17 days in Auckland & French Polynesia Itinerary

17 days in Auckland & French Polynesia Itinerary

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17 days in Auckland & French Polynesia Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
2
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Maupiti Island, French Polynesia
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Tahaa, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
7
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Brisbane, Australia

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): enjoy the thrill of live dance at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

Plan a trip to Auckland Central easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Brisbane, Australia to Auckland Central is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Auckland Central, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Brisbane in September, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Auckland Central: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 15°C at night. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Auckland

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Nightlife
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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.
To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Papeete trip builder website .

You can fly from Auckland Central to Papeete in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Tahiti Time (TAHT) is minus 22 hours. Traveling from Auckland Central in September, expect nights in Papeete to be a bit warmer, around 26°C, while days are warmer, around 34°C. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Maupiti Island.

Things to do in Papeete

Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:
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Municipal Market
Municipal Market

2
nights
Maupiti Island, French Polynesia

Maupiti Island ©
Tropical paradise doesn't get more surreal than on Maupiti Island, a volcano perched on a coral atoll and surrounded by a horseshoe of forested land.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Tereia Beach, then make a trip to Le Palais de la mer, and then get outside with Mt. Teurafaatiu.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Maupiti Island trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Papeete to Maupiti Island takes 1.5 hours. You'll set off for Bora Bora on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Maupiti Island

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:
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Tereia Beach ©
Tereia Beach
Le Palais de la mer ©
Le Palais de la mer

4
nights
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora ©
There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Step out of the city life by going to Matira Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Otemanu, look for gifts at Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bora Bora vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Maupiti Island to Bora Bora. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Tahaa.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:
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Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Mount Otemanu ©
Mount Otemanu
Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora ©
Arc En Ciel Bora-Bora

3
nights
Tahaa, French Polynesia

Tahaa ©
Taha’a is an island located among the western group, the Leeward Islands, of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. Visiting Jardin de Corail and Vallee de la Vanille will get you outdoors. It doesn't end there: get outside with Spiaggia di Joe Dassin and identify plant and animal life at Turtle Conservation Center.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tahaa trip itinerary planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bora Bora to Tahaa. On the 28th (Fri), you'll travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Tahaa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
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Jardin de Corail ©
Jardin de Corail
Vallee de la Vanille ©
Vallee de la Vanille

3
nights
Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): make a trip to Temple Protestant de Paofai and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Tomb of King Pomare V. Keep things going the next day: stop by Happy Tahiti, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral, then stop by Viamiti Perles, then enjoy the sand and surf at Punaauia Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Taharuu Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Papeete day trip tool .

You can fly from Tahaa to Papeete in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Papeete

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Punaauia Beach, Faarumai Waterfalls, Taharuu Beach
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Poe Charter Tahiti ©
Poe Charter Tahiti
Faarumai Waterfalls ©
Faarumai Waterfalls
Paofai Gardens ©
Paofai Gardens

2
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
Visiting Auckland Zoo and Rangitoto Island will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Piha Beach and Orewa Beach. Explore Auckland Central further: head off the coast to Tiritiri Matangi Island, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, and contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Auckland Central trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Papeete to Auckland Central in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Papeete to Auckland Central is 22 hours. Traveling from Papeete in October, expect nights in Auckland Central to be little chillier, around 16°C, while days are cooler, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Piha Beach, Orewa Beach
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden
Rangitoto Island ©
Rangitoto Island
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

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