11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly + bus:  18​h
1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
4
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  16​h
End: Jakarta

2
nights
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
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.
Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford and see Milford Foreshore Walk, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, stroll through Hollyford Track, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau trip maker app .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Te Anau is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Jakarta to Te Anau due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

2
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 29th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally browse the exhibits of Queenstown Arts Centre.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Queenstown tour builder app .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

3
nights
Rotorua

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Huka Honey Hive, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, and explore and take pictures at Te Puia.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rotorua online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Rotorua takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
Paihia

The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
On the 3rd (Fri), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings and other tourist information, read Paihia trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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