22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
2
Waiheke Island
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 45​min
7
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​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.
Head to The Cabbage Tree Shop and Newport Chocolatesfor plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Christ Church. There's much more to do: look for gifts at South Sea Art, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paihia trip itinerary planning tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Paihia is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Paihia is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

2
nights
Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island ©
Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
On the 20th (Thu), stop by Rangihoua Estate, then do a tasting at Obsidian Vineyard, and then do a tasting at Mudbrick Vineyard. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Man O' War Vineyards.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Waiheke Island trip itinerary site .

Getting from Paihia to Waiheke Island by combination of car and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Waiheke Island are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries Shopping
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Man O' War Vineyards ©
Man O' War Vineyards
Obsidian Vineyard ©
Obsidian Vineyard
Rangihoua Estate ©
Rangihoua Estate

3
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 22nd (Sat), stroll through Kinloch Beach, look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls tracks, then stop by Huka Honey Hive, and finally take in the exciting artwork at L'Arte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours and then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo visit planning website .

Getting from Waiheke Island to Taupo by combination of ferry and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
L'Arte ©
L'Arte

3
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Scorching Bay and Oriental Bay. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Weta Cave and The Chocolate Story. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), shop like a local with Cuba Street District, take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car.

Planning Wellington trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

The Chocolate Story
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Peregrine Wines and Ivan Clarke Gallery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Barn and Remarkables Market. And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at DF Souvenirs, explore the galleries of Silver Fern Gallery, and do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown journey planning tool .

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Shopping Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Chard Farm Winery ©
Chard Farm Winery

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk and then kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Queenstown to Fox Glacier by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Helicopter Tours

3
nights
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 4th (Fri), enjoy the thrill of live dance at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then look for gifts at Pauanesia. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at The Strand Arcade, then wander the streets of Ponsonby, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piha Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Auckland Central tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Auckland Central takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Auckland Central are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Piha Beach
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

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