17 days in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
— 1 night
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Honiara, Solomon Islands
— 2 nights

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Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©

City of Sails

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to SkyTower, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, and get your game on at Sky Screamer Reverse Bungy.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Auckland, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Toronto in January: high temperatures in Auckland hover around 22°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Wineries

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Must see
SkyTower
4.4
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Military Museum
Auckland Museum
4.6
Island
Waiheke Island
4.7

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Rotorua, New Zealand

Sulphur City

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 (Maori Rock Carvings, Huka Falls Walkway, &more), Te Waihou Walkway (in Putaruru) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, get interesting insight from Tours, and make a trip to Amokura Glass.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Rotorua itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in January, expect nights in Rotorua to be slightly colder, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

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Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway
4.7

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Venture out of the city with trips to Milford Sound (in Te Anau) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take in the exciting artwork at The Ivy Box, stroll around Village Green, and browse the exhibits of Queenstown Arts Centre.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Rotorua to Queenstown in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Moresby.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

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Must see
Milford Sound
4.8
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Must see
Hollyford Track
5.0

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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby ©
In contrast to the surrounding wilderness, national capital Port Moresby offers some impressive cultural attractions and a decent array of amenities.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): meet the residents at Port Moresby Nature Park, stroll the grounds of Bomana War Cemetery, and then admire the natural beauty at National Orchid Garden.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Port Moresby travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Port Moresby by flight takes about 13.5 hours. Traveling from Queenstown to Port Moresby, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Port Moresby are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Honiara.

Things to do in Port Moresby

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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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 16th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Tenaru Falls, delve into the distant past at Bonegi I and II, then pause for some photo ops at Solomon Scouts & Coastwatchers Memorial, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Honiara attractions app.

You can fly from Port Moresby to Honiara in 5.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Port Moresby to Honiara due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honiara

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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