33 days in Oceania Itinerary

33 days in Oceania Itinerary

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Auckland
— 5 nights
Fly
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Tauranga
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 day
Drive
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Turangi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Picton
— 1 night
Drive
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Greymouth
— 2 nights
Drive
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Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lake Tekapo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Christchurch
— 5 nights
Fly

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Auckland

— 5 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: grab your bike and head to Nelson Street Cycleway.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland travel itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In March in Auckland, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 22°C at night. You'll set off for Tauranga on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Auckland

Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Tauranga

— 3 nights
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Visiting Mount Maunganui Base Track and Orokawa Scenic Reserve will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Johnson Reserve and Tuapiro Point. There's still lots to do: stroll through Mount Maunganui Summit Track.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tauranga trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Auckland to Tauranga by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tauranga, with highs around 26°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 18°C. You'll set off for Rotorua on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then get interesting insight from Redwoods Treewalk. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery and then stroll through Blue Lake Track.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Tauranga to Rotorua in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Waitomo Caves

— 1 day
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the 21st (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then examine the collection at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition, and finally pause for some photo ops at Sir Colin Meads Statue.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Turangi.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Turangi

— 2 nights
Turangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. On the 22nd (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro River Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tongariro National Trout Centre, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Turangi trip builder.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Turangi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Turangi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

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 23rd (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Paraparaumu Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nga Manu Nature Reserve, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turangi to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Picton

— 1 night

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
On the 25th (Wed), do a tasting at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, then do a tasting at Framingham Wines, and then head outdoors with Tirohanga Track. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Nautilus Estate, do a tasting at Bladen Wines, then get outside with Sounds Air, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Picton day trip site.

Traveling by ferry from Wellington to Picton takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Picton

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Greymouth

— 2 nights
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Hokitika Craft Gallery, trek along Tunnel Terrace Walk, kick back and relax at Hokitika Beach, then steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, and finally stroll through Coal Creek Track.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Greymouth itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Picton to Greymouth takes 4.5 hours. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Greymouth

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Franz Josef

— 2 nights
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 28th (Sat): view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Franz Josef road trip planning app.

You can drive from Greymouth to Franz Josef in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

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.
You've now added Mount Aspiring National Park to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Ben Lomond Track and Parasailing & Paragliding. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tiki Trail and Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain walks. When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Cardrona Bra Fence in Cardrona, approximately Cardrona away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown attractions planner.

Getting from Franz Josef to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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.
You've now added Milford Sound to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Gertrude Saddle and then explore the activities along Milford Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, then look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau itinerary planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Lake Tekapo

— 3 nights
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Explore hidden gems such as Aoraki/Mt. Cook and Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Mueller Hut Route and Gem Alpaca Stud. When in Lake Tekapo, make a side trip to see Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve in Geraldine, approximately Geraldine away. The adventure continues: trek along Mount John Summit Circuit Track, browse the exhibits of Burkes Pass Gallery, explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Three Creeks.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo trip itinerary planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Lake Tekapo. You will leave for Christchurch on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Christchurch

— 5 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Spend the 9th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. On the 12th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Waitomo District travel guide

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Caves · River Rafting & Tubing · Nature & Wildlife Tours