16 days in Oceania Itinerary

16 days in Oceania Itinerary

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Auckland
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Hastings
— 1 night
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tauranga
— 5 nights
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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.
For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary planning site.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Auckland is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Auckland is 15 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in October, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nightlife · Parks

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.
On the 13th (Tue), get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, then learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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You can fly from Auckland to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Fun & Games

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): enjoy the views from TranzAlpine Train and then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): take a memorable ride with Christchurch Gondola, then enjoy some diversion at Velocity Karts, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Christchurch trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Museums · Parks

Wellington

— 2 nights

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 17th (Sat): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Wellington Zoo, look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Wellington tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in October, Wellington is a bit warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hastings.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Hastings

— 1 night
Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Kidnappers, then walk around Palmbrook Reserve, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Mata Peak.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Hastings road trip site.

Drive from Wellington to Hastings in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Hastings

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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 20th (Tue): trek along Mounds Walk, then explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt, then trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and finally admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, hike along Ridge Track, trek along Silica Rapids Track, then trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and finally admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park driving holiday planner.

Drive from Hastings to Tongariro National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Tauranga

— 5 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: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Waitomo Caves (Caveworld, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, &more) and Rotorua (Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, Horseback Riding Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Mount Maunganui Summit Track and admire the sheer force of McLaren Falls Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Tauranga online trip planner.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Tauranga in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips