15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Tulsa
Fly:  20 h 45 min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  27 h
End: Tulsa

1
night
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 27th (Thu): enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island, then learn about winemaking at Foxes Island, and finally stop by Pauanesia.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary maker.

Tulsa, USA to Auckland is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Tulsa to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tulsa in February, you will find days in Auckland are a bit warmer (72°F), and nights are much warmer (72°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, &more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, admire all the interesting features of Te Puia, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in February, Rotorua is a bit cooler at night with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Whakapapa.

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
Whakapapa

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and then hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Ohakune Old Coach Road and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Whakapapa trip maker site .

You can drive from Rotorua to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

1
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 5th (Thu), ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then 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.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington planner.

You can drive from Whakapapa to Wellington in 4.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and then view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre.

To find reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

3
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.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau vacation website .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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