10 days in Oceania Itinerary

10 days in Oceania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand planner

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Auckland
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Christchurch
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Rotorua
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Auckland

— 2 nights

City of Sails

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): look for gifts at Pauanesia, don't miss a visit to SkyTower, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: get impressive views of Rangitoto Island, then see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Auckland online tour itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around 20°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 20°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Christchurch.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Christchurch

— 2 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable ride with Christchurch Gondola, then take a stroll through Port Hills, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Avon River.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Christchurch trip site.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Christchurch takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Christchurch: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Rotorua

— 2 nights

Sulphur City

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.
On the 31st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Government Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotorua, and finally take in the natural beauty of Kuirau Park. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua online trip maker.

You can fly from Christchurch to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Christchurch in December since evenings lows in Rotorua dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Wellington

— 1 night

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
On the 2nd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay, and then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Nature · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

Queenstown

— 2 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then hike along Ben Lomond Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and then stroll around Village Green.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown tour planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

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