11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Johor Bahru
+3
bus + subway + bus + Fly:  16​h
1
Paihia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h
3
Te Anau
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Queenstown
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + bus + subway + bus:  15​h 30​min
End: Johor Bahru

1
night
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 4th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, then stop by Paihia Bookshop, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Paihia, use our trip itinerary maker.

Johor Bahru, Malaysia to Paihia is an approximately 16-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Johor Bahru to Paihia is 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

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

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, & more). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Taupo trip maker site .

Fly from Paihia to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Rotorua, Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, then contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, and then get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Te Anau holiday planning app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Taupo to Te Anau in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

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

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.
On the 11th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Hollyford Track and then get your game on at Fear Factory Queenstown.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown route planner .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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