18 days in New Zealand & Cook Islands Itinerary

18 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
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
3
Avarua, Cook Islands
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
5
Auckland, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Singapore, Singapore

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 Boat Tours & Water Sports. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Te Anau (The Chasm Walk & Gertrude Saddle). The adventure continues: hike along Hollyford Track, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the activities along Lake Gunn, and have some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory Queenstown.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown route 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 moving from Singapore Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough 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 Waitomo Glowworm Caves will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Souvenir Outlet, Huka Falls Walkway, &more) and Waitomo Caves (Ruakuri Walk & River Rafting & Tubing). There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, stroll through Lake Okareka Walkway, don't miss a visit to Te Puia, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Queenstown to Rotorua in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. February in Rotorua sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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
Zipline

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 find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Avarua trip planner.

You can fly from Rotorua to Avarua in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. 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

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rarotonga, Titikaveka Beach, Aroa Beach, Boat Tours & Water Sports
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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.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Aitutaki day trip planner.

You can fly from Avarua to Aitutaki in 1.5 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: Muriwai Beach and Cheltenham Beach. Get in touch with nature at Red Beach and Browns Bay Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Cooks Beach in Cooks Beach (about 44 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 Anawhata.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland vacation builder app.

You can fly from Aitutaki to Auckland in 8 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

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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