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:  14 h 15 min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Singapore

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.
Kids will enjoy Sky Tower and Auckland Zoo. Get in touch with nature at Smiths Bush Reserve and Nelson Street Cycleway. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and do a tasting at Foxes Island.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Auckland road trip planning app .

Singapore, Singapore to Auckland is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Singapore to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in November, you will find days in Auckland are colder (20°C), and nights are a bit cooler (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Smiths Bush Reserve, Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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.
Kids will enjoy Kinloch Beach and Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Escape the urban bustle at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Huka Falls Walkway. Change things up with a short trip to Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort in Taupo (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and don't miss a visit to Amokura Glass.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua route planning app .

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Rotorua, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Tonga Island Marine Reserve, get outside with Great Alpine Highway, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. On the next day, get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and then look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Wellington trip site .

Getting from Rotorua to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rotorua in November, expect nights in Wellington to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Great Alpine Highway
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Tonga Island Marine Reserve ©
Tonga Island Marine Reserve
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

3
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Swim with Dolphins. Attractions like Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Canterbury Museum make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Christchurch: Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Straight 8 Estate (in Southbridge). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and enjoy some diversion at Supa Karts Indoor Raceway.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Christchurch. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Akaroa, Little River Gallery, Straight 8 Estate
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens

3
nights
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 28th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Vesta Design Boutique and then hike along Hollyford Track.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown planner .

Getting from Christchurch to Queenstown by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 30th (Sat), 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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Spas
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park

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