18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kuala Lumpur
+3
Train + Foot + Fly + Bus:  18 h 30 min
1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  12 h
4
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
6
Paihia
— 5 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Train:  16 h 45 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Visiting Doubtful Sound and Lake Te Anau will get you outdoors. There's more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound and trek along The Chasm Walk.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau online road trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Te Anau is an approximately 19.5- hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. You'll set off for Queenstown on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

2
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): push the limits with an extreme tour, then learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and then learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally learn about winemaking at Bald Hills Pop Up Cellar Door.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown online trip builder.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Wineries Fun & Games Outdoors
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Spas
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Get in touch with nature at Hooker Valley Track and Franz Josef Glacier. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, explore the galleries of ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, stroll through Terrace Walk, and hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Hooker Valley Track
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

1
night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls, get to know the fascinating history of Ohakune Old Coach Road, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls.

Discover how to plan a Tongariro National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Fox Glacier to Tongariro National Park in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, flight, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): push the limits with an extreme tour, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, and finally stop by Souvenir Outlet. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, then make a splash at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, and then explore the galleries of Tukairangi Gallery.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Taupo trip maker.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Byrne Northland Wines. Get outdoors at Waitangi Golf Club and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Paihia: Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Christ Church). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church, admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church, and identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia tour itinerary site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Taupo to Paihia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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