15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Singapore

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.
Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford and see Milford Foreshore Walk, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument, trek along Lake Gunn, and stroll through Hollyford Track.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau trip itinerary maker .

Singapore, Singapore to Te Anau is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Singapore to Te Anau, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, then have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, then take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then get interesting insight from Tours, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

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Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington online day trip planner .

Getting from Queenstown to Wellington by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

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.
Family-friendly places like Huka Prawn Park and Huka Honey Hive will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Lady Knox Geyser, & more). There's still lots to do: trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip builder .

Getting from Wellington to Taupo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Rotorua, Tongariro Alpine Crossing
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

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 18th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Piripiri Cave Walk, admire the sheer force of Marokopa Falls Walk, then take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

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

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 20th (Fri): meet the residents at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Creek.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip maker app .

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Wildlife
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Butterfly Creek ©
Butterfly Creek

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