18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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18 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  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
+4
bus + Fly + taxi + train + taxi:  12​h
4
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Paihia
— 5 nights
Fly:  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.
Get in touch with nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) and Doubtful Sound. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound and hike along The Chasm Walk.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary maker app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Te Anau is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Te Anau, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

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

2
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 8th (Wed): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, and then do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally learn about winemaking at Stoneridge Estate & Bald Hills Cellar Door.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip planning website .

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Wineries Fun & Games Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Spas

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.
Visiting Gillespies Beach and Helicopter Tours will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier, take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier, stroll through Terrace Walk, and take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

1
night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Mangawhero Falls, then grab your bike and head to Ohakune Old Coach Road, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and train from Fox Glacier to Tongariro National Park in 12 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, flight, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

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

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and finally look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, and then take in the exciting artwork at Tukairangi Gallery.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the Taupo trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. 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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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Get outdoors at Paihia Harbour and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Popular historic sites such as Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Christ Church in Russell (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, view the masterpieces at Kaan Zamaan, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paihia travel planning website .

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Paihia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Scuba & Snorkeling

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