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Oceania Travel: New Zealand in 6 Weeks — Country Itinerary

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This is a high level overview of travel throughout New Zealand over a six week period.


Countries covered in this itinerary

  • New Zealand

The itinerary

New Zealand City Base

Nights

Day Trips

Christchurch

2

Nelson

2

Wellington

7

Picton – ferry from the South Island to the North Island

Rotorua

4

Taupo

3

Auckland

6

Motueka (Abel Tasman National Park)

3

Westport

1

Lake Mahinapua

1

Franz Joseph

1

Queenstown

6

Te Anau

1

Wanaka

3

Journey outline

  • Day 1 – Christchurch
  • Day 2 – Christchurch
  • Day 3 – Christchurch / Depart to Nelson
  • Day 4 – Nelson
  • Day 5 – Nelson / Depart to Wellington
  • Day 6 – Wellington
  • Day 7 – Wellington
  • Day 8 – Wellington
  • Day 9 – Wellington
  • Day 10 – Wellington
  • Day 11 – Wellington / Depart to Rotorua
  • Day 12 – Rotorua
  • Day 13 – Rotorua
  • Day 14 – Rotorua
  • Day 15 – Rotorua / Depart for Taupo
  • Day 16 – Taupo
  • Day 17 – Taupo
  • Day 18 – Taupo / Depart for Auckland
  • Day 19 – Auckland
  • Day 20 – Auckland
  • Day 21 – Auckland
  • Day 22 – Auckland
  • Day 23 – Auckland
  • Day 24 – Auckland / Depart for Motueka (Abel Tasman National Park)
  • Day 25 – Motueka (Abel Tasman National Park)
  • Day 26 – Motueka (Abel Tasman National Park)
  • Day 27 – Motueka (Abel Tasman National Park) / Depart for Westport
  • Day 28 – Westport / Depart for Lake Mahinapua
  • Day 29 – Lake Mahinapua / Depart for Franz Joseph
  • Day 30 – Franz Joseph / Depart for Queenstown
  • Day 31 – Queenstown
  • Day 32 – Queenstown
  • Day 33 – Queenstown
  • Day 34 – Queenstown
  • Day 35 – Queenstown
  • Day 36 – Queenstown / Depart for Te Anau
  • Day 37 – Te Anau / Depart for Wanaka
  • Day 38 – Wanaka
  • Day 39 – Wanaka
  • Day 40 – Wanaka

Maps of locations covered

Map of New Zealand Part 1

Map of New Zealand Part 2


Transport times

  • Bus Christchurch to Nelson — 5 hours, 15 minutes
  • Bus Nelson to Wellington — 5 hours, 15 minutes
  • Bus Wellington to Rotorua — 6 hours
  • Bus Rotorua to Taupo — 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Bus Taupo to Auckland — 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Airplane Auckland to Nelson — 4 hours
  • Bus Nelson to Motueka (Abel Tasman National Park) — 51 minutes
  • Bus Motueka (Abel Tasman National Park) to Westport — 3 hours
  • Bus Westport to Lake Mahinapua — 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Bus Lake Mahinapua to Franz Josef Glacier — 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Bus Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown — 5 hours
  • Bus Queenstown to Te Anau — 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Bus Te Anau to Wanaka — 3 hours

Mode of transport — bus; ferry from Picton to get from the South Island to the North Island; flight from Auckland to Nelson

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