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


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.
On the 15th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanzen-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

San Diego, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Kyoto is 17 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Male.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

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.
On the 18th (Sat), stroll through Hulhumale Beach, walk around Sultan Park, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market, make a trip to Jumhooree Maidhaan, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Male trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Kyoto to Male takes 15.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kyoto to Male is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Male, with lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

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.
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery and Wine Tours & Tastings are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ben Lomond Track and Chard Farm Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Wanaka (Mount Iron Track & Wanaka). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Arrowtown Village, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Male to Queenstown with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Male to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, then identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and finally visit Eat Street. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Government Gardens, kick your exploration up a notch at Redwoods Treewalk, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua road trip 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 September, daytime highs in Rotorua are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

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 27th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and then step off the mainland to explore Rangitoto Island.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland tour planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in September, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Nature · Parks · Wineries · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

Japan travel guide

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

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

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.