21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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21 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  16​h
1
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Hahei
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Queenstown
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Singapore

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park. Explore hidden gems such as Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Lady Knox Geyser. Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Huka Falls tracks & Craters of the Moon) and Maunganui Beach (in Mount Maunganui). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and soothe aching muscles at Hells Gate.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip maker tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Rotorua is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. In December, Rotorua is little chillier than Singapore - with highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Hahei.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, Hells Gate, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, River Rafting & Tubing
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park ©
Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Hahei

Hahei ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hahei Beach Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Cove Walk. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at The Lost Spring, then relax in the rural setting at Whiti Farm Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hahei using our trip planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Hahei by car takes about 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Hahei

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Whitianga, Hot Water Beach
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Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matheson Walk, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails. On the next day, kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, and then take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip maker website .

Explore your travel options from Hahei to Fox Glacier with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Te Anau.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Spas & Wellness
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Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Chasm Walk and Kepler Track. Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, and trek along Gertrude Saddle.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau trip planner .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Te Anau in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive 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

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ben Lomond Track and Wanaka. Get in touch with nature at Arrowtown Village and Lake Wanaka. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Wanaka (Rippon & Helicopter Tours). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village

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