60 days in South Pacific & United States Itinerary

60 days in South Pacific & United States Itinerary

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60 days in South Pacific & United States Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + ferry:  21​h
1
Vaitape, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
Hobart, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Melbourne, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Sydney, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
Cairns, Australia
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
10
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
11
Yaren, Nauru
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Denarau Island, Fiji
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
13
Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 15​min
14
Honolulu, United States
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
15
Lahaina, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
16
Kailua-Kona, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Toronto, Canada

3
nights
Vaitape, French Polynesia

Perched at the foot of Bora Bora's emerald peak, by the side of the deep blue central lagoon, Vaitape is breathtakingly beautiful.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mount Otemanu. Get a sense of the local culture at Alain Despert and Bora Art Upstairs. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, kick back and relax at Matira Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tupitipiti Point, and stop by Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls -Bora Bora.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vaitape trip itinerary website .

Toronto, Canada to Vaitape is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Toronto to Vaitape, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Vaitape

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Bora Bora
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mount Otemanu ©
Mount Otemanu
Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach

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 6th (Tue), contemplate the long history of James Norman Hall Home, then stop by Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Municipal Market.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Papeete planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Vaitape to Papeete in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Papeete can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Papeete

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

James Norman Hall Home, Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
Highlights from your plan
Municipal Market
Municipal Market
James Norman Hall Home ©
James Norman Hall Home
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sculptureum and Piha Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Arataki Visitor Centre and Mount Eden. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, explore the activities along Devonport, and get impressive views of Rangitoto Island.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Papeete to Auckland takes 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 22 hours traveling from Papeete to Auckland. Traveling from Papeete in September, you will find days in Auckland are colder (15°C), and nights are a bit cooler (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Piha, Sculptureum
Highlights from your plan
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach
Arataki Visitor Centre ©
Arataki Visitor Centre

5
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mount Maunganui Summit Track and Horseback Riding Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, & more) and Waitomo Caves (Ruakuri Cave, River Rafting & Tubing, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Auckland in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Rotorua, with highs around 19°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Waitomo Caves, Taupo, Tauranga, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Highlights from your plan
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
River Rafting & Tubing

5
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zipline and The Remarkables Ski Area. Vesta Design Boutique and Silver Fern Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Lake Wanaka in Wanaka, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and trek along Queenstown Hill.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planning app .

Fly from Rotorua to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Hobart.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Lake Wanaka
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
nights
Hobart, Australia

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Port Arthur Historic Site and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get in touch with nature at The Neck and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Battery Point Sculpture Trail, get a taste of the local shopping with Salamanca Market, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cascade Brewery, and take a leisurely stroll along Constitution Dock.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hobart travel route builder app .

Getting from Queenstown to Hobart by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In September in Hobart, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Hobart

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Port Arthur Historic Site, The Neck
Highlights from your plan
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Neck ©
The Neck

5
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Eastern Beach Reserve and Catani Gardens. Sovereign Hill and St. Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Art Gallery of Ballarat (in Ballarat), Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (in Pearcedale) and Bells Beach (in Torquay). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Brighton Beach, contemplate the long history of St Paul's Cathedral, grab your bike and head to Kalang Park, and get into the urban bustle at Federation Square.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne holiday site .

Getting from Hobart to Melbourne by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Melbourne are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ballarat, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Phillip Island Wildlife Park, Eastern Beach Reserve, Kalang Park
Highlights from your plan
Sovereign Hill ©
Sovereign Hill
Brighton Beach ©
Brighton Beach

5
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.
Visit The Rocks and Elizabeth Bay House for their historical value. Relax by the water at Bondi Beach and Terrigal Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Lincoln's Rock (in Blue Mountains National Park), Palm Beach (in Palm Beach) and Katoomba (Blue Mountains, The Three Sisters, & more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, take a memorable tour with Tours, see a show at Sydney Opera House, and hike along Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney trip planning site .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In September, Sydney is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Terrigal Beach, Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Lincoln's Rock, Palm Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Trinity Beach. Get some cultural insight at Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery Cairns and Helen Wiltshire Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Horses in Port (in Port Douglas), Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Humpy Nut World (in Atherton). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge Centre, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by Annie's at the Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cairns vacation planner .

You can fly from Sydney to Cairns in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Cairns to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Moresby.

Things to do in Cairns

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Mission Beach, Kuranda, Humpy Nut World, Horses in Port
Highlights from your plan
Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 10th (Mon), meet the residents at Port Moresby Nature Park, stroll the grounds of Bomana War Cemetery, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Vision City Mega Mall.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Port Moresby online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Cairns to Port Moresby in 3 hours. Traveling from Cairns in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Port Moresby. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Yaren.

Things to do in Port Moresby

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bomana War Cemetery ©
Bomana War Cemetery
Vision City Mega Mall ©
Vision City Mega Mall
Port Moresby Nature Park ©
Port Moresby Nature Park

1
night
Yaren, Nauru

Yaren ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Nauru Government House, take a stroll around Civic Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Anibare Bay, go deep underground at Central Plateau, then head outdoors with Buada Lagoon, and finally stroll through Moqua Well.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yaren trip itinerary planning site .

Fly from Port Moresby to Yaren in 19 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Port Moresby to Yaren due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Denarau Island.

Things to do in Yaren

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nauru
Highlights from your plan
Anibare Bay ©
Anibare Bay
Buada Lagoon ©
Buada Lagoon
Moqua Well ©
Moqua Well

3
nights
Denarau Island, Fiji

Denarau Island, a small 2.55 sq km (1 sq mi) private island connected to mainland Viti Levu by a short causeway, includes eight beachside resorts arranged around the 18-hole Denarau Golf Course.
On the 13th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront activity at Port Denarau Marina and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Denarau Island online trip builder .

Fly from Yaren to Denarau Island in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly to Kosrae.

Things to do in Denarau Island

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Port Denarau Marina ©
Port Denarau Marina

1
night
Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia

Kosrae ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Hiroshi's Point, delve into the lush surroundings at Yela Valley Ka Forest, then see the vivid underwater world at The Blue Hole, and finally walk around Utwe-Walung Marine Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kosrae driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Denarau Island to Kosrae takes 20.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Denarau Island to Kosrae. Traveling from Denarau Island in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kosrae, with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kosrae

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Utwe-Walung Marine Park ©
Utwe-Walung Marine Park

5
nights
Honolulu, United States

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Explore hidden gems such as Lanikai Beach and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like USS Arizona Memorial and Byodo-In Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Sharks Cove (in Pupukea), Ko Olina Lagoons (in Kapolei) and Shark Diving (in Haleiwa). There's lots more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and stroll through Kailua Beach Park.

Find out how to plan Honolulu trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Kosrae to Honolulu with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Kosrae to Honolulu is minus 21 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Swim with Dolphins, Shark Diving, Byodo-In Temple, Ko Olina Lagoons
Highlights from your plan
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Swim with Dolphins
Shark Diving

4
nights
Lahaina, United States

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Napili Beach and Wailea Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ho'okipa Beach Park and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahaina: Kihei (Kamaole Beach Park III & Kamaole Beach Park II), Zipline (in Haiku) and Wailea (Makena Beach & Ulua Beach). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Kapalua Beach, don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lahaina trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Honolulu to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea, Kihei, Parasailing & Paragliding, Zipline, Kapalua Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Kamaole Beach Park II ©
Kamaole Beach Park II
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park

4
nights
Kailua-Kona, United States

Kailua-Kona ©
Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mauna Kea and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Get outdoors at Swim with Dolphins and Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu), Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with a fishing tour and look for gifts at Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Punalu‘U Beach, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

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