15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  8 h
7
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
End: Auckland

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day
Auckland

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then make a trip to SkyTower.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Auckland trip tool.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Auckland. In April, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Taupo (Souvenir Outlet, Huka Falls Walkway, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, don't miss a visit to Amokura Glass, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lukes Anglican Church, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Auckland in April, Rotorua is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, then hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall, hike along Mead's Wall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk, then trek along Silica Rapids Track, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge Track.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip planning app.

You can drive from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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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.
On the 22nd (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, and explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner.

Fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Old Fashioned Costume Photography
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Wakatipu
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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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.
Step out of Te Anau to go to Milford Sound and see Bowen Falls, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kepler Track, trek along The Chasm Walk, and identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Te Anau holiday planning site.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bowen Falls
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

1
night
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 29th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and then contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

KeriKeri New Zealand
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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