15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Auckland
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
day
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 1st (Sun), explore the activities along Devonport and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Auckland journey planning site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Auckland is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland is 4 hours. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, you will find days in Auckland are cooler (20°C), and nights are a bit cooler (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Devonport ©
Devonport

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paihia trip builder tool .

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the 4th (Wed), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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 (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and don't miss a visit to Amokura Glass.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Rotorua online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Queenstown.

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
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 9th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours, then learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and then enjoy some diversion at Break One.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown road trip app .

You can fly from Rotorua to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

4
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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along Hollyford Track, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk.

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

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

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

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