17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand route planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
7
Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Singapore

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford to see Milford Foreshore Walk about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip builder app .

Singapore, Singapore to Te Anau is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Te Anau is 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip app .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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 6th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, then take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 7th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, then stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, then stroll through Horsemtrails, and then admire all the interesting features of Te Porere Redoubt.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park itinerary tool .

You can drive from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

3
nights
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 Rainbow Springs Nature Park make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Rotorua (Zipline, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, & more). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, have fun at AC Baths, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and experience rural life at Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Taupo fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Rotorua
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
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 12th (Thu), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip app .

Drive from Taupo to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

2
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.
On the 13th (Fri), admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then learn about all things military at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland attractions planning website .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Butterfly Creek ©
Butterfly Creek

Similar Plans

22 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 20 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM INDIA December, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in Bangkok, Phuket & New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in Bali, Australia & New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in Bali, Australia & New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in Bali, Australia & New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in Bali, Australia & New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 20 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, outdoors, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans