14 days in Japan, Maldives & New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in Japan, Maldives & New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly to Male, Ferry to Male
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Male, Maldives
— 2 nights
Fly
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Auckland, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan

— 2 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool.

San Diego, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from San Diego in November, things will get a bit cooler in Kyoto: highs are around 62°F and lows about 48°F. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Male.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:

Male, Maldives

— 2 nights
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): kick back and relax at Hulhumale Beach, stroll around Sultan Park, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, then make a trip to Jumhooree Maidhaan, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque).

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Male journey planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Kyoto to Male takes 15.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Kyoto to Male. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Kyoto in November: high temperatures in Male hover around 87°F and lows are around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors · Parks · Spas · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 3 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mount Iron Track and Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery. Visiting Ben Lomond Track and Wanaka will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Male to Queenstown. The time zone changes from Maldives Time (MVT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Sulphur City

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.
On the 12th (Fri), contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, then identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and finally wander the streets of Eat Street. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Government Gardens, then take a memorable tour with Redwoods Treewalk, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Rotorua takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:

Auckland, New Zealand

— 2 nights

City of Sails

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then contemplate the geological forces at Rangitoto Island.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland holiday maker.

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Auckland when traveling from Rotorua in November, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Wineries · Nature · Tours
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Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.