18 days in New Zealand & Cook Islands Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand & Cook Islands Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 5 nights
2
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
3
Avarua, Cook Islands
— 1 night
4
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 2 nights
5
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Milford Sound and Gertrude Saddle. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: The Chasm Walk (in Te Anau) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Hollyford Track, enjoy some diversion at Break One, explore the activities along Lake Gunn, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Queenstown trip builder website.

Singapore, Singapore to Queenstown is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Queenstown, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Gertrude Saddle ©
Gertrude Saddle

4
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Visiting Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Huka Falls Walkway will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Souvenir Outlet & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours) and Waitomo Caves (Ruakuri Walk, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, &more). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, take a memorable tour with Tours, identify plant and animal life at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua road trip tool.

You can fly from Queenstown to Rotorua in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Avarua.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Caves
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

1
night
Avarua, Cook Islands

Avarua ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): examine the collection at Te Ara- Cook Islands Museum of Cultural Enterprise, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then kick back and relax at Titikaveka Beach, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Matutu Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Te Rua Manga (The Needle), tour the pleasant surroundings at Muri Lagoon, then look for gifts at Tivaevae Collectables, and finally stroll through Aroa Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Avarua trip planner.

You can fly from Rotorua to Avarua in 10 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 22 hours traveling from Rotorua to Avarua. Traveling from Rotorua in February, expect Avarua to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Aitutaki.

Things to do in Avarua

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki ©
Aitutaki's triangular barrier reef surrounds a turquoise lagoon of crystal clear water.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at O'otu Beach, then kick back and relax at Aitutaki Lagoon, then get outside with Akaiami, and finally stop by T & S Artworx. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, then admire the natural beauty at Aitutaki Secret Garden, and then head off the coast to One Foot Island.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Aitutaki day trip planner.

You can fly from Avarua to Aitutaki in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Aitutaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Aitutaki Lagoon ©
Aitutaki Lagoon
One Foot Island ©
One Foot Island
Akaiami ©
Akaiami

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Browns Bay Beach and Red Beach. Get in touch with nature at Muriwai Beach and Anawhata. Change things up with a short trip to Cooks Beach in Cooks Beach (about 42 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland vacation builder app.

You can fly from Aitutaki to Auckland in 10.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Cook Islands Standard Time (CKT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 22 hours. February in Auckland sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Auckland Region, Cooks Beach, Browns Bay Beach, Red Beach, Muriwai Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Browns Bay Beach ©
Browns Bay Beach
Cheltenham Beach ©
Cheltenham Beach

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