15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
4
Rotorua
— 4 nights

3
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arrowtown Village and Queenstown Hill. Get in touch with nature at Off-Road Tours and Ben Lomond Track. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown tour itinerary planning tool.

Calgary, Canada to Queenstown is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 19 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Off-Road Tours
Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill

3
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.
Visit Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Salt Air and Rainbow Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Russell (Pompallier Mission and Printery & Tapeka Point Track). There's lots more to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours, trek along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paihia driving holiday planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Paihia by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell
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Salt Air ©
Salt Air
Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours ©
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then look for all kinds of wild species at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then admire the sheer force of Marakopa Falls, then Head underground at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, and finally get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

Find out how to plan Waitomo Caves trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

4
nights
Rotorua

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 discover tucked-away gems like Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Government Gardens and Te Puia. Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Maori Rock Carvings). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rotorua sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

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