16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Auckland
— 3 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: explore the activities along Milford Sound, hike along Hollyford Track, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau vacation builder tool .

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. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 25:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, and look for gifts at Amisfield Cellar Door.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown tour itinerary app .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get around town with TranzAlpine Train and then examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then enjoy some diversion at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and finally admire the natural beauty at Ohinetahi Garden.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Christchurch takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Christchurch sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Parks

Side Trip

Ohinetahi Garden
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 1:
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Maori Rock Carvings, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, & more). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, explore and take pictures at Te Puia, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Rotorua takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rotorua, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 4:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

3
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.
Auckland is known for nature, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cheltenham Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rotorua in March: highs in Auckland hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 7:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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