15 days in New Zealand & Cook Islands Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand & Cook Islands Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
4
Avarua, Cook Islands
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Singapore, Singapore

3
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Milford Sound in Te Anau, approximately Te Anau away. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, enjoy some diversion at Break One, get interesting insight from Tours, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown journey planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Queenstown is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Queenstown is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Lake Gunn, Milford Sound
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

2
nights
Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then get around town with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wellington Zoo, then identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden.

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Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

3
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Souvenir Outlet, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, steep yourself in history at Te Puia, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip maker site.

Fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Avarua.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Taupo
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Horseback Riding Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

1
night
Avarua, Cook Islands

Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then sample the tasty concoctions at Matutu Brewery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Titikaveka Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Punanga Nui, stop by Tivaevae Collectables, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cook Island Christian Church (CICC), and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Muri Lagoon.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Avarua trip planning tool.

You can fly from Rotorua to Avarua in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Cook Islands Standard Time, which is usually a -22 hour difference. Traveling from Rotorua in July, you will find days in Avarua are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are much hotter (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Avarua

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Rarotonga, Titikaveka Beach, Boat Tours & Water Sports
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Muri Lagoon ©
Muri Lagoon
Punanga Nui ©
Punanga Nui

3
nights
Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Pauanesia, then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland journey planner.

You can fly from Avarua to Auckland in 5.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Avarua to Auckland is 22 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Avarua in July: highs in Auckland hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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