11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Bandar Seri Begawan
Fly + Drive:  20 h 15 min
1
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
2
Paihia
— 1 night
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 Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours) and Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, trot along with a tour on horseback, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and make a trip to Te Puia.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua visit website .

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam to Rotorua is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Brunei Time (BNT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 4 hours. Traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan in December, things will get slightly colder in Rotorua: highs are around 25°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time 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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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Rotorua to Paihia by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then relax and rejuvenate 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. On your second day here, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, and then have fun at Break One Clay Target Shooting.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner .

Fly from Paihia to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a 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), hike along The Chasm Walk, then explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then explore the activities along Lake Gunn. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, and then take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau day trip site .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can 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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