17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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17 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
3
Taupo
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
4
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Dunedin
— 1 night
bus:  5​h 15​min
7
Te Anau
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
8
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Franz Josef
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Greymouth
— Few hours
train:  3​h 30​min
11
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
12
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
13
Auckland
— 1 day
Fly:  14​h 15​min
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.
On the 19th (Thu), enjoy the sea views from Manukau Heads Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Karekare Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Muriwai Gannet Colony.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Auckland trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Auckland is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and 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 March, plan for colder days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Karekare Beach, Orewa Beach, Muriwai Gannet Colony
Highlights from your plan
Muriwai Gannet Colony ©
Muriwai Gannet Colony
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Manukau Heads Lighthouse ©
Manukau Heads Lighthouse

1
night
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Kuirau Park. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park.

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You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Auckland, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Rotorua, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Highlights from your plan
Kuirau Park ©
Kuirau Park
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

1
night
Taupo

Taupo
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo day trip planning website .

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. On the 22nd (Sun), you're off toChristchurch.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), admire all the interesting features of Godley Head, then take a stroll through Port Hills, then don't miss a visit to Cardboard Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Christchurch online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Taupo to Christchurch in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Riccarton House & Bush ©
Riccarton House & Bush
Godley Head ©
Godley Head

1
night
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
On the 25th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd, then hike along Governors Bush Walk, then look and learn at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, and finally stroll through Sealy Tarns Track.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Mt. Cook Village trip planner .

You can drive from Christchurch to Mt. Cook Village in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), The Church of the Good Shepherd
Highlights from your plan
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Sealy Tarns Track ©
Sealy Tarns Track
Mueller Hut Route ©
Mueller Hut Route

1
night
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dunedin driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Dunedin in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago
Olveston Historic Home ©
Olveston Historic Home

1
night
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.
You've now added Te Anau Glowworm Caves to your itinerary. On the 28th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, then Head underground at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and then get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Dunedin to Te Anau takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Te Anau Lion Lookout Point ©
Te Anau Lion Lookout Point

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Skyline Queenstown. On the 28th (Sat), explore the galleries of Queenstown Arts Centre and then don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then explore the activities along Moke Lake, and finally stroll through Lake Hayes Walkway.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip builder app .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trip

Lake Hayes Walkway
Highlights from your plan
Moke Lake ©
Moke Lake
Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway
Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown ©

2
nights
Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Callery Gorge Walk, hike along Sentinel Rock Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Tasman Glacier, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Okarito Lagoon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of the Alps, enjoy some diversion at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting, trek along Peters Pool Walk, then take in the pleasant sights at Tatare Tunnels Walk, and finally stroll through Minnehaha Walk.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Franz Josef trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Queenstown to Franz Josef in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Tasman Glacier, Okarito Lagoon
Highlights from your plan
Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk
Tatare Tunnels Walk ©
Tatare Tunnels Walk

few
hours
Greymouth

Greymouth ©
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): trek along Woods Creek Track, contemplate the long history of Shantytown Heritage Park, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Monteith's Brewing Company, and finally hike along Coal Creek Track.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Greymouth online road trip planner .

Drive from Franz Josef to Greymouth in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Greymouth

Breweries & Distilleries Parks Trails

Side Trip

Coal Creek Track
Highlights from your plan
Monteith's Brewing Company ©
Monteith's Brewing Company
Woods Creek Track ©
Woods Creek Track
Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Christchurch trip planner .

Traveling by car from Greymouth to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Fun & Games

1
night
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.
You've now added ZEALANDIA Sanctuary to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and finally contemplate the long history of Wellington Railway Station.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Wellington online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Wellington, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Wellington

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Wellington Railway Station
Wellington Railway Station

1
day
Auckland

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Mission Bay Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Reality Studio, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland vacation maker .

Fly from Wellington to Auckland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Wellington in April, Auckland is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Mission Bay Beach ©
Mission Bay Beach
Virtual Reality Studio ©
Virtual Reality Studio

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