16 days in French Polynesia & Auckland Itinerary

16 days in French Polynesia & Auckland Itinerary

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16 days in French Polynesia & Auckland Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Papeete, French Polynesia
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Fatu Hiva, French Polynesia
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Taiohae, French Polynesia
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  7​h
5
Moorea, French Polynesia
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

6
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Muriwai Gannet Colony and Bethells Beach. You'll explore and learn at Waipu Museum and Bohemian Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Warkworth (Horse Riding Warkworth, Of Hand & Heart, & more), Minniesdale Chapel (in Wharehine) and Matakana War Memorial (in Matakana). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Orewa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Takapuna Beach, walk around Karekare Beach, and learn about winemaking at Villa Maria Auckland Winery.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Auckland online trip itinerary builder .

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In July, daytime highs in Auckland are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Papeete.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Warkworth, Orewa, Matakana War Memorial, Villa Maria Auckland Winery, Minniesdale Chapel
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Bethells Beach ©
Bethells Beach
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony

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night
Papeete, French Polynesia

Papeete ©
The capital of French Polynesia, Pape'ete amounts to little more than a medium-sized town by Western standards, but it is still a thriving hub of culture and commerce.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tahiti and the Islands and then take in nature's colorful creations at The Water Gardens of Vaipahi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Tahiti Pearl Market, then steep yourself in history at James Norman Hall Home, then admire the sheer force of Faarumai Waterfalls, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Point Venus.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Papeete trip planner.

Fly from Auckland to Papeete in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Tahiti Time (TAHT) is minus 22 hours. Traveling from Auckland in July, expect nights in Papeete to be somewhat warmer, around 26°C, while days are much warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fatu Hiva.

Things to do in Papeete

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tahiti, Faarumai Waterfalls, The Water Gardens of Vaipahi, Museum of Tahiti and the Islands
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The Water Gardens of  Vaipahi ©
The Water Gardens of Vaipahi
Faarumai Waterfalls ©
Faarumai Waterfalls
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands ©
Museum of Tahiti and the Islands

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Fatu Hiva, French Polynesia

Fatu Hiva ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Virgins (Baie de Vierges).

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fatu Hiva trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Papeete to Fatu Hiva by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Taiohae.

Things to do in Fatu Hiva

Nature Parks
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Bay of Virgins (Baie de Vierges) ©
Bay of Virgins (Baie de Vierges)

1
night
Taiohae, French Polynesia

Taiohae ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Taiohae trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fatu Hiva to Taiohae. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Moorea.

Things to do in Taiohae

Historic Sites
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Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Notre Dame Cathedral

5
nights
Moorea, French Polynesia

Moorea ©
On the tattered triangle of Mo'orea, green peaks and ridges jut up out of the flat, fertile valleys.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Temae Beach and Tiahura Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Route des Ananas and Tiki Village Cultural Center. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Ta'ahiamanu Beach, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, stop by Eva Perles Pearl Buying, and take in nature's colorful creations at Moorea Tropical Garden.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Moorea road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Taiohae to Moorea takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daily temperatures in Moorea can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Moorea

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Temae Beach ©
Temae Beach
Shark Diving
Tiahura Beach ©
Tiahura Beach

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