28 days in South Pacific Itinerary

28 days in South Pacific Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific trip itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Cairns, Australia
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Port Douglas, Australia
— 1 night
Fly
3
Darwin, Australia
— 3 nights
+2
Fly to Perth, Train to Armadale Stn Platform 2, Bus to Albany
4
Albany, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Kangaroo Island, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Canberra, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Port Macquarie, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly
8
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Bus
9
Wanaka, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Dunedin, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly
11
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28

Cairns, Australia

— 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Barron Falls and Trinity Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cairns to Kuranda to see Australian Butterfly Sanctuary about 40 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cairns tour itinerary planner.

Seattle, USA to Cairns is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a 18 hour difference. In April, Cairns is warmer than Seattle - with highs of 85°F and lows of 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:

Port Douglas, Australia

— 1 night
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, then stroll through Mossman Gorge Centre, and finally make a trip to St Mary’s by The Sea chapel.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Douglas trip maker website.

You can drive from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Darwin.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 3 — 4:

Darwin, Australia

— 3 nights

Outback Capital of the Northern Territory

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
On the 5th (Thu), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Berry Springs Nature Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, and finally make a splash at Wave Lagoon.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Darwin trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Port Douglas to Darwin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Port Douglas to Darwin is minus 0.5 hours. When traveling from Port Douglas in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Darwin, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Darwin

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

Albany, Australia

— 3 nights
Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Albany's Historic Whaling Station, and then kick back and relax at Little Beach. On the next day, trek along Tree Top Walk, enjoy the sand and surf at Greens Pool, and then explore the striking landscape at Elephant Rocks.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Albany road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Darwin to Albany in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Darwin to Albany due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Darwin in May, things will get much colder in Albany: highs are around 66°F and lows about 48°F. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Albany

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

Kangaroo Island, Australia

— 2 nights
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
On the 11th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Seal Bay Conservation Park, then stroll through Raptor Domain, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Admirals Arch. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kangaroo Island Spirits.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kangaroo Island holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Albany to Kangaroo Island takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Albany to Kangaroo Island, you'll lose 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to fly to Canberra.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

Canberra, Australia

— 2 nights

The Bush Capital

A planned city with streets laid out in elaborate, geometric patterns and founded specifically to serve as the capital of the emerging Australian state, Canberra has a self-sufficient atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Royal Australian Mint, then explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Burley Griffin, and finally make a trip to Mount Ainslie Lookout. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at National Arboretum Canberra, get a sense of history and politics at Old Parliament House, and then get curious at Questacon.

Plan my Canberra trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Canberra in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Kangaroo Island to Canberra, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Canberra are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Canberra

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Nature
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Port Macquarie, Australia

— 2 nights
Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
On the 15th (Sun), trek along Coastal walk, then stroll through Koala Hospital, and then visit a coastal fixture at Tacking Point Lighthouse.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Port Macquarie trip planner.

Getting from Canberra to Port Macquarie by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canberra in May, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be somewhat warmer, around 53°F, while days are slightly colder, around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Otago Central Rail Trail and Skydiving. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Glenorchy-Queenstown Road (in Mount Creighton) and Highlands - Experience the Exceptional (in Cromwell). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, trek along Queenstown Hill, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and make a trip to Arrowtown Village.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Queenstown takes 9 hours. Traveling from Port Macquarie to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Wanaka, New Zealand

— 2 nights
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the activities along Wanaka, then hike along Mount Iron Track, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Roys Peak Track, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Wanaka trip itinerary builder app.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

Dunedin, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Larnach Castle & Gardens, then take in the dramatic natural features at Otago Peninsula, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Royal Albatross Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to The World's Steepest Street, get a new perspective on nature at Otago Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.

Make your Dunedin itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wanaka to Dunedin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 3 nights

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 hidden gems such as Aratiatia Rapids and Horseback Riding Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Helicopter Tours) and Mount Maunganui (Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Mount Maunganui Summit Track, &more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Government Gardens, take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, steep yourself in history at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, and stroll through Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rotorua sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Rotorua takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 26: