16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Auckland
— 1 night
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
5
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
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.
Paihia is known for parks, wildlife, nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, and identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Paihia using our trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Paihia is an approximately 16.5-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 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, see the interesting displays at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

Plan trip to Auckland with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, explore and take pictures at Te Puia, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Rotorua trip maker tool .

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Auckland, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Rotorua, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Tours Outdoors 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 ©
On the 14th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall and then trek along Horsemtrails.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Whakapapa journey builder tool .

You can drive from Rotorua to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, and trek along Hollyford Track.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Whakapapa to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): appreciate the history behind William Gilbert Rees Statue, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown sightseeing planner .

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

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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