11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland — 1 day

City of Sails

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 29th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, then don't miss a visit to Sky Tower, and then stop by Pauanesia.

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Singapore, Singapore to Auckland is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in August, expect Auckland to be cooler, temps between 14°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly to Paihia.
Museums · Shopping
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Paihia — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club and then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

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Getting from Auckland to Paihia by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Rotorua.
Golf · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
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Rotorua — 1 night

Sulphur City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lukes Anglican Church, get interesting insight from Tours, then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia.

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Traveling by flight from Paihia to Rotorua takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Wellington.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Wellington — 1 night

Harbour Capital

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 1st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

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You can fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Wellington, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Te Anau.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation
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Te Anau — 1 night

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 2nd (Sun), hike along The Chasm Walk and then explore the activities along Milford Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Gertrude Saddle and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Te Anau takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
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Queenstown — 4 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Remarkables Ski Area, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

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Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Fun & Games
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New Zealand travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.