11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bandar Seri Begawan
Fly + Drive:  20 h 15 min
1
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
2
Paihia
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
4
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: Bandar Seri Begawan

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a memorable tour with Tours, and contemplate the long history of Te Puia.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua day trip planner.

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam to Rotorua is an approximately 20.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Brunei Darussalam Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan in December, with highs in Rotorua at 25°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia journey maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Rotorua to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Here are some ideas for day two: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and then have fun at Break One.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown day trip app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Queenstown takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

3
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 30th (Mon), stroll through The Chasm Walk, then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, and then take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau travel route planning app.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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