9 days in Oceania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand sightseeing planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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Nelson
— 1 day
Drive
2
Picton
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive
4
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Auckland
— 2 nights

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Nelson — 1 day

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
On the 26th (Sat), make a trip to Centre of New Zealand, admire the natural beauty at Queen's Gardens, look for gifts at Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith, then contemplate the long history of Nelson Provincial Museum, and finally get outside with SUPSTAR.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nelson day trip planning app.

Auckland to Nelson is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Picton.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors
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Picton — 1 night

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, do a tasting at Framingham Wines, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre.

Before you visit Picton, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Nelson to Picton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Kaikoura.
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Side Trip
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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 28th (Mon): hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kaikoura trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Picton to Kaikoura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Christchurch.
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Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ohinetahi Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, steep yourself in history at Mona Vale, then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and finally contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Christchurch trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Christchurch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can fly to Queenstown.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation
Side Trip
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the galleries of Silver Fern Gallery, then tee off at Queenstown Golf Club, then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Park, and finally get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Keep things going the next day: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown itinerary site.

Getting from Christchurch to Queenstown by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can fly to Auckland.
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Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games · Golf
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower. On your second day here, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland holiday planner.

Fly from Queenstown to Auckland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. December in Auckland sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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Wineries · Tours · Museums · Nature
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