16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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16 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Rotorua
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h
3
Christchurch
— 3 nights
4
Queenstown
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Milford Sound
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): browse the different shops at The Strand Arcade. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Pauanesia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Auckland Zoo, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland Central trip itinerary builder .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Auckland Central is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland Central due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September; daily highs in Auckland Central reach 15°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nightlife
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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hours
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.
To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua attractions planning site .

Traveling by car from Auckland Central to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland Central in September, expect nights in Rotorua to be a bit cooler, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Rotorua

Museums
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Rotorua Museum ©
Rotorua Museum

3
nights
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 12th (Wed): don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, then see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, and finally admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): hop aboard TranzAlpine Train.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Christchurch day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Christchurch takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Rotorua in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Christchurch, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Transportation Parks
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by The Barn, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planning app .

You can fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

2
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.
On the 17th (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at Punanga Manu o Te Anau and then explore the activities along Ivan Wilson Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves and then look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Te Anau route planning tool .

You can drive from Queenstown to Te Anau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

3
nights
Milford Sound

Milford Sound ©
Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hollyford Track. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): make a trip to Homer Tunnel and then identify plant and animal life at Milford sound Hwy.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Milford Sound sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Milford Sound takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Milford Sound

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Homer Tunnel ©
Homer Tunnel

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