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
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Dunedin
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Queenstown
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
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.
Visiting Whangarei Falls and Tane Mahuta Walk will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Paihia Harbour and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from Paihia to Kawakawa to see Kawiti Caves about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for all kinds of wild species at The Parrot Place, and take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

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Singapore, Singapore to Paihia is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Tane Mahuta Walk, Whangarei Falls, Kawiti Caves
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The Parrot Place ©
The Parrot Place
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Get outdoors at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Mount Maunganui Base Track. Step out of Rotorua with an excursion to Monmouth Redoubt in Tauranga--about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, take in the natural beauty of Kuirau Park, and trek along Blue Lake Track.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rotorua trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tauranga, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, River Rafting & Tubing
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Get outdoors at Penguin Place and Tunnel Beach Track. Explore hidden gems such as Moeraki Boulders Beach and Steampunk HQ. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dunedin: Oamaru (Lazy Cat Pottery and Tileworks & Oamaru's Victorian Precinct). There's lots more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Speight’s Brewery, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden, and steep yourself in history at Olveston Historic Home.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dunedin trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Dunedin takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Oamaru
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Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track
Oamaru's Victorian Precinct ©
Oamaru's Victorian Precinct

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Arrowtown Village and Queenstown Hill. Get in touch with nature at Wanaka and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Wanaka (Mount Iron Track & Puzzling World). There's much more to do: stroll through Ben Lomond Track, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, look for gifts at Old Fashioned Costume Photography, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown
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Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

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