13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  16​h
1
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Agrodome. Explore hidden gems such as Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Huka Falls tracks (in Taupo) and Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Wai-O-Tapu Mud Pools.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Rotorua is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. Traveling from Singapore in September, things will get much colder in Rotorua: highs are around 19°C and lows about 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tauranga, Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Huka Falls Walkway
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park ©
Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

2
nights
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.
On the 17th (Mon), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, relax in the rural setting at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, then look for all kinds of wild species at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves route planner .

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Otorohanga
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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.
On the 18th (Tue), get interesting insight from Tours and then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paihia trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, flight, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Te Anau online route planner .

Getting from Paihia to Te Anau by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, then trek along Queenstown Hill, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Te Anau to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Skydiving

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