22 days in California, New Zealand & French Polynesia Itinerary

22 days in California, New Zealand & French Polynesia Itinerary

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22 days in California, New Zealand & French Polynesia Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
2
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  18​h 15​min
4
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
— 4 nights
ferry + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Moorea, French Polynesia
— 4 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  12​h
6
San Francisco, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Montreal, Canada

3
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Paramount Pictures Studio Tour. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disney California Adventure Park about 38 minutes away.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning tool .

Montreal, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Montreal in December, expect Los Angeles to be much warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Tours Parks

Side Trips

Disney California Adventure Park, Santa Monica Pier
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Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Skyline Queenstown. Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Lake Wanaka in Wanaka--about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, trek along Queenstown Hill, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Los Angeles to Queenstown in 18.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles to Queenstown, you'll lose 20 hours due to the time zone difference. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Fri) before leaving for Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Lake Wanaka
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Zipline

3
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
On the 5th (Sun), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, hike along Mirror Lakes Walk, stroll through Lake Gunn, and look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau online attractions planner .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bora Bora.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

4
nights
Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora ©
There's a reason why many consider Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world.
Spend the 11th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Matira Beach and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Otemanu.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bora Bora trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Punaauia to Bora Bora in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Moorea.

Things to do in Bora Bora

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Mount Otemanu ©
Mount Otemanu
Matira Beach ©
Matira Beach

4
nights
Moorea, French Polynesia

On the tattered triangle of Mo'orea, green peaks and ridges jut up out of the flat, fertile valleys.
Moorea is known for wildlife, adventure, shopping, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lagoonarium, get great views at Belvedere Lookout, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Moorea online itinerary maker .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Bora Bora to Moorea in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Moorea

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Shark Diving
Magic Mountain ©
Magic Mountain
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Moorea to San Francisco by combination of ferry and flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: fly. The time zone changes from Tahiti Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Moorea in January, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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