48 days in Asia, South Pacific & South America Itinerary

48 days in Asia, South Pacific & South America Itinerary

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48 days in Asia, South Pacific & South America Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Hong Kong, China
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
2
Auckland, New Zealand
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Taupo, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Christchurch, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Nadi, Fiji
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h
7
Avarua, Cook Islands
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
8
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
9
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
10
Moorea, French Polynesia
— 5 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h 45​min
11
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 8 nights
ferry + Fly:  16​h
12
Hanga Roa, Chile
— 2 nights
Fly:  37​h
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

1
night
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): browse the exhibits of Parkview Art Hong Kong, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shek O, and finally wander the streets of Kowloon City.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hong Kong holiday planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Hong Kong is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Hong Kong Time (HKT) is 6 hours. In February, daytime highs in Hong Kong are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You will leave for Auckland on the 22nd (Fri).

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Shek O ©
Shek O
St. John's Cathedral ©
St. John's Cathedral
Kowloon City ©
Kowloon City

4
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.
Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity and Howick Historical Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Matarangi Beach and Orewa Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve (in Cooks Beach), Muriwai Gannet Colony (in Muriwai Beach) and New Chums Beach (in Whangapoua). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Anawhata, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, make a trip to Stu's Wild Pig Farm, and stroll through Bethells Beach.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Auckland sightseeing planner .

Getting from Hong Kong to Auckland by flight takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Auckland is 4 hours. Traveling from Hong Kong in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Auckland Region, Whitianga, Orewa Beach, New Chums Beach, Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity
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Howick Historical Village ©
Howick Historical Village
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach

5
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Government Gardens and Volcanic Hills Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Agrodome (in Ngongotaha), Rotorua (Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, Redwoods Treewalk, & more) and Waimangu Volcanic Valley (in Waimangu). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, explore the striking landscape at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, and hike along Ruakuri Walk.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Auckland to Taupo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Rotorua, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Ruakuri Walk, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Volcanic Hills Winery
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

3
nights
Christchurch, New Zealand

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Port Hills. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Riccarton House & Bush and Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Akaroa (Hinewai Reserve & Saint Peter's Anglican Church). The adventure continues: stroll through Corsair Bay and take in the dramatic natural features at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock).

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip itinerary maker website .

Fly from Taupo to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Akaroa
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River Rafting & Tubing
Hinewai Reserve ©
Hinewai Reserve
Port Hills ©
Port Hills

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Southward Car Museum, then learn about all things military at National War Memorial, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bolton Street Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): stroll through Days Bay, explore and take pictures at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, and then kick back and relax at Lyall Bay.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wellington trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in March, Wellington is a bit warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Southward Car Museum
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Bolton Street Cemetery ©
Bolton Street Cemetery
Lyall Bay ©
Lyall Bay

4
nights
Nadi, Fiji

Nadi ©
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Get some historical perspective at Vatukarasa Village and Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple. Get outdoors at Biausevu Waterfall and Fishing Charters & Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Koroyanitu National Heritage Park (in Lautoka), Vuda Point Marina Fiji (in Viseisei) and Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course (in Sigatoka). Next up on the itinerary: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Subar Maniya, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nadi day trip planning app .

You can fly from Wellington to Nadi in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Wellington in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Nadi: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Avarua.

Things to do in Nadi

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Sigatoka, Vuda Point Marina Fiji, Koroyanitu National Heritage Park
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 13:
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Koroyanitu National Heritage Park ©
Koroyanitu National Heritage Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course ©

2
nights
Avarua, Cook Islands

Avarua ©
Get in touch with nature at Aroa Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cook Islands Cultural Village and The Little Red Gallery. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Tikioki Marine Reserve, see the interesting displays at Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Rock Beach, and stop by Perfumes of Rarotonga.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Avarua trip itinerary tool .

Do a combination of flight and car from Nadi to Avarua in 10 hours. Traveling from Nadi to Avarua, you'll gain 22 hours due to the time zone difference. In March in Avarua, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Rarotonga, Aroa Beach
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 15:
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Aroa Beach ©
Aroa Beach
Black Rock Beach ©
Black Rock Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
nights
Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Escape the urban bustle at One Foot Island and O'otu Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Aitutaki Lagoon and Mount Maungapu. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the natural beauty at Aitutaki Secret Garden, get outside with Akaiami, and stop by T & S Artworx.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Aitutaki online visit planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Avarua to Aitutaki in 1.5 hours. You will leave for Papeete on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Fishing Charters & Tours
O'otu Beach ©
O'otu Beach
Mount Maungapu ©
Mount Maungapu

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Thu), visit a coastal fixture at Pointe Venus, then look for gifts at Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls, and then choose your vessel at Tahiti Trip Fishing.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Papeete tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Aitutaki to Papeete takes 7 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Moorea.

Things to do in Papeete

Wildlife Outdoors Transportation

Side Trips

Tahiti Trip Fishing, Pointe Venus
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Tahiti Trip Fishing ©
Tahiti Trip Fishing
Pointe Venus ©
Pointe Venus
Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls ©
Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls

5
nights
Moorea, French Polynesia

Moorea ©
On the tattered triangle of Mo'orea, green peaks and ridges jut up out of the flat, fertile valleys.
Relax by the water at Tiahura Beach and Ta'ahiamanu Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Spirou THEBAUD and Route des Ananas. There's still lots to do: tour the water at your own pace with Mermaid Private Boat Tours, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the dramatic scenery at Afareaitu Waterfalls.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Moorea trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Papeete to Moorea takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In March, daytime highs in Moorea are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Moorea

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Tiahura Beach ©
Tiahura Beach
Mermaid Private Boat Tours ©
Mermaid Private Boat Tours
Route des Ananas ©
Route des Ananas

8
nights
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora ©
There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shark Diving and Tupitipiti Point. Visiting Matira Beach and Bora Bora Turtle Centre will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Otemanu, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Pahia, browse the exhibits of Alain Despert, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Saint Pierre-Celestin Church.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bora Bora sightseeing tool .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Moorea to Bora Bora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. You'll set off for Hanga Roa on the 3rd (Wed).

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Mar 26 — Apr 3:
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Tupitipiti Point ©
Tupitipiti Point
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
White Valley ©
White Valley

2
nights
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hanga Roa
The main town and capital of Chile's Easter Island, Hanga Roa serves as a base for most visitors to the island, with all explorations of Easter Island and its famous moai monoliths beginning here.
On the 4th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Ahu Vinapu, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ovahe, and then delve into the distant past at Ahu Nau Nau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Ahu Hanga Te'e, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ana Te Pahu, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ana Kakenga, and finally delve into the distant past at Hanga Kioe.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hanga Roa trip builder .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Hanga Roa in 16 hours. The time zone difference moving from Tahiti Time (TAHT) to Easter Is. Time (EAST) is 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Hanga Roa are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanga Roa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Easter Island
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Ahu Vinapu
Ahu Vinapu
Ahu Nau Nau ©
Ahu Nau Nau
Hanga Kioe ©
Hanga Kioe

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