honiara ©
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 18th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Bonegi I and II and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tenaru Falls.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Honiara holiday builder website .

Traveling by flight from Yaren to Honiara takes 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Nauru Time to Solomon Is. Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In March, daily temperatures in Honiara can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Honiara

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 18:
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Tenaru Falls ©
Tenaru Falls
Bonegi I and II ©
Bonegi I and II

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trinity Beach and Daintree National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mossman Gorge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary (in Kuranda).

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cairns online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Honiara to Cairns takes 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Honiara to Cairns is minus 1 hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rabaul.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Palm Cove Beach, Mossman Gorge, Trinity Beach, Daintree National Park
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 22:
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Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Daintree National Park ©
Daintree National Park

1
day
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Rabaul ©
The plucky township of Rabaul lives under constant threat of destruction, thanks to its proximity to Tavurvur, a permanently smoking and very much active volcano.
On the 23rd (Sat), stroll the grounds of Rabaul War Cemetery and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Tavurvur.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rabaul tour planning website .

Fly from Cairns to Rabaul in 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Majuro.

Things to do in Rabaul

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 23:
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Mount Tavurvur ©
Mount Tavurvur

1
night
Majuro, Marshall Islands

Majuro ©
Majuro is the capital and largest city of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): head off the coast to Arno Atoll.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Majuro trip website .

You can fly from Rabaul to Majuro in 25 hours. Traveling from Rabaul to Majuro, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. March in Majuro sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kosrae.

Things to do in Majuro

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:
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Arno Atoll ©
Arno Atoll

1
night
Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia

Kosrae ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at The Blue Hole and then look for all kinds of wild species at Utwe-Walung Marine Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kosrae attractions planner.

Getting from Majuro to Kosrae by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Majuro to Kosrae, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Kosrae are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Koror.

Things to do in Kosrae

Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:
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Utwe-Walung Marine Park ©
Utwe-Walung Marine Park

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Koror, Palau

Once Palau's capital, Koror remains by far the country's most populous town and offers plenty of options for tourism.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Mandarin Fish Lake. Explore hidden gems such as Milky Way and Big Drop-off. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Ngardmau Falls, head off the coast to Rock Islands, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Koror trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kosrae to Koror takes 10.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kosrae to Koror due to the time zone difference. In March in Koror, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Line Islands.

Things to do in Koror

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Drop-off
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ngardmau Falls ©
Ngardmau Falls
Milky Way ©
Milky Way

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hours
Line Islands, Republic of Kiribati

Line Islands
For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Line Islands trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Koror to Line Islands takes 20 hours. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Koror to Line Islands due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 31st (Sun), you're off toFunafuti.
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:

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night
Funafuti, Tuvalu

Funafuti ©
Funafuti is an atoll on which the capital of the island nation of Tuvalu is located. On the 1st (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Funafuti Marine Conservation Area.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Funafuti driving holiday app .

Fly from Line Islands to Funafuti in 17 hours. The time zone difference moving from Line Is. Time to Tuvalu Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll travel to Neiafu.

Things to do in Funafuti

Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:
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Funafuti Marine Conservation Area ©
Funafuti Marine Conservation Area

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hours
Neiafu, Tonga

Neiafu
For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Neiafu tour planner.

You can fly from Funafuti to Neiafu in 22 hours. The time zone difference moving from Tuvalu Time to Tonga Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Funafuti in April; daily highs in Neiafu reach 33°C and lows reach 26°C. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll travel to Apia.

Things to do in Neiafu

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Apia, Samoa

Apia ©
The Samoan capital of Apia serves as the first port of call for most visitors, and it plays home to a number of historic sites, a laid-back seaside promenade, and a range of hotels and restaurants keeping tourists entertained.
Get in touch with nature at To Sua Ocean Trench and Giant Clam Sanctuary. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Lalomanu Beach and Lefaga Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, kick back and relax at Salamumu Beach, and get engrossed in the history at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Apia day trip planning app .

You can fly from Neiafu to Apia in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Apia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Giant Clam Sanctuary, Lalomanu Beach, To Sua Ocean Trench
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:
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Lalomanu Beach ©
Lalomanu Beach
To Sua Ocean Trench ©
To Sua Ocean Trench
Giant Clam Sanctuary ©
Giant Clam Sanctuary

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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.
Visiting Whangapoua Beach and Otama Beach will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie) and Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Stu's Wild Pig Farm (in Whitianga), Cathedral Cove Walk (in Hahei) and Coromandel (Square Kauri Tree & Kauri Block Track). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Auckland Zoo.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Apia to Auckland by flight takes about 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Apia to Auckland. In April, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Whitianga, Coromandel, Whangapoua Beach, Cathedral Cove Walk, Otama Beach
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk
One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie) ©
One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie)
Whangapoua Beach ©
Whangapoua Beach

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Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park. Get some historical perspective at Government Gardens and Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Taupo), Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Summit Track, Mount Maunganui Base Track, & more) and Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool (in Wai-O-Tapu). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, trek along Okere Falls Track, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rotorua, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Tauranga, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Okere Falls Track, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Queen Charlotte Track and Old St Paul's. Get in touch with nature at Marlborough Sounds and Catchpool Loop Walk. There's lots more to do: get great views at Mount Victoria, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Wellington trip builder site .

Getting from Rotorua to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rotorua in April, you will find days in Wellington are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Picton, Catchpool Loop Walk
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:
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Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Kawarau Suspension Bridge are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Glenorchy-Queenstown Road. There's much more to do: hike along Queenstown Hill, push the limits with an extreme tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Kawarau Suspension Bridge, Arrowtown Chinese Settlement
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
River Rafting & Tubing

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