22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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22 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Wellington
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Let the collections at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum and Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Milford Sound and Lake Te Anau. The adventure continues: hike along Kepler Track, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Te Anau is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Te Anau due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Southern Discoveries - Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

2
nights
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 5th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Stoneridge Estate & Bald Hills Cellar Door. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Central Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Ivan Clarke Gallery, explore the galleries of Silver Fern Gallery, view the masterpieces at Artbay Gallery, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Queenstown Arts Centre.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Museums
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Zipline
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

6
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Queen Charlotte Track and ZEALANDIA Sanctuary. Family-friendly places like Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Wellington Zoo will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wellington: Marlborough Sounds (in Picton) and Southward Car Museum (in Paraparaumu). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, look for all kinds of wild species at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, and get outside with Great Alpine Highway.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Picton, Tonga Island Marine Reserve, Catchpool Loop Walk, Southward Car Museum
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 14th (Tue), laugh and play at Huka Prawn Park, examine the collection at Taupo Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Taupo journey builder website .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

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

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.
Family-friendly places like Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park will thrill your kids. Escape the urban bustle at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Rotorua online travel route planner .

Traveling by bus from Taupo to Rotorua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Rotorua are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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.
Get outdoors at Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre and Butterfly Creek. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Auckland War Memorial Museum and Cheltenham Beach. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to SkyTower, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get impressive views of Mount Eden, and contemplate the waterfront views at Devonport.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Auckland travel route builder site .

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in January, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Butterfly Creek ©
Butterfly Creek

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