27 days in Oceania Itinerary

27 days in Oceania Itinerary

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Masterton
— 3 nights
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Levin
— 1 night
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Whanganui
— 4 nights
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New Plymouth
— 4 nights
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Taupo
— 2 nights
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Napier
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
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Tauranga
— 3 nights
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Whangarei
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Masterton

— 3 nights
Masterton is a large town in the Wellington Region of New Zealand and the seat of the Masterton District . Escape the urban bustle at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre and Castlepoint Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Martinborough (Brackenridge Day Spa & Patuna Farm Adventures) and Waiohine Gorge Suspension Bridge (in Carterton). There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at Riversdale Beach Golf Club, take an in-depth tour of Cobblestones Museum, stroll around Queen Elizabeth Park Boats, and look for gifts at Paua World.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Masterton travel planning site.

Wellington to Masterton is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Levin.

Things to do in Masterton

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

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Find places to stay Mar 5 — 8:

Levin

— 1 night
Levin is the largest town and seat of the Horowhenua District, in the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 8th (Mon), let the kids burn off some steam at Levin Adventure Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Owlcatraz, and then hike along Kohitere Trig.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Levin sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from Masterton to Levin takes 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Levin when traveling from Masterton in March, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Whanganui.

Things to do in Levin

Parks · Fun & Games · Trails · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Mar 8 — 9:

Whanganui

— 4 nights
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kai Iwi Beach and Castlecliff Beach. Get outdoors at Ohakune Old Coach Road and Mount Stewart Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Whanganui side-trips: Ohakune (Ohakune museum & Ohakune Carrot Adventure Park), Mangawhero Falls (in Tongariro National Park) and Gumboot Statue (in Taihape).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Whanganui road trip site.

You can drive from Levin to Whanganui in 1.5 hours. In March in Whanganui, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 13:

New Plymouth

— 4 nights
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Oakura Beach and Oakura Beach Holiday Park. Get in touch with nature at Opunake Beach and Mount Taranaki. Get out of town with these interesting New Plymouth side-trips: Egmont National Park (Connett Loop Track & Dawson Falls). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park, look for gifts at Giles Chocolatier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Back Beach, and take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Whanganui to New Plymouth takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 17:

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.
Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls Walkway and Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort. There's still lots to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, visit 9 Hole Golf Course, let little ones run wild at Huka Prawn Park, and take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo online itinerary planner.

Drive from New Plymouth to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Napier.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

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Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:

Napier

— 2 nights
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
River Rafting & Tubing has been added to your itinerary. On the 19th (Fri), walk around Palmbrook Reserve, get great views at Bluff Hill Lookout, and then don't miss a visit to Marine Parade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Aquarium of New Zealand and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Napier trip builder site.

You can drive from Taupo to Napier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Napier

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

Plan trip to Rotorua with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Napier to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Rotorua are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Tauranga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Pilot Bay. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 24th (Wed) at Waimarino Adventure Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Mount Maunganui Summit Track, make a trip to Monmouth Redoubt, take in the exciting artwork at Pohutukawa Gallery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tauranga road trip app.

You can drive from Rotorua to Tauranga in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Tauranga are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Whangarei.

Things to do in Tauranga

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:

Whangarei

— 1 night
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Whangarei trip site.

Traveling by flight from Tauranga to Whangarei takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for Queenstown on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Whangarei

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 27:

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.
Get outdoors at Te Anau Glowworm Caves and Queenstown Golf Club. Venture out of the city with trips to Ivan Wilson Park (in Te Anau), Little Paradise Dream Garden (in Mount Creighton) and Lake Wanaka (in Wanaka). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, and hike along Ben Lomond Track.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Whangarei to Queenstown takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 31: