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
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
3
Te Anau
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive:  46​h
End: Perth

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Auckland travel website .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In November, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nightlife
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 4th (Mon), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Volcanic Activity Centre, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then get in on the family fun at Mind Junction, then look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo online trip builder .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Auckland to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Mind Junction ©
Mind Junction
Volcanic Activity Centre ©
Volcanic Activity Centre

1
night
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.
You've now added Lake Te Anau to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Trout Observatory, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and then explore the activities along Lake Te Anau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): trek along The Chasm Walk, explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then stroll through Lake Gunn.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau tour itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Taupo to Te Anau in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Coronet Peak. Bring the kids along to Queenstown Ice Arena and Queenstown Underwater Observatory. When in Queenstown, make a side trip to see Milford Sound in Te Anau, approximately 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Garden, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary maker tool .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Milford Sound
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 11:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Queenstown Ice Arena ©
Queenstown Ice Arena
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

3
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then stroll through Hooker Valley Track. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, trek along Moraine Walk, and then take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fox Glacier planning site .

Drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Hooker Valley Track
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier

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