16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Te Anau
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the activities along Devonport and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip builder tool .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in April: highs in Auckland hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums Parks
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, & more). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and don't miss a visit to Te Puia.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rotorua travel planning app .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in April, Rotorua is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): go for a walk through Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, then hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Taranaki Falls, then go for a walk through Mead's Wall, and then grab your bike and head to Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Whakapapa takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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.
On the 17th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Wellington travel planner.

You can drive from Whakapapa to Wellington in 4.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Wellington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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 18th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and then steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown journey planning site .

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

5
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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along Kepler Track, stroll through The Chasm Walk, and identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Te Anau road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 24:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

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