60 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

60 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

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60 days in South Pacific & Asia Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Fly:  26​h
1
Melbourne, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Gold Coast, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Auckland, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Neiafu, Tonga
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Apia, Samoa
— 5 nights
Drive + ferry:  2​h 15​min
10
Savai'i, Samoa
— 1 night
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
11
Nadi, Fiji
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
12
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
13
Kyoto, Japan
— 8 nights
train + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Dublin, Ireland

6
nights
Melbourne, Australia

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Go for a jaunt from Melbourne to Torquay to see The Great Ocean Road about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and examine the collection at Melbourne Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne attractions planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Melbourne is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Dublin in June, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 16°C and 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Balloon Rides
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sydney: Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum (in Faulconbridge) and Wentworth Falls (in Katoomba). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, see the interesting displays at Australian National Maritime Museum, stroll through Bondi Beach, and kick back and relax at Manly Beach.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in June, with highs in Sydney at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Wentworth Falls
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk ©
Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

4
nights
Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Brisbane (South Bank Parklands, City Botanic Gardens, & more). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea World Theme Park and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Gold Coast vacation maker site .

Getting from Sydney to Gold Coast by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Brisbane
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

6
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Te Anau (Milford Sound, Te Anau Glowworm Caves, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, hit the slopes at Coronet Peak, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Queenstown day trip planning website .

You can fly from Gold Coast to Queenstown in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Gold Coast to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Te Anau, Fiordland National Park
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

6
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Honey Hive, Huka Falls Walkway, & more), Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, get your game on at OGO Rotorua, get impressive views of Whakaari White Island Volcano, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua travel route builder app .

Fly from Queenstown to Rotorua in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set, Whakaari White Island Volcano
Find places to stay Jun 25 — Jul 1:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

5
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auckland: Waiheke Island (Connells Bay Sculpture Park & Wine Tours & Tastings). There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, and get impressive views of Rangitoto Island.

To find out how to plan a trip to Auckland, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Rotorua in July, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nuku'alofa.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Waiheke Island
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Wine Tours & Tastings
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum

2
nights
Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Nuku'alofa ©
The capital of Tonga and the seat of the island nation's royal family, Nuku'alofa was first seen by Western eyes in 1777, when legendary Captain James Cook arrived in the area.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Ha'amonga'a Maui Trilithon, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ha'atafu Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): Head underground at Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Free Church of Tonga.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Nuku'alofa trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Nuku'alofa takes 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Nuku'alofa is 1 hour. Traveling from Auckland in July, you will find days in Nuku'alofa are warmer (28°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Neiafu.

Things to do in Nuku'alofa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tongatapu Island, Anahulu Cave - The Underground Swimming Pool
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Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes ©
Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes
Ha'amonga'a Maui Trilithon ©
Ha'amonga'a Maui Trilithon

1
day
Neiafu, Tonga

Neiafu
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Talau and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Neiafu trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Nuku'alofa to Neiafu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. July in Neiafu sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Apia.

Things to do in Neiafu

Parks Nature
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5
nights
Apia, Samoa

Apia ©
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.
Explore Apia's surroundings by going to Lalomanu Beach (in Lalomanu) and To Sua Ocean Trench (in Lotofaga). Next up on the itinerary: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, admire the sheer force of Waterfall Sauniatu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baha'i House of Worship, Tiapapata, Samoa, and explore the fascinating underground world of Piula Cave Pool.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Apia trip planning app .

You can fly from Neiafu to Apia in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Savai'i.

Things to do in Apia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Upolu, Lalomanu Beach, To Sua Ocean Trench
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To Sua Ocean Trench ©
To Sua Ocean Trench
Lalomanu Beach ©
Lalomanu Beach

1
night
Savai'i, Samoa

Savai'i ©
On the 15th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Alofaaga Blowholes, take in the dramatic scenery at Afu Aau Waterfall, and then make a trip to Pulemelei Ancient Mound.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Savai'i itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Apia to Savai'i in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nadi.

Things to do in Savai'i

Parks Nature
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Alofaaga Blowholes ©
Alofaaga Blowholes
Afu Aau Waterfall ©
Afu Aau Waterfall
Pulemelei Ancient Mound ©
Pulemelei Ancient Mound

2
nights
Nadi, Fiji

Nadi ©
Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the waterfront activity at Port Denarau Marina, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Garden of the Sleeping Giant, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Subar Maniya. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nadi online route planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Savai'i to Nadi in 5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Savai'i to Nadi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nadi

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Denarau Island
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:
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Garden of the Sleeping Giant ©
Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Port Denarau Marina ©
Port Denarau Marina
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Nadi to Tokyo by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Traveling from Nadi to Tokyo, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Nadi in July, with lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Todai-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Himeji Castle
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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