15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
3
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Auckland
— 2 nights
Fly

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Queenstown

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Queenstown to Te Anau to see Milford Sound about 1h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Queenstown is an approximately 33-hour flight. Traveling from Ljubljana to Queenstown, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 18:

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. March in Wellington sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Transportation · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 19:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Taupo journey maker website.

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:

Rotorua

— 3 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.
Step out of Rotorua to go to Hinuera and see Hobbiton Movie Set, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, push the limits with an extreme tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rotorua vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Rotorua are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:

Auckland

— 2 nights

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.
On the 26th (Fri), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

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

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in March, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

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.