11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

11 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly to Auckland International Airport, Drive to Rotorua
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 1 night
Fly
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Bandar Seri Begawan

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Rotorua

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Waitomo Glowworm Caves (in Waitomo Caves). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at 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.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, 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 · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

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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 see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia journey maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Paihia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

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Queenstown

Shallow Bay

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): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and then have fun at Break One.

To find out how to plan a trip to Queenstown, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Paihia to Queenstown by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

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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.

For reviews, ratings, photos, 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 4 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 · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
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.