14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
4
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h 45 min
6
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Singapore

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Milford Sound (in Te Anau). There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy some diversion at Break One, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Queenstown is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Singapore to Queenstown, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take a memorable ride with Christchurch Gondola, have fun at Velocity Karts, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and finally walk around Christchurch Botanic Gardens. On the next day, let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ohinetahi Garden.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Christchurch journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Transportation

Side Trip

Ohinetahi Garden
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): meet the residents at Wellington Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations 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.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Wellington trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): trek along Ridge Track, hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, then trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and finally admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, then explore the striking landscape of Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, then take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mead's Wall.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles ©
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Keep things going the next day: stop by Huka Honey Hive, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally trek along Huka Falls Walkway.

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

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park ©
Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): enjoy some music at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Cheltenham Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Creek.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland route planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Taupo to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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