15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Auckland, Bus to Rotorua
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bristol

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Rotorua

— 3 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, push the limits with an extreme tour, and steep yourself in history at Te Puia.

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Bristol, UK to Rotorua is an approximately 32-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Bristol to Rotorua due to the time zone difference. In April in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 5:

Taupo

— 3 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Step out of Taupo with an excursion to Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Taupo online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 8:

Wellington

— 1 night

Harbour Capital

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 9th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington trip planner.

Getting from Taupo to Wellington by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Transportation · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:

Queenstown

— 4 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Te Anau (The Chasm Walk & Milford Sound). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, push the limits with an extreme tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Wakatipu.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown tour itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 13:

Auckland

— 1 night

City of Sails

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 14th (Fri): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Queenstown to Auckland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Tours · Wineries
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.