38 days in Oceania Itinerary

38 days in Oceania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand Trip Planner

Make it your trip
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Ferry
2
Waiheke Island
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kaitaia
— 1 night
Drive
4
Whangarei
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Hot Water Beach
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly
9
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Drive
11
Milford Sound
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Lake Tekapo
— 3 nights
Drive
13
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive
14
Kaikoura
— 2 nights
Drive
15
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive
16
Hokitika
— 3 nights
Drive

S M T W T F S
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Auckland Zoo as well as Piha Beach. Family-friendly places like SkyTower and Howick Historical Village will thrill your kids. Get some historical perspective at St. Patrick's Cathedral and Parnell. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Coast-to-Coast Walkway, and enjoy the sea views from Manukau Heads Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Auckland travel route builder website.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In April in Auckland, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Auckland

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

Waiheke Island

— 2 nights

Island of Wine

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): do a tasting at Mudbrick Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Goldie Estate, then don't miss a visit to Perpetual Guardian Sculpture on the Gulf, and finally see the interesting displays at Whittaker's Musical Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Onetangi Forest and Bird Reserve, do a tasting at Batch Winery, and then admire the masterpieces at Connells Bay Sculpture Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Waiheke Island holiday app.

Traveling by ferry from Auckland to Waiheke Island takes 2 hours. Traveling from Auckland in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Waiheke Island. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

Kaitaia

— 1 night
Kaitaia is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula, about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): examine the collection at Butler Point Whaling Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rarawa Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tapotupotu Beach. On the next day, examine the collection at Mathew's Vintage Museum and then kick back and relax at Ninety Mile Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kaitaia trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Waiheke Island to Kaitaia in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Whangarei.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

Whangarei

— 2 nights
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Here are some ideas for day two: whizz through the canopy at Adventure Forest, then stroll through Ocean Beach, and then appreciate the history behind Waka 'n' Wave Sculpture.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Whangarei holiday maker site.

You can drive from Kaitaia to Whangarei in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:

Hot Water Beach

— 3 nights
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
On the 26th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Opoutere Surf Beach and then take in the natural beauty of Hot Water Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): kick back and relax at Matarangi Beach and then play a few rounds at The Dunes Golf Resort.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Hot Water Beach trip planner.

You can drive from Whangarei to Hot Water Beach in 4.5 hours. In April in Hot Water Beach, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest as well as Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest. On your second day here, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Tamaki Maori Village.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Hot Water Beach to Rotorua takes 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

Taupo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, stop by Huka Honey Hive, then view the masterpieces at L'Arte, and finally examine the collection at Taupo Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo tour planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:

Wellington

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Scorching Bay, then learn something new at Weta Workshop, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, brush up on your military savvy at National War Memorial, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, then take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, and finally go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Wellington day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:

Dunedin

— 2 nights

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.
You've now added Otago Peninsula to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, steep yourself in history at Larnach Castle & Gardens, then explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at First Church of Otago.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dunedin trip planner.

Getting from Wellington to Dunedin by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

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.
Doubtful Sound has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Mon), take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and then contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

Find out how to plan Te Anau trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dunedin to Te Anau. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Te Anau

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

Milford Sound

— 2 nights

Eighth Wonder of the World

Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Milford Sound trip maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Milford Sound. On the 12th (Fri), you're off to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Museums
Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

Lake Tekapo

— 3 nights
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): look and learn at Geraldine Observatory, examine the collection at Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum, and then examine the collection at The Giant Jersey.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lake Tekapo itinerary planning website.

Drive from Milford Sound to Lake Tekapo in 6.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Mon) before leaving for Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Museums · Outdoors · Golf · Nightlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 15:

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.
On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then steep yourself in history at Riccarton House & Bush, then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cardboard Cathedral.

Plan my trip to Christchurch with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

Kaikoura

— 2 nights
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
On the 18th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Peninsula Seal Colony, steep yourself in history at Fyffe House, and then take in the exciting artwork at Art & Design Gallery. Keep things going the next day: stop by Southern Paua Shop & Factory and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kaikoura trip planning tool.

You can drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

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 20th (Sat): look and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kea Point Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Tatare Tunnels Walk, then look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Franz Josef trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Franz Josef takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hokitika.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

Hokitika

— 3 nights
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. On the 22nd (Mon), view the masterpieces at Wilderness Gallery, explore the galleries of Bonz 'N Stonz Carving Studio, then view the masterpieces at Hokitika Craft Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Lake Kaniere, and finally steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe, look for all kinds of wild species at Hokitika Gorge Walk, then stop by Garth Wilson Jade, and finally stop by Tectonic Jade.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hokitika trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Franz Josef to Hokitika by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 21 — 24: