15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  15​h
1
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Auckland
— 1 night
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
7
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Singapore

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Paihia Bookshop, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia trip planning app .

Singapore, Singapore to Paihia is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Paihia is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Devonport ©
Devonport

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Maori Rock Carvings, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, trot along with a tour on horseback, and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Auckland in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Rotorua, with highs around 25°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, hike along Ridge Track, and then stroll through Horsemtrails.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Whakapapa takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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 10th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Wellington trip app .

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

2
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.
On the 11th (Wed), get interesting insight from Tours, then do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 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 12th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

3
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 13th (Fri), trek along Gertrude Saddle and then explore the activities along Milford Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, and then get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau online itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. On the 15th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

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

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