44 days in New Zealand Itinerary

44 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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44 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Auckland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Taupo
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Whakapapa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Christchurch
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
9
Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Queenstown
— 5 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
11
Te Anau
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Singapore

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.
Family-friendly places like Sky Tower and Auckland War Memorial Museum will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Auckland: Snowplanet (in Silverdale) and Hamilton Gardens (in Hamilton). There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, see the interesting displays at New Zealand Maritime Museum, and stop by Pauanesia.

For reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip builder app .

Singapore, Singapore to Auckland is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. When traveling from Singapore in December, plan for colder days in Auckland, with highs around 20°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Snowplanet, Hamilton Gardens
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Action World and Adventure Forest. Venture out of the city with trips to Pompallier Mission and Printery (in Russell) and Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, steep yourself in history at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Paihia trip builder website .

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Pompallier Mission and Printery, Ocean Beach, Kings Theatre Creative, Adventure Forest
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:
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Adventure Forest ©
Adventure Forest
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds

6
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.
Attractions like Huka Prawn Park and Volcanic Activity Centre make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Agrodome (in Ngongotaha), Rotorua (Lady Knox Geyser, Te Puia, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). Next up on the itinerary: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, find something for the whole family at Mind Junction, and look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip planning tool .

You can fly from Paihia to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 7:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Agrodome ©
Agrodome

5
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Step out of Whakapapa with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Turangi--about 34 minutes away.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Whakapapa trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Whakapapa takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Marokopa Falls Walk, experience rural life at Roselands Farm Park, then head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds, and finally Head underground at Caveworld.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 15th (Wed), get curious at Puke Ariki, admire the natural beauty at Pukekura Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, and finally take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New Plymouth driving holiday planning tool .

Drive from Waitomo Caves to New Plymouth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:
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Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then contemplate the long history of Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, and then get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from New Plymouth to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Wellington, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:
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Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

3
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Velocity Karts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Christchurch: Akaroa (Kayaking & Canoeing & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, hop aboard TranzAlpine Train, and meet the residents at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch trip planner .

Getting from Wellington to Christchurch by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Christchurch. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Outdoors Transportation

Side Trips

Akaroa, Little River Gallery
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:
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Velocity Karts ©
Velocity Karts
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

4
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Fox Glacier is known for nature, trails, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, hike along Kea Point Track, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sealy Tarns Track, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Christchurch to Fox Glacier by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

5
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 29:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Te Anau: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Pops View Look Out (in Milford Sound). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, appreciate the history behind Quintin Mackinnon Monument, trek along Hollyford Track, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Routeburn Track.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau online tour planner .

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. On the 4th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Routeburn Track, Milford Foreshore Walk, Pops View Look Out
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 4:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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