20 days in Oceania Itinerary

20 days in Oceania Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Pacific vacation planner
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Fly
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly
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Avarua, Cook Islands
— 5 nights
Fly
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 5 nights
Fly to Rarotonga International Airport, Drive to Arorangi
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Arorangi, Cook Islands
— 4 nights
Drive to Rarotonga International Airport, Fly to Auckland
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Christchurch, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Christchurch, New Zealand

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip maker tool.

Westport to Christchurch is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. May in Christchurch sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 7th (Sun), you'll travel to Auckland.
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Auckland, New Zealand — 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.
To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip planner.

Getting from Christchurch to Auckland by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Auckland, with lows of 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Avarua.
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Avarua, Cook Islands — 5 nights

You've now added Island Crafts to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Punanga Nui and Cook Islands National Museum. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Rock Beach, admire the masterpieces at Cook Islands Library & Museum, steep yourself in history at Arai-Te-Tonga, and stop by Tai's Weather Rock.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Avarua trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Avarua takes 8 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Cook Islands Standard Time, which is usually a -22 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in May, you will find days in Avarua are warmer (32°C), and nights are a bit warmer (25°C). You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Fri) before leaving for Aitutaki.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Beaches
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Aitutaki, Cook Islands — 5 nights

Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kia Orana. Step off the beaten path and head to One Foot Island and Moturakau. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Aitutaki Lagoon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akaiami Beach, get great views at Piraki Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at Aitutaki Secret Garden.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Aitutaki trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Avarua to Aitutaki in 3 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Arorangi.
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Arorangi, Cook Islands — 4 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Aumata Mini Golf as well as Natua Ukulele. Step off the beaten path and head to Muri Lagoon and Takitumu Conservation Area.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Arorangi trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aitutaki to Arorangi. In May, daily temperatures in Arorangi can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You'll set off for Auckland on the 21st (Sun).
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Auckland, New Zealand — 2 nights

City of Sails

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): kick back and relax at Takapuna Beach, then kick back and relax at Orewa Beach, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Auckland online visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Arorangi to Auckland with the Route module. You'll lose 22 hours traveling from Arorangi to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Arorangi in May: highs in Auckland hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Christchurch.
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Highlights from your trip

Christchurch, New Zealand — 2 nights

Garden City

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, steep yourself in history at Mona Vale, explore the world behind art at Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), then pause for some photo ops at Corgis On High, and finally appreciate the history behind Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. On your second day here, catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train, then enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola, and then stroll around Victoria Park.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Christchurch travel tool.

Getting from Auckland to Christchurch by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect much colder evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Auckland in May, with lows around 5°C. You will leave for home on the 26th (Fri).
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Transportation · Tours · Parks · Museums
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Rarotonga travel guide

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Concerts & Shows · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
The center of Rarotonga is a mass of peaks and ridges, closely thatched with dense jungle. Around the outer edge of the island, between verdant bush and pristine white beaches, you'll find a scattering of hotels and resorts; restaurants, bars, and cafes; paw paw patches and fields of taro, mango, and bananas. Explore the unspoiled scenery of the interior, or relax wholeheartedly into the laid-back Islander way of life. There are two bus routes--clockwise and counterclockwise around the island--and the buses stop on demand, allowing you to get around with ease (if at a sedate place). Encircled by a sheltering coral reef, the crystal clear waters surrounding the island are calm and perfect for fishing, swimming, diving, paddling, snorkeling, or simply splashing about. Rarotonga also serves as the gateway to the rest of the Cook Islands, with tiny traditional communities, ancient caves, uninhabited islets, and sandy atolls to discover.
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