32 days in South Pacific Itinerary

32 days in South Pacific Itinerary

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Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
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Nadi, Fiji
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Ha'apai Islands, Tonga
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Apia, Samoa
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Funafuti, Tuvalu
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Line Islands, Republic of Kiribati
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Papeete, French Polynesia
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Noumea, New Caledonia
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Port Vila, Vanuatu
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Honiara, Solomon Islands
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Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

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 4th (Thu), learn about all things military at New Guinea Club, contemplate the geological forces at Tavurvur, and then see some colorful creatures with Kabaira Dive & Tours Rabaul.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rabaul trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Rabaul is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Perth to Rabaul due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Rabaul

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 5:

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Nadi, Fiji

Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool and then admire the natural beauty at Garden of the Sleeping Giant.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nadi trip planner.

Fly from Rabaul to Nadi in 11.5 hours. The time zone changes from Papua New Guinea Time (PGT) to Fiji Standard Time (FJT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ha'apai Islands.

Things to do in Nadi

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 6:

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Ha'apai Islands, Tonga

On the 7th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Ha'apai Whale and Sail Ltd.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ha'apai Islands travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nadi to Ha'apai Islands takes 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nadi to Ha'apai Islands. In March, daily temperatures in Ha'apai Islands can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Apia.

Things to do in Ha'apai Islands

Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 8:

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Apia, Samoa

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): kick back and relax at Lefaga Beach, then look for gifts at Mailelani Samoa, then enjoy some diversion at Apollo Cinemas, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, admire the sheer force of Waterfall Sauniatu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Malua Turtle Feeding Pool, then pause for some serene contemplation at Baha'i House of Worship, Tiapapata, Samoa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Salamumu Beach, and finally pick up some local products at Fugalei Market.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Apia journey builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ha'apai Islands to Apia in 14 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Funafuti.

Things to do in Apia

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 11:

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Funafuti, Tuvalu

Funafuti is an atoll on which the capital of the island nation of Tuvalu is located. On the 12th (Fri), get your bearings at Tuvalu National Library, then ponder the world of politics at Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau, and then stroll through Funafuti Marine Conservation Area.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Funafuti trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Apia to Funafuti takes 15 hours. The time zone changes from Apia Standard Time to Tuvalu Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In March in Funafuti, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Line Islands.

Things to do in Funafuti

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 13:

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To see reviews and other tourist information, read our Line Islands trip maker.

Fly from Funafuti to Line Islands in 20 hours. The time zone changes from Tuvalu Time to Line Islands Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 30°C. You will leave for Papeete on the 14th (Sun).
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 14:

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Papeete, French Polynesia

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 15th (Mon), stop by Vaimiti Perles, then see majestic marine mammals with Tahiti Lagoon Paradise, and then hunt for treasures at Municipal Market.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Papeete online tour itinerary maker.

You can fly from Line Islands to Papeete in 26 hours. The time zone changes from Line Islands Time to Tahiti Time, which is usually a -24 hour difference. March in Papeete sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Papeete

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 15:

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Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
On the 17th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Aitutaki Lagoon, then get outside with Akaiami, then head off the coast to One Foot Island, and finally stop by T & S Artworx.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Aitutaki trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Papeete to Aitutaki in 27 hours. On the 18th (Thu), you'll travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Milford Sound (in Te Anau). There's much more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, get interesting insight from Tours, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown route maker website.

Traveling by flight from Aitutaki to Queenstown takes 13 hours. The time zone difference moving from Cook Islands Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 22 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 23:

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Wellington, New Zealand

Harbour Capital

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 24th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally pause for some photo ops at John Plimmer Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Wellington trip planner.

Fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Transportation

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Taupo Museum, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, get interesting insight from Tours, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Rotorua takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Wellington in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 29:

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Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): meet the residents at Auckland Zoo, explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and then make a trip to SkyTower. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then get impressive views of Rangitoto Island.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Auckland vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Noumea.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Wineries
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 31:

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Noumea, New Caledonia

Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): head off the coast to Ilot Maitre and then step off the mainland to explore Ile aux Canards island.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Noumea online tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Auckland to Noumea by flight takes about 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to New Caledonia Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Port Vila.

Things to do in Noumea

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:

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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.
On the 2nd (Fri), push the limits with Tropic Thunder Jet, take an unforgettable tour with Vanuatu Helicopters, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Evergreen Cascades Waterfall.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Port Vila trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Noumea to Port Vila takes 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in April, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Honiara.

Things to do in Port Vila

Tours · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:

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Honiara, Solomon Islands

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): admire the sheer force of Tenaru Falls.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Honiara holiday planner.

You can fly from Port Vila to Honiara in 5 hours. Traveling from Port Vila in April, expect nights in Honiara to be a bit warmer, around 31°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Honiara

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 3:

Papua New Guinea travel guide

3.9
Zoos · Cemeteries · Hiking Trails
Occupying the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands, Papua New Guinea represents an immense cultural and biological diversity. Densely carpeted in lush rainforest, the largely mountainous interior includes several active volcanoes. Because of this rugged landscape, Papua New Guinea remains one of the planet's least explored areas, thought to harbor as-yet undiscovered species. Remote mountain ranges nurture unique plant and animal life found nowhere else in the world, while the wildly fluctuating topography creates large differences in climate that further diversify the ecosystems. The people of Papua New Guinea are equally varied and distinct, with hundreds of tribes and communities--the vast majority of which are rural--and approximately 850 different languages. Don't expect much of a tourism infrastructure in Papua New Guinea (or infrastructure of any kind), but do expect any challenges to be richly rewarded by a real adventure unlike any other, in an untamed wilderness, untouched by commercialization.

Fiji travel guide

4.2
Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas · Outdoor Activities
Located at the heart of the Central Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago of 333 islands and hundreds more tiny islets, many of which are uninhabited. The land masses range from vast Viti Levu, mountainous and covered in green jungle, to private desert islands available for rent. With bountiful sunshine, white sand beaches, tranquil oceans, and lush rainforest, it is no surprise that ecotourism in Fiji thrives. Local culture combines indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian, and European influences in a vibrant mix, with many of the smaller islands still retaining a strong element of traditional island life. Explore the countless pockets of paradise to find your favorite.

Tonga travel guide

3.9
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Nature & Parks
The Friendly Islands
Spread out over 177 islands, Tonga features an incredible array of natural environments and places to visit. "Island time" remains omnipresent in Tonga, and visitors may find that locals are in little hurry in their day-to-day lives. While sightseeing in Tonga, head for the country's three main island groupings--Vava'u, Ha'apai, and Tongatapu--to enjoy a taste of their world-class snorkeling and diving opportunities. Reefs and forests burst with life and lush foliage, and lend themselves well to enjoying the great outdoors, while sun-kissed beaches and idyllic lagoons make for fantastic lazy days along the shore. Alternatively, take advantage of the country's prolific whale-watching industry--frequently ranked among the best on the planet.

Samoa travel guide

3.9
Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · History Museums
Enchanting Samoa and its people boast a legendarily laid-back approach to life, and clocks and set times are merely a formality here. The society remains a proud one, deeply connected to a set of millennia-old traditions known as "Fa'a Samoa"--the Samoan Way. Spread out over two main islands and several smaller landmasses, Samoa is a land of incredible contrasts and natural beauty, home to rocky volcanic mountains and expansive beaches, rugged cliffs and lush rainforests. Visitors on holiday in Samoa can easily spend their time exploring the country's exotic interior and untamed coastal reaches, which offer plenty of wildlife and fantastic landscapes. Alternatively, they can just as readily kick back in sleepy seaside villages, indulging in a full-service resort, or splash around in lagoons and at beaches that hold their place among the world's best.

Tuvalu travel guide

3.9
Nature & Parks · Government Buildings
A group of tiny atolls and reef islands in the South Pacific, Tuvalu offers plenty of seaside appeal. Most visitors start and end their tour of Tuvalu on Fongfale, the main islet where you'll find the majority of accommodations and other tourist-oriented facilities. Beaches fringed by palms remain the main attractions on Tuvalu, with visitors coming to dive and snorkel the waters sheltering a variety of tropical fish and sea turtles. Others head for the uninhabited islets, which provide no amenities but plenty of chances to spot a range of sea birds.

Republic of Kiribati travel guide

3.1
Nature & Parks · Government Buildings · Churches
You'll find a surprising number of vacation ideas in Kiribati, an island nation boasting a rich cultural and natural abundance. The 33 coral islands offer world-class fishing spots, marine and terrestrial reserves, and great places to try a range of water sports. Its refreshingly noncommercial and lively culture engages visitors with its colors, vibrancy, and welcoming character. Experience the local philosophy of subsistence in the villages, where delicious cuisine and traditional ceremonies take precedence. On a different note, history buffs will appreciate sites commemorating an infamous World War II battle that took place here. Head farther inland for an adventurer's holiday--exploring the forests, discovering a wealth of impressive natural features, and identifying the diversity of plant and animal life.

Tahiti travel guide

4.1
Gift & Specialty Shops · Flea Markets · Safaris
The largest and probably best-known of the French Polynesian islands, Tahiti remains synonymous with turquoise coral lagoons, lush tropical vegetation, and palm-fringed beaches of black, volcanic sand. Tall, green mountains rise out of the blue ocean, lined with deep valleys, foaming waterfalls, and tumbling streams. Settlements skirt the island, including French Polynesia's small but vibrant capital Pape'ete, where colorful architecture, a bustling market, and smiling locals generate a great deal of charm. Top things to do here include exploring the island's rugged interior, as well as experiencing the traditional culture through archeological sites and hip-shaking music and dance.

Cook Islands travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Concerts & Shows · Scuba & Snorkeling
Scattered across a 2,200,000 sq km (849,425 sq mi) zone in the vast Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, the Cook Islands are about as remote a holiday destination as you will find. With their pristine white-sand beaches, tranquil azure lagoons, lush tropical jungles, and teeming coral reefs, the 15 islands seem plucked from a picture postcard of paradise. Relaxation comes first and foremost, for locals as much as tourists, and you will find the laid-back lifestyle of the Cook Islanders as infectious as their warm smiles. As tempting (and fulfilling) as it might be to spend all day swinging lazily in a hammock strung between shady palm trees, plenty of adventures await exploring the idyllic scenery overland, on the waves, and undersea.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

New Caledonia travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
An archipelago consisting of the sizable Grande Terre as well as a scattering of smaller surrounding islands, New Caledonia has many of the tourist draws characteristic of the South Pacific: long sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, azure lagoons, and coral reefs. It also supports many unique species of plants and animals, such as the tall conifers that tower above the palm trees lining the waterside. Nature lovers on holiday in New Caledonia should head to the lagoon that surrounds Grande Terre: a World Heritage Site and one of the largest lagoons in the world, it is home to countless species of marine life, including endangered dugongs and green sea turtles. The local culture blends French chic and Melanesian warmth, and it is usually a only short walk from the beach to a stylish bar, cafe, or gourmet restaurant.

Vanuatu travel guide

4.4
Waterfalls · Nature & Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling
Composed of 83 rugged islands spread out over a stretch of nearly 1,300 km (810 mi), Vanuatu features a huge diversity of natural environments and cultures. A fusion of British, French, Polynesian, and Melanesian influences, the nation combines devout religious devotion with the slow, relaxed pace of island life. Lush rainforests and thriving coral sanctuaries abound across the island chain and feature a colorful array of native wildlife and plant species that make for fantastic snorkeling, diving, and hiking excursions. Active volcanoes remain among the biggest attractions in Vanuatu, along with the chain's stunning beaches and shimmering blue waters. Despite the nation's harsh volcanic landscapes, rocky coast, and lack of arable land, Vanuatu is a warm and welcoming place to visit, as its people do everything they can to make tourists feel right at home.

Solomon Islands travel guide

3.9
Scuba & Snorkeling · Flea Markets · Ruins
Build your Solomon Islands trip around the many enriching diving experiences available, or plan a relaxing break on a luxuriously sandy and peaceful beach. Witness the vibrant culture of the local people on an eco-friendly guided walk, shopping for locally made handicrafts, and sampling the local cuisine. Solomon Islands still bears the marks of a very different aspect of its history, when some of the most intense fighting in World War II happened here. Learn about this dark chapter through memorials, museums, artifacts, and relics, both on land and under the sea.