12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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12 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  18​h 30​min
1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Auckland Central
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h
6
Paihia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur


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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound (about 1h 05 min away). On the 10th (Sun), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, stroll through The Chasm Walk, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Te Anau holiday builder .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Te Anau is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bowen Falls
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, then take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Queenstown tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

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 14th (Thu): catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Wellington road trip planner.

Fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, take a memorable tour with Tours, then take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Wellington to Rotorua by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Wellington in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature Parks Tours
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Horseback Riding Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

1
night
Auckland Central

Auckland Central ©
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 16th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland Central road trip planner .

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland Central in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rotorua in March: highs in Auckland Central hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland Central

Museums
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paihia route maker app .

Getting from Auckland Central to Paihia by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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