15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h
7
Paihia
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
On the 3rd (Thu), hike the day away at Routeburn Track. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, trek along Lake Gunn, stop by Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau journey builder tool .

Sydney, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Te Anau is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Routeburn Track ©
Routeburn Track
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

3
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, spas, parks, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and do a tasting at Peregrine Wines.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown driving holiday planner .

Take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Speed Boats Tours
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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 8th (Tue), take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

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You can fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Huka Falls tracks, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, & more). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and admire all the interesting features of Te Puia.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua driving holiday app .

Getting from Wellington to Rotorua by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Rotorua are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Auckland Central.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Auckland Central online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland Central takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

2
nights
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.
On the 14th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Paihia day trip site .

Getting from Auckland Central to Paihia by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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