21 days in Oceania Itinerary

21 days in Oceania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand holiday planner

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Whangarei
— 1 night
Drive
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Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tauranga
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Stewart Island
— 1 night
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Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly
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Picton
— 2 nights
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Whangarei

— 1 night
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): trek along Bream Head Coast Walks.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Whangarei journey planner.

Wellington to Whangarei is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Whangarei

Trails · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and get impressive views of Rangitoto Island.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip builder app.

Drive from Whangarei to Auckland in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. March in Auckland sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Tauranga.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Tauranga

— 1 night
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tauranga trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Tauranga in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Auckland, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Tauranga, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tauranga

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Rotorua

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Rotorua to Hamilton to see Hamilton Gardens about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

Start your trip to Rotorua by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Tauranga to Rotorua in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In March in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Taupo

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Taupo side-trips: Tongariro Alpine Crossing (in Tongariro National Park) and Whakapapa (Silica Rapids Track & Ridge Track). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, take a memorable tour with Tours, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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 13th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, and then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip site.

Fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Stewart Island.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Transportation

Side Trip

Stewart Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Rakiura Museum and then head off the coast to Ulva Island.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Stewart Island itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Wellington to Stewart Island with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Stewart Island

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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 17th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, then examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, then engage your brain at Otago Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dunedin online vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Stewart Island to Dunedin with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Shopping

Queenstown

— 3 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.
Step out of Queenstown with an excursion to Gertrude Saddle in Te Anau--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, push the limits with an extreme tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Picton.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Picton

— 2 nights

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): learn about winemaking at Framingham Wines and then contemplate the waterfront views at Marlborough Sounds. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see what you can catch with Sounds Connection and then see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre.

To plan Picton vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Picton takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can ride a ferry back home.

Things to do in Picton

Wineries · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip