Tourists from Malaysia can enjoy various fun activities in New Zealand. When planning a New Zealand trip, it’s essential to set priorities. Apply for the NZeTA from Malaysia, and get going right away. If you just have a week to see everything New Zealand has to offer, you must carefully plan your trip. You can spend a lifetime trying to experience everything this country offers, and they still wouldn’t get close.
Still, we have come up with the best possible itinerary for a One-week New Zealand trip that covers most of the attractions.
Day 1: Auckland
Auckland is where most international flights land, so this is where we will start.
When you get to Auckland, head into the city. You won’t be bored here; New Zealand has plenty of attractions and activities, such as biking along the coastline, ascending the Sky Tower, and hiking to the top of Mt. Eden for breathtaking panoramas. Of course, its world-class food scene has tons of options.
Day 2: Auckland—Waiheke Island—Hauraki Gulf
Today you’ll be heading to Waiheke Island, one of the most beautiful places in the Hauraki Gulf. Take the early ferry from downtown Auckland to Waiheke. Then rent a scooter once you get there. There are plenty of stunning beaches and charming cafes to enjoy.
A sailing experience in America’s Cup or a dolphin and whale watching trip on the Hauraki Gulf are two other fantastic options you can try. You can see the best of Auckland, the harbour, and have a wonderful morning or afternoon doing either.
Catch a Naked bus or a rental car and head to Taupo in the evening. Taupo is located roughly 3.5 hours south of Auckland in the middle North Island. The next day will be a big one, so get some rest.
Day 3: Tongariro Alpine Crossing
At 6 a.m., a shuttle will take you to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of the amazing one-day hikes in New Zealand. If you go with the car rental, drive to the starting point of the course and then arrange for a shuttle to return you to the car at the end of the hiking day.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing is an 8-hour hike that passes through a wide range of landscapes. This track has everything: wetlands, volcanoes, and bush. You should always be ready for any kind of weather, as it can change unexpectedly. Any time of year is OK to hike this trail; however, winter is when a guide is essential.
When you’re done hiking, take the shuttle or you can drive back to Taupo and relax in a local hot spring.
Day 4: Auckland—Christchurch—Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park
Today will be a hectic one. Take a bus back to Auckland early in the morning so that you catch a flight to Christchurch. You can rent a car in Christchurch and drive the four hours into the Southern Alps to reach Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park. Take a scenic flight, take a short stroll, or you can sit and take in the breathtaking views of the mountains.
Day 5: Mt. Cook National Park—Queensland
A long day on the road awaits us today. Experience the sun rising over Mt. Cook from your hotel room. Do a small trek (the 45-minute leisurely walk to Kea Point Lookout will be nice), and then drive south toward Queenstown.
The scenery is so awe-inspiring that you’ll want to stop frequently to take photos. Beautiful wildflowers can be seen throughout the countryside during the springtime (September through November). As far as the eye can see, the Lindis Pass is nothing but tussock grass, and it’s lovely in its bleakness.
Day 6: Milford Sound
It’s no surprise that Milford Sound is among New Zealand’s most snapped locations. This drop-dead gorgeous is a must-visit for any visitor.
Plan a road trip to Milford Sound for the day. You may take a bus to Te Anau from Queenstown and then a boat ride into the Sound. This is a very time-consuming method, taking over 12 hours from door to door (10 hours of driving). There are many Instagram-worthy spots along the way, and the journey (particularly from Te Anau to Milford) is breathtaking.
Day 7: Queensland
This is your last day in New Zealand. As a fitting capstone to your whirlwind trip, book yourself an adrenaline-pumping experience for which Queenstown is famous. Adventurers can choose from a wide range of activities like bungee jumping, skydiving, jet boating, and more.