19 days in Oceania Itinerary

19 days in Oceania Itinerary

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Palmerston North
— 1 night
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Picton
— 1 night
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Nelson
— 2 nights
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Westport
— 1 night
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Fox Glacier
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Te Anau
— 1 night
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Invercargill
— 2 nights
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Dunedin
— 1 night
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Twizel
— 1 night
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Timaru
— 1 night
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Kaiapoi
— 1 night
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Blenheim
— 1 night
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Masterton
— 1 night
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Taupo
— 1 night
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Palmerston North

— 1 night
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. On the 27th (Sun), examine the collection at New Zealand Rugby Museum and then stop by The Shearing Shed.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Palmerston North online route builder.

Te Awamutu to Palmerston North is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. In December in Palmerston North, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Picton.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Museums · Shopping
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Picton

— 1 night

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Picton attractions app.

Getting from Palmerston North to Picton by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Palmerston North in December, you will find days in Picton are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are little chillier (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Nelson.

Things to do in Picton

Parks · Trails · Outdoors
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Nelson

— 2 nights

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Nelson Classic Car Museum and then find your balance on the water with Kaiteriteri Kayaks.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelson travel planning tool.

Drive from Picton to Nelson in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Westport.

Things to do in Nelson

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

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Westport

— 1 night
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Westport day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nelson to Westport takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Westport

Breweries & Distilleries
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Fox Glacier

— 1 night
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fox Glacier vacation website.

Drive from Westport to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Tours
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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.
Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

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Te Anau

— 1 night
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 maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Invercargill.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
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Invercargill

— 2 nights
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Southern Scenic Route.

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You can take a bus from Te Anau to Invercargill in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Invercargill

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums · Parks
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Dunedin

— 1 night

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dunedin trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Invercargill to Dunedin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Twizel.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums · Historic Sites
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Twizel

— 1 night
To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Twizel trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Dunedin to Twizel by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Timaru.

Things to do in Twizel

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nightlife
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Timaru

— 1 night
Timaru is a port city in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, located 157 kilometres southwest of Christchurch and about 196 kilometres northeast of Dunedin on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island. Start your trip to Timaru by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Twizel to Timaru in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kaiapoi.

Things to do in Timaru

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Kaiapoi

— 1 night
To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kaiapoi attractions planning website.

Getting from Timaru to Kaiapoi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. January in Kaiapoi sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Blenheim.

Things to do in Kaiapoi

Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Blenheim

— 1 night
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Blenheim day trip planning app.

Drive from Kaiapoi to Blenheim in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kaiapoi in January since evenings lows in Blenheim dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Masterton.
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Masterton

— 1 night
Masterton is a large town in the Wellington Region of New Zealand and the seat of the Masterton District . To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Masterton trip planner.

Getting from Blenheim to Masterton by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. In January in Masterton, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 16°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Taupo.

Things to do in Masterton

Shopping

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Taupo

— 1 night

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo online journey builder.

Getting from Masterton to Taupo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Taupo

Tours · Shopping
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