15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Drive:  3​h
1
Paihia
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
5
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 45​min
End: Auckland

1
night
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 2nd (Tue): explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at South Sea Art, look for gifts at Newport Chocolates, then look for gifts at The Cabbage Tree Shop, and finally get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Paihia trip simple and quick.

Auckland Central to Paihia is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Russell
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
The Cabbage Tree Shop ©
The Cabbage Tree Shop

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Doubtful Sound and The Chasm Walk. Bring the kids along to Fishing Charters & Tours and Ivan Wilson Park. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound and look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Te Anau travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Paihia to Te Anau takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

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

4
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.
Visiting The Remarkables Ski Area and Kiwi Birdlife Park will get you outdoors. Head to The Barn and Silver Fern Galleryfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get interesting insight from Tours, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown trip planner.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, then take a stroll through Cuba Street District, then see the interesting displays at The Weta Cave, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Wellington day trip site .

You can 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. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Tours Classes Neighborhoods
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Weta Workshop ©
Weta Workshop

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Escape the urban bustle at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Te Porere Redoubt. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Horsemtrails and Tawhai Falls. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls and hike along Tongariro Northern Circuit.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Wellington to Tongariro National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

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

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 15th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Huka Falls tracks, then look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, then play a few rounds at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, and finally view the masterpieces at L'Arte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, then stop by Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and finally take in the natural beauty of Lady Knox Geyser.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Shopping Golf

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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