9 days in Oceania Itinerary

9 days in Oceania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Auckland
— 1 day
Drive
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Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive
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Wellington
— 1 night
Ferry to Picton, Drive to Kaikoura
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Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive
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Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly

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Auckland

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, then enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Auckland. In December in Auckland, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

Rotorua

— 1 night

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.
On the 18th (Sat), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip maker tool.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Auckland, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Rotorua, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

Wellington

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Lady Norwood Rose Garden, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and then get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Wellington online holiday builder.

You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Wellington, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:

Kaikoura

— 1 night
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Wellington to Kaikoura takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Christchurch.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

Christchurch

— 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours · Transportation · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

Queenstown

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Arrow River. Venture out of the city with trips to Cromwell (Bannockburn Sluicings Walks, Cheeki Cherries the home of Dam Good Fruit., &more). There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, and stroll through Tiki Trail.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26: