13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + bus:  17​h 30​min
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Whitianga
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Whangamata
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
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 Huka Falls tracks. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park and Redwoods Treewalk. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, relax and rejuvenate at Hells Gate, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and stroll through Lake Okareka Walkway.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua online trip maker .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Rotorua is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Rotorua due to the time zone difference. In April, Rotorua is colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Rotorua

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Get in touch with nature at Matarangi Beach and The Lost Spring. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Whangapoua Beach and Hahei Beach Walk. Get out of town with these interesting Whitianga side-trips: New Chums Beach (in Whangapoua) and Cathedral Cove Walk (in Hahei). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Otama Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hot Water Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Whitianga route maker .

Drive from Rotorua to Whitianga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In April in Whitianga, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Whangamata.

Things to do in Whitianga

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Hahei, Whangapoua, Otama Beach, Hot Water Beach, Matarangi Beach
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Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
The Lost Spring ©
The Lost Spring
Whangapoua Beach ©
Whangapoua Beach

2
nights
Whangamata

Whangamata ©
The town of Whangamatā is sited on the southeast coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. On the 8th (Mon), kick back and relax at Whiritoa Beach and then kick back and relax at Whangamata Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Whangamata trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Whitianga to Whangamata takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Whangamata can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Whangamata

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Whiritoa Beach
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Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach

2
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 10th (Wed): trek along Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, then kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, then explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier route maker site .

Explore your travel options from Whangamata to Fox Glacier with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Lake Matheson Walk ©
Lake Matheson Walk
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Helicopter Tours

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.
On the 11th (Thu), get your game on at Dark Ride Queenstown and then stroll through Queenstown Hill. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours, then head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Queenstown

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Trails

Side Trip

Arrowtown Village
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village
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