33 days in Africa, Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

Make it your trip
Drive to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, Fly to Nosy Be
Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 5 nights
Bangkok, Thailand
— 4 nights
Fly to Trang, Ferry to Ko Lanta
Ko Lanta, Thailand
— 3 nights
Ferry to Phuket Bang Rong Pier, Drive to Thalang Temple, Bus to Phuket, Fly to Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand
— 5 nights
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 7 nights
Alofi, Niue
— 6 nights
Fly to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, Drive to Bathurst


Nosy Be, Madagascar — 5 nights

Perfume Island

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nosy Sakatia. Escape the urban bustle at Lokobe Nature Special Reserve and Ambaro Ranch. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Passot, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lemuria Land, and step off the mainland to explore Nosy Fanihy.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read Nosy Be day trip planner.

Bathurst, Australia to Nosy Be is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Bathurst to Nosy Be. Traveling from Bathurst in March, expect Nosy Be to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. On the 17th (Fri), you'll travel to Bangkok.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 17:

Bangkok, Thailand — 4 nights

City of Angels

Do your shopping at Tom's Fashion and Chatuchak Weekend Market. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute) and Wat Bowonniwet Vihara. Spend the 21st (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), get a taste of local nightlife at Checkinn99, and make a trip to Wat Pho.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bangkok trip planner.

Fly from Nosy Be to Bangkok in 20 hours. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Nosy Be to Bangkok due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nosy Be in March, expect nights in Bangkok to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 40°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Ko Lanta.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 22:

Ko Lanta, Thailand — 3 nights

Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Long Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Khlong Dao Beach and Diamond Cliff Beach. There's still lots to do: stroll through Khlong Khong Beach, kick back and relax at Nui Beach, look for gifts at Star Fashion, and Head underground at Khao Mai Kaew Cave.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ko Lanta trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Bangkok to Ko Lanta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Bangkok in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ko Lanta, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Auckland.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:

Auckland, New Zealand — 5 nights

City of Sails

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Brick Bay Sculpture Trail and Takapuna Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Climbing Tours and Browns Bay Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Orewa (Orewa Beach & Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway), Kitekite Falls (in Piha) and Matakana Beach Outfitters (in Matakana). There's still lots to do: stroll around Albert Park, work some fitness into your day at Nelson Street Cycleway, head off the coast to Hauraki Gulf, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bethells Beach.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Auckland travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, car, bus, and flight from Ko Lanta to Auckland takes 19 hours. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Ko Lanta in March: highs in Auckland hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Queenstown.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails
Side Trips
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 31:

Queenstown, New Zealand — 7 nights

Shallow Bay

Step out of the city life by going to Kiwi Park and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ben Lomond Track and Fishing Charters & Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Cardrona Bra Fence in Cardrona (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, take a memorable drive along Crown Range Road, get engrossed in the history at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Queenstown Trail.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip planning app.

Fly from Auckland to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Fri) before leaving for Alofi.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails
Side Trips
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 7:

Alofi, Niue — 6 nights

You'll get in some beach time at Opaahi Landing and Utuko Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Limu Pools.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Alofi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Alofi takes 11 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Niue Time (NUT), which is usually a -23 hour difference. April in Alofi sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 12:

Madagascar travel guide

Nature & Parks · National Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling
Red Island
Madagascar deserves its reputation as a nature lover's paradise--around 5 percent of the world's plant and animal species are endemic to this island. Lemurs and rainforests, karst landscapes and rich red soil steal the headlines and remain among tops reasons to take a trip to Madagascar. The cultural diversity of the population also provides plenty of intrigue and interest, with distinctive ceremonies, unusual sports, and a varied cuisine all highlights of active, enriching Madagascan itineraries.

Thailand travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops
Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.

Krabi Province travel guide

Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
Visitors usually come back from their holiday in Krabi Province deeply impressed by the region's natural attractions, which include white-sand beaches, extensive coral reefs, numerous waterfalls, caves, and more than 130 islands. The area encompasses some of the most popular destinations floating just off the picturesque Andaman Coast, including the six islands protected as a national park of impressive natural beauty. Most tours of Krabi Province include an exploration of the vertical karst formations jutting from the sea, a dramatic backdrop for water-based adventures. Although mass tourism in the province increasingly exerts pressure, many of the islands here retain a relaxed feel and offer a bit of solitude in a heavenly tropical setting.

New Zealand travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

Niue travel guide

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.