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:  12​h 30​min
1
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h
2
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Te Anau
— 2 nights
car:  3​h 30​min
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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.
Space Place at Carter Observatory has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see the sky in a new way at Space Place at Carter Observatory.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip itinerary planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Wellington is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Wellington to be much colder, temps between 22°C and 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sun) before leaving for Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Childrens Museums
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Space Place at Carter Observatory ©

1
night
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.
For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua road trip planning website .

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Trails Nature
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Blue Lake Track ©
Blue Lake Track

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Howick Historical Village, then kick back and relax at Orewa Beach, and then browse the exhibits of Of Hand & Heart.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Auckland sightseeing app .

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in December, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Of Hand & Heart, Orewa Beach
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Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Howick Historical Village ©
Howick Historical Village
Of Hand & Heart ©
Of Hand & Heart

2
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.
Milford Sound has been added to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Milford Sound, then get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and then look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Auckland to Te Anau in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Shopping
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Te Anau Lion Lookout Point ©
Te Anau Lion Lookout Point

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.
Wanaka Lavender Farm has been added to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then explore the activities along Arrow River, then browse the exhibits of Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, and finally hike along Tobins Track.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary app .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Wanaka Lavender Farm
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Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Arrow River ©
Arrow River
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©

2
nights
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lake Tekapo day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Christchurch.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Gem Alpaca Stud
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Gem Alpaca Stud ©
Gem Alpaca Stud
Off-Road Tours
The Church of the Good Shepherd ©
The Church of the Good Shepherd

3
nights
Christchurch

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get some cultural insight at Port Hills and Saint Peter's Anglican Church. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Hinewai Reserve. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), have some family-friendly fun at Velocity Karts, contemplate the long history of Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk, and make a trip to Diminish and Ascend.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Christchurch trip planner .

Drive from Franz Josef to Christchurch in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Akaroa
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 20:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)

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