15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Queenstown
— 4 nights
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
3
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
5
Auckland
— 1 night

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to UnderDog Sled Dog Tours (in Cardrona) and Old Fashioned Costume Photography (in Arrowtown). On the 17th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip builder tool.

London, UK to Queenstown is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 12 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Winter Sports

Side Trips

UnderDog Sled Dog Tours, Old Fashioned Costume Photography
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Spas

3
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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Milford Sound--about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mitre Peak, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, explore the activities along Milford Sound, and stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Te Anau journey maker tool.

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Boat Tours & Water Sports, Mitre Peak
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Mitre Peak ©
Mitre Peak
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

2
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
On the 24th (Mon), trek along Glencoe Walk, thenfly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman, thentake a memorable tour with Tasman Valley 4WD Tours, and finally appreciate the history behind Mount Cook Alpine Memorial. Keep things going the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, push the limits with Skydive Fox Glacier, and then hike along Minnehaha Walk.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) road trip planning tool.

Getting from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) by bus takes about 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
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Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Helicopter Tours

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, thenstroll through Huka Falls Walkway, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, stop by Huka Honey Hive, thentake in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and finally make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Taupo takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

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 28th (Fri): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, thenstop by Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To find out how to plan a trip to Auckland, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Wineries Tours
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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