20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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20 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Dunedin
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
2
Invercargill
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Te Anau
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Wanaka
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Greymouth
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
7
Christchurch
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Akaroa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Kaikoura
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
10
Picton
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
12
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
13
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
14
Rotorua
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
15
Taupo
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
16
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
17
Auckland
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Singapore

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Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
On the 29th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, then look and learn at Otago Museum, then get some fabulous bargains at Happy Hens, and finally identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Dunedin itinerary planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Dunedin is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Dunedin is 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Invercargill.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums Childrens Museums Wildlife
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Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place
Olveston Historic Home ©
Olveston Historic Home

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Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. On the 30th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Bill Richardson Transport World, then get engrossed in the history at E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian, and then admire the masterpieces at Southland Museum and Art Gallery.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Invercargill travel route planner .

Getting from Dunedin to Invercargill by car takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Invercargill

Museums
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Bill Richardson Transport World ©
Bill Richardson Transport World
Southland Museum and Art Gallery ©
Southland Museum and Art Gallery

1
night
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 1st (Sun), trek along The Chasm Walk and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau trip maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Invercargill to Te Anau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors
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The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

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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 2nd (Mon): browse the exhibits of Silver Fern Gallery, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then hike along Queenstown Hill.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip site .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Silver Fern Gallery ©
Silver Fern Gallery

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Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stroll through Mount Iron Track and then stroll through Wanaka.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Wanaka online route planner .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track
Wanaka ©
Wanaka

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Greymouth

Greymouth ©
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Patrick's Parish, grab your bike and head to West Coast Wilderness Trail, then trek along Point Elizabeth Walkway, and finally hike along Coal Creek Track.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Greymouth sightseeing planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wanaka to Greymouth. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Greymouth

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Coal Creek Track, West Coast Wilderness Trail
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Point Elizabeth Walkway ©
Point Elizabeth Walkway
St Patrick's Parish ©
St Patrick's Parish

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 5th (Thu), examine the collection at Quake City, see the interesting displays at Air Force Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and finally have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Christchurch holiday website .

You can drive from Greymouth to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. December in Christchurch sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Akaroa.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Quake City ©
Quake City
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve ©
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
Air Force Museum of New Zealand ©
Air Force Museum of New Zealand

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Akaroa

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, explore and take pictures at The Giant's House, then take in the exciting artwork at Lava gallery, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Planning Akaroa trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Akaroa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Akaroa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Akaroa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Giants House ©
The Giants House

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Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Peninsula Seal Colony, hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, and then trek along Ohau Stream Walk.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kaikoura journey app .

Traveling by car from Akaroa to Kaikoura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Picton.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Peninsula Seal Colony ©
Peninsula Seal Colony
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk

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Picton

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then examine the collection at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Picton vacation tool .

Traveling by bus from Kaikoura to Picton takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Picton can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Picton

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

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night
Wellington

Wellington
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then contemplate the long history of Old St Paul's, then get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Wellington online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Picton to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
Old St Paul's ©
Old St Paul's

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, then meet the residents at Brooklands Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Pukekura Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Port Taranaki Walkway.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the New Plymouth travel app .

Fly from Wellington to New Plymouth in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
Brooklands Zoo ©
Brooklands Zoo
Port Taranaki Walkway ©
Port Taranaki Walkway

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Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the 11th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruakuri Walk, Head underground at Caveworld, explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip planner .

You can drive from New Plymouth to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

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Rotorua

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.
On the 12th (Thu), get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Government Gardens.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Rotorua road trip site .

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, River Rafting & Tubing
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
River Rafting & Tubing
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

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Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 13th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Kayaking & Canoeing

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia online route planner .

You can fly from Taupo to Paihia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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Auckland

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Kids will enjoy Auckland Museum and Cheltenham Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and Stockade Hill. The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, head off the coast to Tiritiri Matangi Island, and make a trip to Sky Tower.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Auckland online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Paihia to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. December in Auckland sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Wildlife Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Stockade Hill, Cheltenham Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre ©
Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

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