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:  14​h 45​min
1
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Auckland
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Taupo
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  2​h 45​min
6
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Singapore

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Alpine Aqualand and Queenstown Underwater Observatory. Take a break from Queenstown with a short trip to Milford Sound in Te Anau, about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get interesting insight from Tours, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary planning site .

Singapore, Singapore to Queenstown is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Singapore to Queenstown, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Zipline

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, trek along Moraine Walk, and then explore the striking landscape of Fox Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, and then identify plant and animal life at West Coast Wildlife Centre.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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 25th (Wed): see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Christchurch vacation app .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Christchurch by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. December in Christchurch sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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.
On the 26th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport, examine the collection at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, and then stop by Pauanesia.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland online travel planner .

You can fly from Christchurch to Auckland in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Christchurch in December: highs in Auckland hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

1
night
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Taupo online itinerary planner .

Getting from Auckland to Taupo by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

2
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
Kids will enjoy SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium and Cheltenham Beach. Step out of Auckland to go to Waiheke Island and see Connells Bay Sculpture Park, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. See even more of Auckland: head off the coast to Waiheke Island, identify plant and animal life at Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and get impressive views of Rangitoto Island.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Taupo to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Connells Bay Sculpture Park, Cheltenham Beach
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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre
Rangitoto Island ©
Rangitoto Island

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