26 days in Oceania Itinerary

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Auckland
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Auckland
— 1 night
Fly
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Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive
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Taupo
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 1 night
Ferry
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Picton
— 2 nights
Drive
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Blenheim
— 3 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive
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Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wanaka
— 1 night
Bus
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Cromwell
— 1 night
Drive
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Arrowtown
— 1 night
Drive
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, get impressive views of Rangitoto Island, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland planning website.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In October, daytime highs in Auckland are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Auckland.
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Auckland — 1 night

City of Sails

Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the waterfront activity at Viaduct Harbour, then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary planning tool.

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Rotorua.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): gain insight with Te Pa Tu, then get interesting insight from Tours, then steep yourself in history at Te Puia, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Rotorua, with highs around 21°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Taupo.
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Taupo — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Taupo holiday planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park — 2 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip site.

Traveling by shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Wellington.
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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.
On the 24th (Tue), get great views at Mount Victoria.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Wellington day trip site.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Wellington by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Picton.
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Picton — 2 nights

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Queen Charlotte Track as well as Seafood Odyssea Cruise. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): hike along Queen Charlotte Track. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Kaipupu Sanctuary, then take a memorable tour with Seafood Odyssea Cruise, then explore the activities along Marlborough Sounds, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Queen Charlotte Sound.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Picton trip planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Wellington to Picton takes 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Picton can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Blenheim.
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Blenheim — 3 nights

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
Dedicate the 29th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Framingham Wines, examine the collection at Omaka Classic cars, stroll around Pollard Park, and stop by Makana Confections.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Blenheim trip itinerary maker.

Blenheim is just a short distance from Picton. In October, daytime highs in Blenheim are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Christchurch.
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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 30th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Christchurch trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Blenheim to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Blenheim in October, plan for little chillier nights in Christchurch, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Tekapo.
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Lake Tekapo — 2 nights

Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo tour planner.

You can drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 2nd (Thu), you're off to Mt. Cook Village.
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Mt. Cook Village — 2 nights

Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Kea Point Track and then don't miss a visit to Aoraki/Mt. Cook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): trek along Hooker Valley Track and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village day trip planning site.

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wanaka.
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Wanaka — 1 night

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
On the 4th (Sat), skim along the rocks with Deep Canyon, explore the activities along Lake Wanaka, and then trek along Mount Iron Track.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mt. Cook Village to Wanaka. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Cromwell.
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Cromwell — 1 night

Cromwell is a town in Central Otago in the Otago region of New Zealand.Cromwell is between State Highway 6 (linking to Wanaka, 50 km north, and Queenstown, 60 km west) and State Highway 8 leading to the Lindis Pass, 75 km northeast, and Alexandra, 33 km south. Wooing Tree Vineyard has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Wooing Tree Vineyard, do a tasting at Felton Road Wines, then do a tasting at Gate 20 Two Vineyard, then do a tasting at Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door, and finally stroll around Bannockburn Sluicings Walks.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cromwell online trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Cromwell takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Arrowtown.
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Arrowtown — 1 night

On the 6th (Mon), look for gifts at The Arrowtown Jade & Opal Factory and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cardrona Alpine Resort.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Arrowtown trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cromwell to Arrowtown takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Queenstown.
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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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner.

Queenstown is just a short distance from Arrowtown. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Sat).
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