44 days in Oceania Itinerary

44 days in Oceania Itinerary

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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Avarua, Cook Islands
— 6 nights
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 8 nights
Fly to Rarotonga International Airport, Drive to Muri
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Muri, Cook Islands
— 9 nights
Drive to Rarotonga International Airport, Fly to Alofi
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Alofi, Niue
— 3 nights
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
— 3 nights
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Taveuni Island, Fiji
— 1 night
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Suva, Fiji
— 2 nights
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Sigatoka, Fiji
— 2 nights
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Nadi, Fiji
— 3 nights
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Auckland, New Zealand — 2 nights

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.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Auckland tour itinerary planning website.

Westport to Auckland is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Avarua.
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Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Avarua, Cook Islands — 6 nights

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Te Rua Manga (The Needle) and Wreck of the Matai. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Cook Islands Cultural Village, shop like a local with Bergman & Sons, hunt for treasures at Punanga Nui, and kick back and relax at Black Rock Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Avarua day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Avarua takes 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 22 hours traveling from Auckland to Avarua. Traveling from Auckland in December, expect Avarua to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 26°C. You will leave for Aitutaki on the 20th (Tue).
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Find places to stay Dec 14 — 20:

Aitutaki, Cook Islands — 8 nights

Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Vaka Cruise. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aitutaki Lagoon and O'otu Beach. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore One Foot Island, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Maungapu, get outside with Akaiami, and take in nature's colorful creations at Aitutaki Secret Garden.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Aitutaki tour planner.

Getting from Avarua to Aitutaki by flight takes about 3 hours. On the 28th (Wed), you're off to Muri.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 28:

Muri, Cook Islands — 9 nights

Raratonga's lagoon measures widest and deepest around Muri, attracting large numbers of tourists to swim, snorkel, dive, and boat in the turquoise water filled with tropical sea life.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Spa at Muri Beach Club Hotel as well as Koka Lagoon Cruises. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muri Lagoon and Takitumu Conservation Area. It doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise and kick back and relax at Titikaveka Beach.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Muri sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aitutaki to Muri. In December, daytime highs in Muri are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. On the 6th (Fri), you'll travel to Alofi.
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Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 6:

Alofi, Niue — 3 nights

Alofi is the capital of the Pacific Ocean island nation of Niue, which is located within the Realm of New Zealand. Step off the beaten path and head to Avaiki Cave and Hikulagi Sculpture Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Limu Pools, enjoy the sand and surf at Opaahi Landing, and get to know the fascinating history of Togo Chasm.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Alofi attractions site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Muri to Alofi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Muri to Alofi due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 30°C. On the 10th (Tue), you'll travel to Nuku'alofa.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga — 3 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes and Talamahu Markets. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Hufangalupe Natural Land Bridge, relax and rejuvenate at Island Glow, and take an unorthodox tour of 3 Headed Coconut.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nuku'alofa driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Alofi to Nuku'alofa in 24.5 hours. The time zone changes from Niue Time to Tonga Standard Time, which is usually a 24 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Nuku'alofa can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Taveuni Island.
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Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Taveuni Island, Fiji — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Tavoro Waterfalls and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lavena Coastal Walk.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Taveuni Island sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nuku'alofa to Taveuni Island. The time zone changes from Tonga Standard Time to Fiji Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Suva.
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Suva, Fiji — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Fiji Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at MHCC, and then admire the natural beauty at Thurston Garden.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Suva road trip planning website.

Fly from Taveuni Island to Suva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Suva can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Sigatoka.
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Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:

Sigatoka, Fiji — 2 nights

Located at the western end of Coral Coast, with its long sheltered beaches and popular surf spots, Sigatoka is best known for its immediate surroundings than for the town itself.
You've now added Sigatoka River Safari to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Hot Glass Fiji, then surround yourself with nature on Sigatoka River Safari, and then steep yourself in history at Tavuni Hill Fort.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sigatoka trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Suva to Sigatoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Suva in January, expect little chillier with lows of 27°C in Sigatoka. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Nadi.
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Nadi, Fiji — 3 nights

Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Keep things going the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Port Denarau Marina, don't miss a visit to Fiji Culture Village, then take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of the Sleeping Giant, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Vuda Point Marina Fiji.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nadi road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sigatoka to Nadi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Nadi can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. You will leave for Christchurch on the 23rd (Mon).
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Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

Christchurch, New Zealand — 2 nights

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, then walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then get great views at Godley Head, and finally wander the streets of Port Hills.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nadi to Christchurch in 8 hours. Traveling from Nadi in January, expect nights in Christchurch to be cooler, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Wed).
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Rarotonga travel guide

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Concerts & Shows · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
The center of Rarotonga is a mass of peaks and ridges, closely thatched with dense jungle. Around the outer edge of the island, between verdant bush and pristine white beaches, you'll find a scattering of hotels and resorts; restaurants, bars, and cafes; paw paw patches and fields of taro, mango, and bananas. Explore the unspoiled scenery of the interior, or relax wholeheartedly into the laid-back Islander way of life. There are two bus routes--clockwise and counterclockwise around the island--and the buses stop on demand, allowing you to get around with ease (if at a sedate place). Encircled by a sheltering coral reef, the crystal clear waters surrounding the island are calm and perfect for fishing, swimming, diving, paddling, snorkeling, or simply splashing about. Rarotonga also serves as the gateway to the rest of the Cook Islands, with tiny traditional communities, ancient caves, uninhabited islets, and sandy atolls to discover.
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Niue travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling · Historic Walking Areas
One of the world's tiniest independent nations, Niue packs plenty of appeal for bold explorers. A trip to Niue reveals rugged terrain--you'll need a good pair of hiking boots to climb and walk to some of the island's top attractions. Guided tours abound, but you can always rent a motorcycle of bicycle and set off on your own. If you're into active vacations, consider making your holiday in Niue all about caving, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, or kayaking.
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Tonga travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Nature & Parks
The Friendly Islands
Spread out over 177 islands, Tonga features an incredible array of natural environments and places to visit. "Island time" remains omnipresent in Tonga, and visitors may find that locals are in little hurry in their day-to-day lives. While sightseeing in Tonga, head for the country's three main island groupings--Vava'u, Ha'apai, and Tongatapu--to enjoy a taste of their world-class snorkeling and diving opportunities. Reefs and forests burst with life and lush foliage, and lend themselves well to enjoying the great outdoors, while sun-kissed beaches and idyllic lagoons make for fantastic lazy days along the shore. Alternatively, take advantage of the country's prolific whale-watching industry--frequently ranked among the best on the planet.
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Fiji travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Marinas · Fishing Charters & Tours
Located at the heart of the Central Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago of 333 islands and hundreds more tiny islets, many of which are uninhabited. The land masses range from vast Viti Levu, mountainous and covered in green jungle, to private desert islands available for rent. With bountiful sunshine, white sand beaches, tranquil oceans, and lush rainforest, it is no surprise that ecotourism in Fiji thrives. Local culture combines indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian, and European influences in a vibrant mix, with many of the smaller islands still retaining a strong element of traditional island life. Explore the countless pockets of paradise to find your favorite.
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