15 days in Turkmenistan & New Zealand Itinerary

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan — 3 nights

A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an unorthodox tour of Kow Ata Underground Lake, explore the ancient world of Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, and take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ashgabat day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Ashgabat is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Ashgabat, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, Ashgabat is cooler than Sydney - with highs of 15°C and lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Auckland.
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Auckland, New Zealand — 1 night

City of Sails

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for gifts at Pauanesia and then make a trip to Sky Tower. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Mount Eden, then examine the collection at Auckland Museum, and then walk around Auckland Domain.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Auckland online trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ashgabat to Auckland. The time zone difference moving from Turkmenistan Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 7 hours. When traveling from Ashgabat in November, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly to Rotorua.
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Rotorua, New Zealand — 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Speed Boats Tours, &more). 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 Te Puia, get engrossed in the history at Rotorua Museum, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rotorua travel planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rotorua when traveling from Auckland in November, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Wellington.
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Wellington, New Zealand — 1 night

Harbour Capital

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 13th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in November, you will find days in Wellington are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Queenstown.
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Queenstown, New Zealand — 4 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Te Anau (The Chasm Walk & Milford Sound). On the 16th (Wed), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Queenstown holiday builder.

Fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
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Turkmenistan travel guide

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Ruins · Landmarks · Geologic Formations
With a population of just 5 million and the majority of its area part of one of the driest deserts on the planet, Turkmenistan remains one of the world's least explored destinations. Known largely for the eccentric dictatorship of Saparmyrat Niyazov, who died in 2006, this desert land boasts great natural beauty and centuries-old traditions. A tour of Turkmenistan reveals a series of thriving cities, once important stops on the ancient Silk Road. Probably the most convenient of the country's urban centers, Ashgabat serves as the national capital and most developed city, known for its white-marble buildings housing theaters, museums, and shopping malls.
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New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
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.
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