15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h 45 min
3
Te Anau
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h 15 min
4
Whakapapa
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 15 min
5
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Queenstown
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Auckland
— 1 night
End: Auckland

2
nights
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 5th (Thu): get your game on at Virtual Reality Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, get impressive views of Mount Eden, and then stop by Pauanesia.

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If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In March, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

4
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: Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera), Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, &more) and Dog and Sheep Shaped Corrugated Metal Buildings (in Tirau). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, trot along with a tour on horseback, and look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua day trip website .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in March, you will find days in Rotorua are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are little chillier (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set, Dog and Sheep Shaped Corrugated Metal Buildings
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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
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, trek along Lake Gunn, get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and stroll through The Chasm Walk.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Te Anau tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rotorua to Te Anau takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Whakapapa.

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

1
night
Whakapapa

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, then stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then trek along Taranaki Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Whakapapa Nature Walk and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Whakapapa trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Whakapapa. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Paihia.

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
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

2
nights
Paihia

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, then take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

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Getting from Whakapapa to Paihia by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Haruru Falls ©
Haruru Falls

1
night
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Paihia to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Tours Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

1
night
Auckland

Auckland ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): meet the residents at Auckland Zoo and then explore the activities along Devonport. On the next day, examine the collection at Auckland Museum, look for gifts at Pauanesia, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland holiday builder site .

Getting from Queenstown to Auckland by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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