59 days in Oceania Itinerary

59 days in Oceania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand visit planner

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New Plymouth
— 8 nights
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Napier
— 11 nights
Drive
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Whanganui
— 8 nights
Drive
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Palmerston North
— 8 nights
Drive
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Nelson
— 7 nights
Drive
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Blenheim
— 7 nights
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Christchurch
— 8 nights

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New Plymouth

— 8 nights
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Get out of town with these interesting New Plymouth side-trips: Hawera (Puketarata Garden, Tawhiti Museum, &more), Stratford (Fenton Street Art Collective & The Victoria Park Memorial Gates) and Egmont National Park (Mount Taranaki, Dawson Falls, &more). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, stroll around Tupare, visit West End Precinct, and step off the mainland to explore Paritutu Rock.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth trip builder website.

Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Napier.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 9:

Napier

— 11 nights
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Napier: Te Mata Peak (in Hastings) and Taupo (Helicopter Tours, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Gannet Safaris Overland, identify plant and animal life at Cape Kidnappers, and do a tasting at Church Road Winery Cellar Door.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Napier online road trip planner.

You can fly from New Plymouth to Napier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Whanganui.

Things to do in Napier

Parks · Tours · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 20:

Whanganui

— 8 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whanganui: Whakapapa (Ridge Track, Mead's Wall, &more) and Tongariro National Park (Ohakune Old Coach Road, Horsemtrails, &more). On the 22nd (Tue), do a day of sightseeing from the water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Whanganui trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Napier to Whanganui in 3.5 hours. February in Whanganui sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 28:

Palmerston North

— 8 nights
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Get out of town with these interesting Palmerston North side-trips: Paraparaumu (Southward Car Museum & Kapiti Island Nature Tours), Masterton (The Alpaca Place, Pukaha National Wildlife Centre, &more) and Wellington (Wellington Museum, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, &more). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Kapiti Island, admire the natural beauty at Dugald MacKenzie rose breeding centre, relax and rejuvenate at Your Essential Wellbeing, and explore the activities along Bledisloe Park Walkway.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Palmerston North driving holiday planner.

Getting from Whanganui to Palmerston North by car takes about an hour. In February, daily temperatures in Palmerston North can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nelson.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 8:

Nelson

— 7 nights

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Explore Nelson's surroundings by going to Abel Tasman National Park (Abel Tasman Coast Track & Walking tours), Picton (Marlborough Sounds & Queen Charlotte Track) and Kaiteriteri Beach (in Kaiteriteri). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Broadgreen Historic House, stop by Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith, admire the natural beauty at Queen's Gardens, and get engrossed in the history at Nelson Provincial Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nelson trip planner.

Getting from Palmerston North to Nelson by car takes about 7.5 hours. On the 16th (Wed), you're off to Blenheim.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 16:

Blenheim

— 7 nights
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blenheim: Kaikoura (Ohau Stream Walk & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Queen Charlotte Sound (in Picton). Dedicate the 17th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, learn about winemaking at Terravin Cellar Door, explore the landscape on two wheels at Wither Hills Mountainbike Park, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Blenheim tour planner.

You can drive from Nelson to Blenheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Blenheim can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to fly to Christchurch.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 23:

Christchurch

— 8 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Akaroa (Blue Pearls Gallery, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). On the 25th (Fri), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), make a trip to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Blenheim to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Blenheim in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Christchurch.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Museums · Transportation · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 31: