16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Auckland
— 1 night
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
7
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Singapore

1
night
Paihia

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and then admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): stop by Paihia Bookshop, then head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island, and then do a tasting at Byrne Northland Wines.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Paihia trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Paihia is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Singapore to Paihia, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Byrne Northland Wines
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island
St Paul's Anglican Church ©
St Paul's Anglican Church

1
night
Auckland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the activities along Devonport, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Auckland road trip planning website .

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. May in Auckland sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Nature Parks
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

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 (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, get interesting insight from Tours, make a trip to Te Puia, and explore the galleries of 3D Trick Art Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in May, Rotorua is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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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
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, then hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls. On your second day here, explore the activities along Tama Lakes and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Whakapapa trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Rotorua to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes

1
night
Wellington

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Wellington online tour planner .

Getting from Whakapapa to Wellington by car takes about 4.5 hours. May in Wellington sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): race across the water with a speed boat tour, look for gifts at Amisfield Cellar Door, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, then push the limits with an extreme tour, then do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, and finally steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
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.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, nightlife, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn, trek along The Chasm Walk, and appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip maker site .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. On the 1st (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

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