30 days in South Pacific Itinerary

30 days in South Pacific Itinerary

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30 days in South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Pune, India
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
— Few hours
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Nadi, Fiji
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Tarawa Atoll, Republic of Kiribati
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 30​min
4
Auckland, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Melbourne, Australia
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Pune, India

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Bomana War Cemetery.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Port Moresby online journey builder .

Pune, India to Port Moresby is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Pune to Port Moresby. In December, daytime highs in Port Moresby are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Port Moresby

Historic Sites
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Bomana War Cemetery ©
Bomana War Cemetery

3
nights
Nadi, Fiji

Nadi ©
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Explore Nadi's surroundings by going to Sigatoka (Natadola Beach & Nature & Wildlife Tours). Spend the 17th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of the Sleeping Giant, go for a stroll along the water at Port Denarau Marina, and tee off at Denarau Golf and Racquet Club.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Nadi trip planning website .

You can fly from Port Moresby to Nadi in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Papua New Guinea Time (PGT) to Fiji Time (FJT) is 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Nadi are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tarawa Atoll.

Things to do in Nadi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Sigatoka, Denarau Island
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Natadola Beach ©
Natadola Beach
Garden of the Sleeping Giant ©
Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Port Denarau Marina ©
Port Denarau Marina

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night
Tarawa Atoll, Republic of Kiribati

Tarawa Atoll ©
The capital of Kiribati, Tarawa Atoll has an administrative and cultural importance to the country as a whole and deserves to be explored by those visiting the islands.
On the 18th (Wed), get lost in a book at Kiribati National Library and Archives, step off the mainland to explore Ambo Island, then ponder the world of politics at Parliament Building, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tarawa Atoll trip planner.

Fly from Nadi to Tarawa Atoll in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Tarawa Atoll can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Tarawa Atoll

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Parliament Building ©
Parliament Building

4
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.
When in Auckland, make a side trip to see The Lost Spring in Whitianga, approximately 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island, get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, and head off the coast to Tiritiri Matangi Island.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland online vacation maker .

Getting from Tarawa Atoll to Auckland by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Tarawa Atoll in December, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

The Lost Spring
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum

5
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Te Anau (Milford Sound & Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). On the 27th (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. On the 28th (Sat), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. The adventure continues: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, take a memorable tour with Tours, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hollyford Track, Milford Sound, Bowen Falls
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Katoomba (Wentworth Falls, The Three Sisters, & more). There's much more to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, and examine the collection at Australian National Maritime Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sydney travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Sydney takes 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Sydney. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Katoomba
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

7
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of Melbourne with an excursion to The Great Ocean Road in Torquay--about 1h 40 min away. Dedicate the 8th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens, learn about all things military at Shrine of Remembrance, steep yourself in history at Old Melbourne Gaol, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Melbourne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Melbourne. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

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