15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paihia
— 2 nights
2
Auckland
— 1 night
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
5
Wellington
— 1 night
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
7
Te Anau
— 2 nights

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, thentake a memorable tour with Tours, and then contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, thenlook for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, thenget in on the family fun at Action World, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Paihia road trip website.

New Delhi, India to Paihia is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 6.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

KeriKeri New Zealand
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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 6th (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, thenstop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland sightseeing planner.

Drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January in Auckland, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, thenhike along Tikitapu Nature Walk, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, thencontemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, thenidentify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua online route builder.

Drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in January: highs in Rotorua hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Horseback Riding Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline

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Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 9th (Sat), look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, thenexamine the collection at Taupo Museum, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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 11th (Mon), ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, thentake a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington journey planner.

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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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.
On the 12th (Tue), take a memorable tour with Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenpush the limits with an extreme tour, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, thensee Off-Road Tours, and finally contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Zipline

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound. On the next day, get interesting insight from Tours and then explore the activities along Milford Sound.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Te Anau itinerary maker app.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Boat Tours & Water Sports
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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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