19 days in Oceania Itinerary

19 days in Oceania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand sightseeing planner

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Christchurch
— 1 night
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Greymouth
Drive
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Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 1 night
Unknown
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Te Anau
Drive
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Milford Sound
Unknown
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Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive
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Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive
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Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive
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Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive
11
Blenheim
— 2 nights
Ferry
12
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive
13
Napier
— 2 nights
Drive
14
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly
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Auckland
— 2 nights

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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.
To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch holiday site.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiport is Christchurch International Airport. In February, daytime highs in Christchurch are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 10th (Mon), you're off to Greymouth.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
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Greymouth

Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): hike along Woods Creek Track, then steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Monteith's Brewing Company.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Greymouth road trip website.

You can drive from Christchurch to Greymouth in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Greymouth

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors
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Franz Josef

— 2 nights
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): hike along Roberts Point Track, then go for a walk through Tatare Tunnels Walk, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Franz Josef online itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Greymouth to Franz Josef takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 12th (Wed), you're off to Queenstown.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
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Queenstown

— 1 night

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 12th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown day trip website.

You can drive from Franz Josef to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Shopping · Museums

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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.
To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau visit planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. You will leave for Milford Sound on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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Milford Sound

Eighth Wonder of the World

Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Bowen Falls and then see the interesting displays at Southern Discoveries - Milford Sound Underwater Observatory.

Before you visit Milford Sound, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Milford Sound. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Museums · Nature · Parks
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Queenstown

— 1 night

Shallow Bay

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Queenstown online vacation maker.

Getting from Milford Sound to Queenstown by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Museums
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Lake Tekapo

— 1 night
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo day trip planning app.

Drive from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Nightlife

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Christchurch

— 1 night

Garden City

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch route planner.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 16th (Sun), you're off to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
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Kaikoura

— 2 nights
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): shop like a local with Art & Design Gallery, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, and then make a trip to Queen Mary Hospital. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura trip itinerary website.

Getting from Christchurch to Kaikoura by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Blenheim.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Blenheim

— 2 nights
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Wither Hills Cellar Door, then look for gifts at Makana Confections, and then take in the waterfront activity at Picton Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Framingham Wines and then stroll through Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Blenheim online vacation planner.

You can drive from Kaikoura to Blenheim in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Blenheim can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

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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.
On the 21st (Fri), catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bolton Street Cemetery, then wander the streets of Cuba Street, and finally examine the collection at National War Memorial.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Wellington trip planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Blenheim to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Napier.

Things to do in Wellington

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Transportation
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Napier

— 2 nights
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 22nd (Sat), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then learn about winemaking at Elephant Hill, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Waiapu Anglican Cathedral, Napier, New Zealand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Black Barn Vineyards, explore and take pictures at Te Mata Peak, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gannet Colony.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Napier trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Wellington to Napier in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Napier

Parks · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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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 24th (Mon): catch some excitement at 3D Trick Art Gallery and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Napier to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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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.
On the 25th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip maker website.

Getting from Rotorua to Auckland by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rotorua in February since evenings lows in Auckland dip to 26°C. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Side Trip

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