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:  17​h 30​min
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
New Plymouth
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cheeki Cherries and Basecamp Wanaka Climbing Centre with Clip 'n Climb. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hollyford Track and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Te Anau (Milford Sound & The Chasm Walk). Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, cool off at Alpine Aqualand, and stroll through Lake Gunn.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown itinerary tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Queenstown is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Wanaka, Te Anau, Cheeki Cherries
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Alpine Aqualand ©
Alpine Aqualand
Cheeki Cherries ©
Cheeki Cherries

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kids will enjoy Margaret Mahy Family Playground and Sumner Beach (Cave Rock). Discover out-of-the-way places like Velocity Karts and Diminish and Ascend. Change things up with a short trip to Kayaking & Canoeing in Akaroa (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, appreciate the history behind Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Christchurch online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Queenstown to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Kayaking & Canoeing
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Margaret Mahy Family Playground ©
Margaret Mahy Family Playground
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Lady Norwood Rose Garden, get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Lyall Bay, and then kick back and relax at Scorching Bay.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Wellington online holiday planner .

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, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

3
nights
Rotorua

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.
Attractions like Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Agrodome make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Papamoa Beach and Ohope Beach. There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at aMAZEme, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua online vacation planner .

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Ohope Beach, Papamoa Beach
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
aMAZEme ©
aMAZEme

2
nights
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Pukekura Park, walk around Tupare, and then stroll through Oakura Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Opunake Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the New Plymouth trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to New Plymouth takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Opunake Beach, Oakura Beach
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
Tupare ©
Tupare

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