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:  15​h
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  14​h 45​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Singapore

3
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.
Head to The Cabbage Tree Shop and Kaan Zamaanfor some retail therapy. Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Masterpieces Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Paihia to go to Russell and see Pompallier Mission and Printery, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines, and identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia day trip tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Paihia is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Singapore to Paihia, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Pompallier Mission and Printery
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 7th (Tue), view the masterpieces at L'Arte, stop by Tukairangi Gallery, hike along Huka Falls Walkway, then get a taste of the local shopping with Lava Glass, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Taupo travel route builder .

You can fly from Paihia to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, then trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and then hike along Taranaki Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, explore the striking landscape of Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, then stroll through Ohakune Old Coach Road, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Whakapapa online day trip planner .

You can drive from Taupo to Whakapapa in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

1
night
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 11th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, then hike along Moraine Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

Plan my day in Fox Glacier using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Whakapapa to Fox Glacier in 15 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Zipline

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