17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
7
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
When in Paihia, make a side trip to see Tapeka Point Track in Russell, approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia itinerary builder tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Paihia is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Paihia is 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

KeriKeri New Zealand, Tapeka Point Track
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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 12th (Sun): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then examine the collection at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and admire all the interesting features of Te Puia.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Rotorua, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Hobbiton Movie Set
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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

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nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, and then grab your bike and head to Ohakune Old Coach Road.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa itinerary planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Wellington visit website .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Wellington in 4.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can 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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and then contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Queenstown road trip planner .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time 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

4
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.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, stroll through Lake Gunn, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, and take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau road trip app .

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

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