15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Luxembourg City
Fly + Drive:  34​h
1
Russell
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Te Anau
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  36​h
End: Luxembourg City

1
night
Russell

Russell ©
Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stop by Blue River Orchard, stop by The Old Packhouse Market, then take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally look for gifts at South Sea Art. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Newport Chocolates, then enjoy the sand and surf at Oneroa Bay, and then stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Russell road trip planner.

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg to Russell is an approximately 34-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 11 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Russell

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Paihia
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Oneroa Bay ©
Oneroa Bay
The Old Packhouse Market ©
The Old Packhouse Market

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along The Chasm Walk and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Te Anau attractions app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Russell to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk

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.
On the 30th (Thu), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, stop by The Barn, then take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, then look for gifts at In The Pink Flower Company, and finally look for gifts at The Remarkable Sweetshop - Queenstown. On the next day, stroll through The Remarkables Ski Area and then stop by The Bead Shop.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown holiday planner .

You can drive from Te Anau to Queenstown in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Winter Sports Outdoors Nature
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The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Silver Fern Gallery ©
Silver Fern Gallery

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 1st (Sat), get great views at Wellington Cable Car, then take a stroll through Cuba Street District, then stop by The Weta Cave, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Wellington trip planner .

Fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. August in Wellington sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Classes Tours Shopping
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Cuba Street ©
Cuba Street

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at L'Arte, then shop like a local with Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, then look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls tracks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Kinloch Beach, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, then admire the natural beauty at Lava Glass, and finally take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Taupo trip builder tool .

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get a sense of the local culture at Horsemtrails and Tongariro Northern Circuit. Take a break from the city and head to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tawhai Falls. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park travel website .

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

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

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