19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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19 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  16​h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Lake Tekapo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Mt. Cook Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Lake Hawea
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
8
Wanaka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Cromwell
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
10
Arrowtown
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
11
Queenstown
— 1 night
drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Te Anau
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Milford Sound
— 1 night
drive:  2​h 30​min
14
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Parnell, One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie), Mount Eden, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Auckland is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, you will find days in Auckland are colder (17°C), and nights are little chillier (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden
One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie) ©
One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie)

1
night
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blue Spring as well as Hobbiton Movie Set. On the 16th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Spring.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves road trip planning app .

You can drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Blue Spring, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve as well as Tamaki Maori Village. On the 17th (Thu), witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Tamaki Maori Village.

Before you visit Rotorua, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. October in Rotorua sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature Parks Nightlife

Side Trip

Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve
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Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Tamaki Maori Village ©
Tamaki Maori Village
Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve ©
Hamurana Springs Nature Reserve

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 18th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre and then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch online holiday planner .

Fly from Rotorua to Christchurch in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Rotorua in October, Christchurch is a bit cooler at night with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre
Cardboard Cathedral ©
Cardboard Cathedral

2
nights
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo ©
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Lake Tekapo has been added to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Aoraki/Mt. Cook (in Mt. Cook Village) and Morelea Farm (in Fairlie). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, go for a walk through Mount John University Observatory, look and learn at Earth & Sky, and pause for some photo ops at Mackenzie Sheep Dog Statue.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lake Tekapo trip maker tool .

You can drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Gem Alpaca Stud, Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, Aoraki/Mt. Cook
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Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

2
nights
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village online visit planner .

You can drive from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village in an hour. You'll set off for Lake Hawea on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Lake Pukaki
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Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Lake Pukaki ©
Lake Pukaki

few
hours
Lake Hawea

Lake Hawea ©
You've now added Lake Hawea to your itinerary.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lake Hawea trip site .

Drive from Mt. Cook Village to Lake Hawea in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Lake Hawea

Nature Parks
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Lake Hawea ©
Lake Hawea

1
night
Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Wanaka as well as Paradiso Cinema.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka route planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lake Hawea to Wanaka. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Cromwell.

Things to do in Wanaka

Nature Parks Nightlife
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Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Paradiso Cinema ©
Paradiso Cinema

few
hours
Cromwell

Cromwell ©
Cromwell is a town in Central Otago in the Otago region of New Zealand.Cromwell is between State Highway 6 (linking to Wanaka, 50 km north, and Queenstown, 60 km west) and State Highway 8 leading to the Lindis Pass, 75 km northeast, and Alexandra, 33 km south. On the 25th (Fri), make a trip to Cromwell Heritage Precinct, then pause for some photo ops at Cromwell Fruit Sculpture, and then steep yourself in history at Kawarau Suspension Bridge.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Cromwell fast, fun, and easy.

Explore your travel options from Wanaka to Cromwell with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Arrowtown.

Things to do in Cromwell

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kawarau Suspension Bridge
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Kawarau Suspension Bridge ©
Kawarau Suspension Bridge
Cromwell Heritage Precinct ©
Cromwell Heritage Precinct
Cromwell Fruit Sculpture ©
Cromwell Fruit Sculpture

few
hours
Arrowtown

Arrowtown ©
Hello! This is Arrowtown - the much visited, much loved, 4-season, southern hemisphere holiday destination, located only 15mins drive from the Adventure Capital of the World - Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand. For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Arrowtown trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cromwell to Arrowtown takes an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Arrowtown

Shopping
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1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Lake Wakatipu has been added to your itinerary.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip builder tool .

Queenstown is just a stone's throw from Arrowtown. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Nature Parks
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Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stroll through The Chasm Walk.

To plan Te Anau vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Milford Sound.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors
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The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

1
night
Milford Sound

Milford Sound ©
Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the activities along Milford Sound and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Milford Sound trip itinerary maker app .

Explore your travel options from Te Anau to Milford Sound with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Te Anau
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Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours has been added to your itinerary. Explore Queenstown further: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip maker site .

Take a bus from Milford Sound to Queenstown in 6 hours. On the 30th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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