20 days in South Pacific Itinerary

20 days in South Pacific Itinerary

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20 days in South Pacific Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  22​h
1
Nadi, Fiji
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Taveuni Island, Fiji
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Suva, Fiji
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
4
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
5
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Avarua, Cook Islands
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
8
Auckland, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

1
night
Nadi, Fiji

Nadi ©
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
On the 27th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nadi route planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Nadi is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Dubai to Nadi, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Dubai in October: high temperatures in Nadi hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Taveuni Island.

Things to do in Nadi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Port Denarau Marina
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Port Denarau Marina ©
Port Denarau Marina
Garden of the Sleeping Giant ©
Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool ©
Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool

2
nights
Taveuni Island, Fiji

Taveuni Island ©
Known as the Garden Island, Taveuni is a tropical paradise of tall mountains draped in lush rainforest, filled with delicate wildflowers and colorful birds, and dotted with cascading waterfalls.
On the 29th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Bouma National Heritage Park. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Waitavala Natural Rock Waterslide, take in the dramatic scenery at Tavoro Waterfalls, and then identify plant and animal life at Lavena Coastal Walk.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Taveuni Island tour planner.

You can fly from Nadi to Taveuni Island in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Suva.

Things to do in Taveuni Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Bouma National Heritage Park ©
Bouma National Heritage Park
Lavena Coastal Walk ©
Lavena Coastal Walk
Tavoro Waterfalls ©
Tavoro Waterfalls

1
night
Suva, Fiji

Suva ©
Situated on a verdant, hilly peninsula, Suva is the second-largest city in the South Pacific and has been the capital of Fiji since 1882.
On the 31st (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Fiji Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at TappooCity Suva, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Suva Municipal Market.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Suva trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Taveuni Island to Suva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or ride a ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Suva

Shopping Museums
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Suva Municipal Market ©
Suva Municipal Market
Fiji Museum ©
Fiji Museum
TappooCity Suva ©
TappooCity Suva

2
nights
Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Waiheke Island is known for adventure, wineries, breweries, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, stop by Azzuro Groves, do a tasting at Man O' War Vineyards, and look for all kinds of wild species at Stony Batter.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Waiheke Island trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Suva to Waiheke Island. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Suva in November: highs in Waiheke Island hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries Tours Wildlife
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Connells Bay Sculpture Park ©
Connells Bay Sculpture Park
Stonyridge Vineyard ©
Stonyridge Vineyard

1
day
Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki ©
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
On the 3rd (Sat), step off the mainland to explore One Foot Island, stroll through Aitutaki Lagoon, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Maungapu.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Aitutaki journey planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Waiheke Island to Aitutaki. The time zone difference when traveling from Waiheke Island to Aitutaki is minus 22 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Avarua.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Parks Nature Beaches
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Aitutaki Lagoon ©
Aitutaki Lagoon
One Foot Island ©
One Foot Island
Mount Maungapu ©
Mount Maungapu

3
nights
Avarua, Cook Islands

Avarua ©
Avarua is known for shopping, historic sites, museums, nightlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Titikaveka Beach, stroll through Muri Lagoon, find something for the whole family at Cocoputt, and see the interesting displays at Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Avarua day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Aitutaki to Avarua takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Avarua can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Avarua

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rarotonga, Titikaveka Beach
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Titikaveka Beach ©
Titikaveka Beach
Muri Lagoon ©
Muri Lagoon
Te Rua Manga (The Needle) ©
Te Rua Manga (The Needle)

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tahiti and the Islands, browse the eclectic array of goods at Municipal Market, then stop by Mihiarii Pearls, then look for gifts at Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls, and finally look for gifts at Papeete Roulottes. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at James Norman Hall Home and then admire the sheer force of Fautaua.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Papeete trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Avarua to Papeete takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Papeete

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Tahiti, Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
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Fautaua ©
Fautaua
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
James Norman Hall Home ©
James Norman Hall Home

4
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.
Auckland Central is known for nature, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, step off the mainland to explore Rangitoto Island, explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and explore and take pictures at Viaduct Harbour.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland Central trip maker website .

You can fly from Papeete to Auckland Central in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 22 hours traveling from Papeete to Auckland Central due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Papeete in November: highs in Auckland Central hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

The Vault
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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