11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
4
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Step off the beaten path and head to Swim with Dolphins and Air Force Museum of New Zealand. Let the collections at The Giant's House and Quake City capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Christchurch: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Akaroa) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground and take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Christchurch trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Christchurch is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Christchurch due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November; daily highs in Christchurch reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Akaroa, Little River Gallery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Quake City ©
Quake City
Air Force Museum of New Zealand ©
Air Force Museum of New Zealand

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then contemplate the long history of Old St Paul's, then explore the activities along Oriental Bay, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Staglands Wildlife Reserve.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Wellington online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Christchurch to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. December in Wellington sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve

2
nights
Rotorua

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, experience rural life at Agrodome, and then identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, get interesting insight from Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally steep yourself in history at Government Gardens.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Pompallier Mission and Printery and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paihia attractions planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Paihia by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Pompallier Mission and Printery
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery

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