16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Singapore
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
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
Bus + 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.
On the 18th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds and then admire the landmark architecture of St Paul's Anglican Church. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Paihia Bookshop, head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island, and then learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paihia trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Paihia is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time 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
St Paul's Anglican Church ©
St Paul's Anglican Church
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

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.
On the 20th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, then examine the collection at Auckland Museum, and then make a trip to SkyTower.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Auckland online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Paihia to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Auckland are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Shopping Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

3
nights
Rotorua

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). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, enjoy some diversion at 3D Trick Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Okareka Walkway, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua vacation planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Auckland in May, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Rotorua. Finish up 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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Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
On the 24th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Tama Lakes and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Whakapapa attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Rotorua to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish up 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
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles ©
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles

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.
Start 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 go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Whakapapa to Wellington in 4.5 hours. May in Wellington sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then stop by Amisfield Cellar Door, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, and finally steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 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

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

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, hike along Kepler Track, stroll through The Chasm Walk, and pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument.

Plan trip to Te Anau with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. You will leave for home on the 1st (Mon).

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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