12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 15​min
4
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Singapore

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Silver Fern Gallery and Queenstown Arts Centre. Get outdoors at Hollyford Track and Lake Marian Track. Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Queenstown is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Lake Marian Track ©
Lake Marian Track
Zipline

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Fox Glacier and then kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): hike along Moraine Walk, then take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, and then view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
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ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery ©
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

2
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.
Appreciate the collections at Tukairangi Gallery and L'Arte. Step out of the city life by going to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Huka Falls Walkway. There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, take in the exciting artwork at New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia.

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

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Fox Glacier to Rotorua takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In November, daytime highs in Rotorua are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Taupo
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Zipline
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paihia trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Rotorua to Paihia by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Masterpieces Art Gallery
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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