18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Matamata
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
3
Hinuera
— Few hours
Bus:  1​h
4
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Whanganui
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Paraparaumu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Wellington
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Picton
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Nelson
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Singapore

1
night
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.
You've added Viaduct Harbour, Ponsonby, Orewa Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get impressive views of Mount Eden, kick back and relax at Orewa Beach, and then wander the streets of Ponsonby.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland tour planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Auckland is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. When traveling from Singapore in December, plan for cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 19°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Matamata.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Hunua Falls, Orewa Beach
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Hunua Falls ©
Hunua Falls

1
night
Matamata

Matamata
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Matamata tour planner.

Drive from Auckland to Matamata in 2 hours. You'll set off for Hinuera on the 26th (Tue).

Things to do in Matamata

Outdoors Tours Parks
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few
hours
Hinuera

Hinuera
Hinuera's claim to fame is Hobbiton, the setting for the shires in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
To see photos and other tourist information, refer to the Hinuera trip builder.

Hinuera is just a short distance from Matamata. On the 26th (Tue), you're off toRotorua.

Things to do in Hinuera

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hobbiton Movie Set Tours, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Polynesian Spa, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take a memorable excursion with Hobbiton Movie Set Tours.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rotorua vacation trip planner.

Drive from Matamata to Rotorua in an hour. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Wed) before leaving for Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Huka Falls Walkway, Hobbiton Movie Set
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tongariro Alpine Crossing as well as Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): see the world from above with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour and then trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©

few
hours
Whanganui

Whanganui ©
For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Whanganui trip builder.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Whanganui in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Whanganui can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Paraparaumu.

Things to do in Whanganui

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Virginia Lake ©
Virginia Lake
Wanganui Winter Garden ©
Wanganui Winter Garden

1
night
Paraparaumu

Paraparaumu
Paraparaumu is a town in the south-western North Island of New Zealand. To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paraparaumu travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Whanganui to Paraparaumu in 2 hours. Traveling from Whanganui in December, Paraparaumu is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. You'll set off for Wellington on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Paraparaumu

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

5
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.
Scorching Bay has been added to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Weta Cave.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Wellington vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paraparaumu to Wellington takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Scorching Bay ©
Scorching Bay
Weta Workshop ©
Weta Workshop

2
nights
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): hike along Queen Charlotte Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Cloudy Bay, contemplate the long history of Edwin Fox Museum, and then meet the residents at EcoWorld Picton Aquarium.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Picton holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Picton takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, daytime highs in Picton are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nelson.

Things to do in Picton

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Cloudy Bay
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Queen Charlotte Track ©
Queen Charlotte Track
Cloudy Bay ©
Cloudy Bay
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

2
nights
Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): stroll through Kaiteriteri Beach, see the interesting displays at World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Cathedral. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Abel Tasman Coast Track.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nelson sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Picton to Nelson takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nelson

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Kaiteriteri Beach, Abel Tasman Coast Track
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Abel Tasman Coast Track ©
Abel Tasman Coast Track
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

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