15 days in New Zealand & Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand & Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand & Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly:  14 h
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Napier, New Zealand
— Few hours
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Whanganui, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
New Plymouth, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 30 min
8
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 3 nights
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1
night
Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stop by Pauanesia, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, then enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Auckland is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in January, you will find days in Auckland are cooler (66°F), and nights are little chillier (66°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Nightlife
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

4
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Tamaki Maori Village and Rotorua Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Huka Falls Walkway and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Huka Honey Hive in Taupo, approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and experience rural life at Agrodome.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua vacation planning tool .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Auckland in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Rotorua, with highs around 74°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Spas Nature Parks

Side Trip

Taupo
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Tamaki Maori Village ©
Tamaki Maori Village

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hours
Napier, New Zealand

Napier
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Napier trip planner .

You can drive from Rotorua to Napier in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will leave for Wellington on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Napier

Tours Outdoors Parks
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night
Wellington, New Zealand

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 7th (Tue): learn something new at Weta Workshop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oriental Bay, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Wellington journey builder site .

Getting from Napier to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Wellington are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Whanganui.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Classes Nature
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Weta Workshop ©
Weta Workshop
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay

2
nights
Whanganui, New Zealand

Whanganui ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Sarjeant Gallery, see the interesting displays at Whanganui Regional Museum, and then explore the activities along Virginia Lake.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Whanganui trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wellington to Whanganui. Traveling from Wellington in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 67°F in Whanganui. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Whanganui

Museums Nature Parks
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Sarjeant Gallery ©
Sarjeant Gallery
Whanganui Regional Museum ©
Whanganui Regional Museum
Virginia Lake ©
Virginia Lake

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New Plymouth, New Zealand

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 9th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, then get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Taranaki.

Start your trip to New Plymouth by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Whanganui to New Plymouth. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Mount Taranaki
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
Mount Taranaki ©
Mount Taranaki

2
nights
Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): hike along Ruakuri Walk.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from New Plymouth to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will leave for Kuala Lumpur on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Te Awamutu Space Centre, Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Te Awamutu Space Centre ©
Te Awamutu Space Centre

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nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
For shopping fun, head to Central Market Kuala Lumpur or Bukit Bintang. Get in touch with nature at Batu Caves and KL Bird Park. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Chinatown, buy something for everyone on your list at Pavilion KL, explore the world behind art at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, and get your game on at Stars Archery Berjaya Times Square.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kuala Lumpur trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Waitomo Caves to Kuala Lumpur in 18 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Waitomo Caves to Kuala Lumpur. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in January, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Batu Caves
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Chinatown ©
Chinatown
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia ©
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

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