17 days in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  22 h 15 min
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h
4
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Honiara, Solomon Islands
— 2 nights
Fly:  33 h
End: Toronto, Canada

2
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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, have some family-friendly fun at Sky Screamer Reverse Bungy, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Auckland is an approximately 23- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Toronto to Auckland, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Toronto in January: high temperatures in Auckland hover around 22°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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Wine Tours & Tastings
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Te Waihou Walkway (in Putaruru), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Maori Rock Carvings, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, don't miss a visit to Amokura Glass, and get your game on at OGO Rotorua.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rotorua itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Auckland in January, expect nights in Rotorua to be slightly colder, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Te Waihou Walkway, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Zipline
Horseback Riding Tours
Boat Tours & Water Sports

4
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.
Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Milford Sound (in Te Anau) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre, stroll through Hollyford Track, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Queenstown takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Port Moresby.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hollyford Track, Milford Sound, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

1
night
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby ©
In contrast to the surrounding wilderness, national capital Port Moresby offers some impressive cultural attractions and a decent array of amenities.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): meet the residents at Port Moresby Nature Park, stroll the grounds of Bomana War Cemetery, and then admire the natural beauty at National Orchid Garden.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Port Moresby travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Port Moresby by flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Queenstown to Port Moresby, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Port Moresby are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Honiara.

Things to do in Port Moresby

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Port Moresby Nature Park ©
Port Moresby Nature Park
Bomana War Cemetery ©
Bomana War Cemetery

2
nights
Honiara, Solomon Islands

Honiara ©
The hustle and bustle of Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands, provides a nice counterpoint to the slow pace and laid-back atmosphere in other areas of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Tenaru Falls, delve into the distant past at Bonegi I and II, then pause for some photo ops at Solomon Scouts & Coastwatchers Memorial, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Cathedral.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Honiara attractions app.

You can fly from Port Moresby to Honiara in 3 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Port Moresby to Honiara due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honiara

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Holy Cross Cathedral ©
Holy Cross Cathedral
Solomon Scouts & Coastwatchers Memorial ©
Solomon Scouts & Coastwatchers Memorial
Bonegi I and II ©
Bonegi I and II

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