20 days in Moscow & New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in Moscow & New Zealand Itinerary

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20 days in Moscow & New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Moscow, Russia
1
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  28 h
2
Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Wellington, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Dunedin, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 4 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Moscow, Russia

3
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Red Square and Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra and Krutitskoe Podvorye. Get out of town with these interesting Moscow side-trips: Kolomna (Museum Pastila Factory, Muzeynaya Fabrika Kolomenskoy Pastily, & more) and Alexandrovskaya Sloboda (in Aleksandrov). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber, see the interesting displays at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve, take an in-depth tour of Moscow Museum of Archaeology, and admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow route planner.

If you are flying in from Russia, the closest major airports are Sheremetyevo International Airport, Domodedovo International Airport, Vnukovo International Airport and Zhukovsky International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Moscow are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kolomna, Alexandrovskaya Sloboda, The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
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The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
Kolomna Kremlin ©
Kolomna Kremlin

2
nights
Paihia, New Zealand

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Paihia Harbour and Rainbow Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Pompallier Mission and Printery (in Russell) and Byrne Northland Wines (in Kerikeri). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, don't miss a visit to KeriKeri New Zealand, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip planner.

You can fly from Moscow to Paihia in 28 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Moscow to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo) and Ohope Beach (in Whakatane). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rotorua tour planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In January in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Mt Maunganui Main Beach, River Rafting & Tubing, Huka Falls Walkway, Ohope Beach
Highlights from your plan
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Wellington, New Zealand

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oriental Bay, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then identify plant and animal life at Staglands Wildlife Reserve.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
Staglands Wildlife Reserve ©
Staglands Wildlife Reserve

2
nights
Dunedin, New Zealand

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): hike along Tunnel Beach Track, then look for all kinds of wild species at Penguin Place, and then identify plant and animal life at Otago Peninsula. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, get curious at Otago Museum, then contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Speight’s Brewery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dunedin road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Dunedin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum

4
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Visiting Arrowtown Village and Wanaka will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and The Chasm Walk. Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Wanaka (Parasailing & Paragliding & Mount Iron Track). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Ben Lomond Track, learn about winemaking at Stoneridge Estate & Bald Hills Cellar Door, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and have some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory Queenstown.

To find out how to plan a trip to Queenstown, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Dunedin to Queenstown by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown, The Chasm Walk, Lake Gunn
Highlights from your plan
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Wanaka ©
Wanaka

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