21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 45​min
7
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, trek along Hollyford Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Te Anau is an approximately 18.5-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 Te Anau due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable tour with Tours, have fun at Break One, and see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planning tool .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola, get your game on at Velocity Karts, then take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, then meet the residents at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ohinetahi Garden.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch tour planner .

Fly from Queenstown to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Christchurch are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Transportation

Side Trip

Ohinetahi Garden
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
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.
On the 29th (Tue), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then go from sight to sight with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Plan a trip to Wellington easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In December in Wellington, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and then hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): hike along Horsemtrails and then go for a walk through Tongariro Crossing Shuttles.

Discover how to plan a Whakapapa trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Wellington to Whakapapa takes 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Huka Prawn Park and Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Agrodome (in Ngongotaha) and Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Zipline, & more). And it doesn't end there: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the exciting artwork at Tukairangi Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Huka Falls Walkway.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo road trip planner .

Drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Agrodome ©
Agrodome
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. On the next day, meet the residents at Auckland Zoo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Creek, and then kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Auckland tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Taupo to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

3
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.
On the 6th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then get in on the family fun at Action World, then stop by Paihia Bookshop, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia road trip planning website .

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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