15 days in Australia, New Zealand & Vaitape Itinerary

15 days in Australia, New Zealand & Vaitape Itinerary

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15 days in Australia, New Zealand & Vaitape Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  17​h
1
Sydney, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne, Australia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly + ferry:  17​h
4
Vaitape, French Polynesia
— 3 nights
ferry + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: San Francisco, United States

3
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.
Sydney is known for parks, beaches, shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, hike along The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sydney journey maker website .

San Francisco, USA to Sydney is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Sydney, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in November, expect Sydney to be a bit warmer, temps between 77°F and 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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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

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Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Eureka Skydeck, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Fitzroy Gardens and then explore and take pictures at The Great Ocean Road.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne sightseeing tool .

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 50°F in Melbourne. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

The Great Ocean Road
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Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Zoo ©
Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

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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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, parks, spas, nightlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Garden, appreciate the history behind William Gilbert Rees Statue, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown vacation planning website .

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Queenstown takes 6 hours. Traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Vaitape.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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Vaitape, French Polynesia

Perched at the foot of Bora Bora's emerald peak, by the side of the deep blue central lagoon, Vaitape is breathtakingly beautiful.
Vaitape is known for shopping, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, browse the exhibits of Bora Art Upstairs, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Saint Pierre-Celestin Church, and view the masterpieces at Alain Despert.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Vaitape trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Queenstown to Vaitape takes 17 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Queenstown to Vaitape, you'll gain 22 hours due to the time zone difference. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Vaitape

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bora Bora
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach
Mount Otemanu ©
Mount Otemanu

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