15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  50​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
2
Waitomo Caves
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hinuera
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
4
Rotorua
— 2 nights
5
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Queenstown
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
7
Wanaka
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
8
Makarora
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
9
Franz Josef
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Hokitika
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Punakaiki
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Castle Hill
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
13
Lake Tekapo
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
14
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
15
Omarama
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
16
Moeraki
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
17
Dunedin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
18
Kaka Point
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
19
Manapouri
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
20
Te Anau
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
21
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
22
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

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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.
On the 30th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower and then admire all the interesting features of Viaduct Harbour.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Auckland trip planning site .

Mumbai, India to Auckland is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Auckland is 6 hours. Traveling from Mumbai in April, you will find days in Auckland are cooler (22°C), and nights are slightly colder (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Viaduct Harbour ©
Viaduct Harbour

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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.
For photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Waitomo Caves takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Hinuera.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature Parks
Find places to stay May 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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hours
Hinuera

Hinuera ©
Hinuera's claim to fame is Hobbiton, the setting for the shires in the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies by New Zealand director Peter Jackson.
Hobbiton Movie Set has been added to your itinerary.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hinuera driving holiday planner .

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Hinuera in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hinuera can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.
Find places to stay May 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia and Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Hinuera to Rotorua in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Te Puia ©
Te Puia
Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool ©
Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool

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night
Auckland

Auckland ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's as well as Auckland City Tours. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): gain interesting insight with Auckland City Tours and then enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Auckland online vacation planner .

Getting from Rotorua to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Rotorua in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Auckland, with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Nightlife Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Auckland City Tours ©
Auckland City Tours

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Queenstown

Queenstown
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner .

Fly from Auckland to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. You will leave for Wanaka on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

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Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Puzzling World as well as Lake Wanaka.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka trip itinerary maker tool .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Wanaka in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Makarora.

Things to do in Wanaka

Fun & Games Nature Parks
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Puzzling World ©
Puzzling World
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka

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Makarora

Makarora
Makarora is a small community within the Queenstown-Lakes District of the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand.It is situated on State Highway 6 on the eastern side of the Haast Pass and adjacent to the Makarora River.Local tourism operators offer scenic plane flights and jetboating tours on the Makarora River, which is the border of the Mount Aspiring National Park. To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Makarora trip itinerary maker website .

Explore your travel options from Wanaka to Makarora with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Makarora

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Blue Pools Track
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

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Franz Josef

Franz Josef ©
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Franz Josef Glacier.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Franz Josef trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Makarora to Franz Josef takes 3 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for Hokitika.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Nature Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

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Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hokitika Gorge Walk.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hokitika planning site .

Traveling by car from Franz Josef to Hokitika takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Punakaiki.

Things to do in Hokitika

Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk

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Punakaiki

Punakaiki ©
Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Punakaiki tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hokitika to Punakaiki in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Castle Hill.

Things to do in Punakaiki

Nature Trails Outdoors
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©

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night
Castle Hill

Castle Hill
For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Castle Hill tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Punakaiki to Castle Hill in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Castle Hill

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

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Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
High Country Salmon has been added to your itinerary.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Lake Tekapo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Castle Hill to Lake Tekapo in 3.5 hours. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

High Country Salmon
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Church of the Good Shepherd ©
Church of the Good Shepherd
High Country Salmon ©
High Country Salmon

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Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): hike along Hooker Valley Track.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mt. Cook Village tour planner.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Mt. Cook Village by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Omarama.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hooker Valley Track
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

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Omarama

Omarama ©
Omarama is a small township at the junction of State Highways 8 and 83, near the southern end of the Mackenzie Basin, in the South Island of New Zealand. To plan Omarama vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Omarama in an hour. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Moeraki.

Things to do in Omarama

Shopping
Find places to stay May 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
The Wrinkly Rams ©
The Wrinkly Rams
Clay Cliff ©
Clay Cliff

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Moeraki

Moeraki ©
Moeraki is a small fishing village on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Moeraki vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Omarama to Moeraki takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Moeraki

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Katiki Point Lighthouse ©
Katiki Point Lighthouse

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Dunedin

Dunedin ©
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
You've now added Tunnel Beach Track to your itinerary.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Dunedin trip planning site .

You can drive from Moeraki to Dunedin in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kaka Point.

Things to do in Dunedin

Trails Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay May 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Tunnel Beach Track ©
Tunnel Beach Track

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Kaka Point

Kaka Point ©
Kaka Point is a small settlement at the northern edge of The Catlins, an area of the southern South Island of New Zealand. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cathedral Caves Walk as well as Nugget Point Lighthouse.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kaka Point vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Dunedin to Kaka Point in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Manapouri.

Things to do in Kaka Point

Nature Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Nugget Point Lighthouse, Cathedral Caves Walk
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Caves Walk ©
Cathedral Caves Walk
Nugget Point Lighthouse ©
Nugget Point Lighthouse

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Manapouri

Manapouri
Manapouri is a small town in Southland / Fiordland, in the southwest corner of the South Island, in New Zealand. To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Manapouri trip planner.

You can drive from Kaka Point to Manapouri in 3 hours. You'll set off for Te Anau on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Manapouri

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:

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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 Milford Sound to your itinerary.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Te Anau trip maker website .

Explore your travel options from Manapouri to Te Anau with the Route module. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature Parks
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

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Queenstown

Your day-by-day itinerary now includes AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand as well as Shotover Jet. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get some thrills on the water with Shotover Jet.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Queenstown online tour planner .

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Shotover Jet ©
Shotover Jet
Queenstown Mall ©
Queenstown Mall

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Auckland

Auckland
To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Auckland itinerary builder website .

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. You will leave for home on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:

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