15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Fly
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
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Queenstown

— 3 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.
On the 21st (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, stroll through Kiwi Birdlife Park, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 22:

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 3 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu): Fox Glacier (Lake Matheson Walk, Helicopter Tours, &more).

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Queenstown to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Taupo.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 22 — 25:

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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: push the limits with an extreme tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, and let little ones run wild at Huka Prawn Park.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Taupo online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Taupo in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 28:

Rotorua

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Rotorua to Hinuera to see Hobbiton Movie Set about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rotorua travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 2:

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): examine the collection at Auckland Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland road trip planner.

You can fly from Rotorua to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Rotorua, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 3:

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.