15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Queenstown International Airport, Drive to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Fly
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Te Anau

— 2 nights
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 14th (Fri), trek along The Chasm Walk and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip builder website.

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Te Anau is an approximately 26.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto Alegre to Te Anau is 15 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

Queenstown

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): race across the water with a speed boat tour, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Kiwi Birdlife Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planning tool.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

Paihia

— 2 nights
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 18th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paihia Harbour. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then get in on the family fun at Action World.

For more things to do and more tourist information, use the Paihia trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Paihia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

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 20th (Thu): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Paihia to Auckland by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours · Wineries · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:

Rotorua

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner.

You can fly from Auckland to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in January, you will find days in Rotorua are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are little chillier (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

Taupo

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): examine the collection at Taupo Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Huka Prawn Park, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo trip planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:

Tongariro National Park

— 1 night
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 25th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:
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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.
On the 26th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Plan my day in Wellington using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January in Wellington, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:

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.