36 days in Oceania Itinerary

36 days in Oceania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

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Fly
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Tauranga
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Gisborne
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Nelson
— 1 night
Drive
7
Arthur's Pass National Park
Drive
8
Hokitika
— 1 night
Drive
9
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive
10
Wanaka
— 2 nights
Drive
11
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus
12
Queenstown
— 10 nights
Drive
13
Lake Tekapo
— 1 night
Drive
14
Timaru
— 2 nights
Drive
15
Christchurch
— 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland driving holiday planner.

Perth, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Perth to Auckland. When traveling from Perth in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can fly to Tauranga.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Tauranga

— 4 nights
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tauranga: Wairere Falls Track (in Okauia), Waitomo Caves (Ruakuri Walk & Waitomo Glowworm Caves) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 6th (Sun) at Waimarino Adventure Park. There's lots more to do: trek along Mount Maunganui Summit Track, admire the sheer force of McLaren Falls Park, stroll through Mt Maunganui Main Beach, and pick up some local products at Tauranga Farmer's Market.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tauranga trip planning site.

Fly from Auckland to Tauranga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Tauranga, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gisborne.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Trails

Side Trips

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Gisborne

— 2 nights

City of Rivers

A holiday in Gisborne incorporates both leisure and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Tairawhiti Museum and then learn about winemaking at Gisborne Wine Centre. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Eastwoodhill Arboretum and then do a tasting at Bushmere Estate.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gisborne tour planner.

You can drive from Tauranga to Gisborne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Gisborne

Wineries · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Rotorua

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gisborne to Rotorua takes 4 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Taupo

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and then trek along Huka Falls Walkway. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Taupo Market, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Taupo trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Nelson.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

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Nelson

— 1 night

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): examine the collection at Nelson Classic Car Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Queen's Gardens.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nelson trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Nelson takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Arthur's Pass National Park.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Arthur's Pass National Park

Before you visit Arthur's Pass National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nelson to Arthur's Pass National Park. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Arthur's Pass National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports
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Hokitika

— 1 night
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Hokitika Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hokitika trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Arthur's Pass National Park to Hokitika with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Hokitika

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Franz Josef

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then stroll through West Coast Wildlife Centre, and finally admire all the interesting features of Franz Josef Glacier.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Franz Josef trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Hokitika to Franz Josef by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors
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Wanaka

— 2 nights
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.
On the 16th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wanaka, explore the activities along Wanaka, and then see the world from above with Air Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Iron Track and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka online travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Franz Josef to Wanaka with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours
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Te Anau

— 3 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Boat Tours & Water Sports about 1 hour away. Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wanaka to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Queenstown

— 10 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Glenorchy-Queenstown Road (in Mount Creighton), Arrowtown (Millbrook Resort Golf Course & Tobins Track) and Cromwell (Misha's Vineyard Tasting Room & Gate 20 Two Vineyard). On the 23rd (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, and trek along Ben Lomond Track.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

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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.
On the 4th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, boost your wellbeing at Tekapo Springs, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tekapo.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo online trip maker.

Getting from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Timaru.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Spas · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Timaru

— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): view the masterpieces at York Street Gallery of Fine Art, see the interesting displays at Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum, and then look and learn at Geraldine Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Caroline Bay Beach and then see the interesting displays at South Canterbury Museum.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Timaru route planner.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Timaru in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Timaru

Museums · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
On the 7th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral, meet the residents at Southern Encounter, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial and then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Christchurch trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Timaru to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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