10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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10 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Auckland
— 1 day
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Auckland online journey planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Auckland is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September, with highs in Auckland at 15°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Fun & Games
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Room Escape Games

1
night
Waitomo Caves

Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): hike along Ruakuri Walk, get interesting insight from Tours, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip website .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and finally hike along Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Taupo holiday website .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Taupo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, and finally take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 19th (Thu), have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip maker tool .

Fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Outdoors Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

2
nights
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
On the 20th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau and then look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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