17 days in Oceania Itinerary

17 days in Oceania Itinerary

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Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Masterton
— 1 night
Drive
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Napier
— 1 night
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Stewart Island
— 1 night
Unknown
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Dunedin
— 1 night
Fly
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Blenheim
— 1 night

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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.
On the 7th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, then take some stellar pictures from Mount Victoria, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington driving holiday planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Wellington. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to fly to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 9th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens. On your second day here, catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Christchurch, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Museums · 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 11th (Thu), get interesting insight from Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Village Green, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Queenstown journey app.

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for Taupo on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Adventure

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 13th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Taupo trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Taupo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Fun & Games

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 15th (Mon): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then make a trip to Te Puia, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua sightseeing planning website.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Masterton.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Masterton

— 1 night
Masterton is a large town in the Wellington Region of New Zealand and the seat of the Masterton District . On the 17th (Wed), look for gifts at Schoc Chocolates, get engrossed in the history at Cobblestones Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Pointon Collection, then identify plant and animal life at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Henley Lake.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Masterton vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rotorua to Masterton in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Rotorua in March, expect nights in Masterton to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Napier.

Things to do in Masterton

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Napier

— 1 night
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Marine Parade, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Aquarium of New Zealand, then stop by The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things, and finally take an exotic tour of Gannet Safaris Overland.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Napier travel planner.

You can drive from Masterton to Napier in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Napier

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Stewart Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): examine the collection at Rakiura Museum, step off the mainland to explore Ulva Island, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Stewart Island trip builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Napier to Stewart Island. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Otago Peninsula, then take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, and then make a trip to The World's Steepest Street.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dunedin trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Stewart Island to Dunedin. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Blenheim.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Blenheim

— 1 night
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
On the 23rd (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Upton Oaks Garden, see the interesting displays at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, relax in the rural setting at Hedgerows Hydroponic Strawberries, then browse the exhibits of Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Queen Charlotte Sound.

Plan my day in Blenheim using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Blenheim takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 16°C.

Things to do in Blenheim

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip