10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Queenstown — 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get interesting insight from Tours, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, and admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Queenstown is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Wellington.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip
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Wellington — 1 night

Harbour Capital

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.
On the 11th (Sun), ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington sightseeing planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Taupo.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation
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Taupo — 2 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 12th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, race across the water with a speed boat tour, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.
Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
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Rotorua — 2 nights

Sulphur City

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.
On the 14th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Rotorua Museum, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Te Puia, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua vacation planning app.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Auckland.
Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours
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Auckland — 1 night

City of Sails

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 16th (Fri), stop by Pauanesia and then make a trip to Sky Tower.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner.

Fly from Rotorua to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Rotorua, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.