16 days in Oceania Itinerary

16 days in Oceania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand attractions planner
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Milford
— 1 night
Drive
3
Bluff
Drive
4
Wanaka
— 1 night
Drive
5
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly
7
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
8
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Tauranga
— 1 night
Fly
11
Auckland
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, make a trip to Arrowtown Village, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Ben Lomond Track, stroll through Queenstown Hill, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown road trip planning website.

Brisbane, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Queenstown, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Milford.
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Milford — 1 night

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Milford travel planner.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Milford takes 22 hours. In January, daytime highs in Milford are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 24th (Tue), you're off to Bluff.
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Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:

Bluff

Bluff, previously known as Campbelltown, is a town and seaport in the Southland region, on the southern coast of the South Island of New Zealand. To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bluff day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Milford to Bluff in 23.5 hours. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Wanaka.
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Wanaka — 1 night

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): hike along Mount Iron Track, get interesting insight from Tours, and then explore the activities along Lake Wanaka.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Wanaka trip app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bluff to Wanaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): trek along Kea Point Track, then trek along Glencoe Walk, then identify plant and animal life at Glacier Explorers, and finally hike along Governors Bush Walk. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Peters Pool Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and finally stroll through Fox Glacier South Side Walk.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) road trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wanaka to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Christchurch.
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Christchurch — 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 29th (Sun), kick back and relax at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), wander the streets of Port Hills, then examine the collection at Quake City, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch online trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Christchurch. In January in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Wellington.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, then enjoy the sand and surf at Oriental Bay, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Wellington by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Wellington when traveling from Christchurch in January, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Tongariro National Park.
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Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:

Tongariro National Park — 2 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): stroll through Taranaki Falls, trek along Mounds Walk, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally trek along Rotopounamu Track.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Tauranga.
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Tauranga — 1 night

The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
On the 4th (Sat), kick back and relax at Pilot Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Maunganui Summit Track, then hike along Mount Maunganui Base Track, and finally kick back and relax at Mt Maunganui Main Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tauranga travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Tauranga takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Tauranga sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Auckland.
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Auckland — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Howick Historical Village, step off the mainland to explore Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, and then contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Auckland day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tauranga to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tauranga in February since evenings lows in Auckland dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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