15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 1 night
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Rotorua
— 1 night
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Christchurch
— 1 night
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 1 night
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Franz Josef
— 1 night
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Wanaka
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Te Anau
— 1 night
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Dunedin
— 1 night

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Auckland

Auckland ©

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 13th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, get a taste of the local shopping with Devonport, and then stroll through Cheltenham Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Auckland trip maker app.

Bengaluru, India to Auckland is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 6.5 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Bengaluru in March: highs in Auckland hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Shopping

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Must see
SkyTower
4.4
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Military Museum
Auckland Museum
4.6

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Rotorua

Rotorua ©

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.
On the 15th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip builder site.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Auckland in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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Wellington

Wellington

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 16th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then get a sense of history and 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 where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Wellington itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Rotorua, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Wellington, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Transportation

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, and finally make a trip to Cardboard Cathedral.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Christchurch, with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
On the 18th (Thu), trek along Kea Point Track, then head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, and then hike along Hooker Valley Track. On the next day, take a tour by water with Glacier Explorers and then see the sky in a new way at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip planner.

You can take a bus from Christchurch to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Franz Josef.

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

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Museums
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Hiking Trail
Hooker Valley Track
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Outdoor Activity
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
4.9
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Hiking Trail
Kea Point Track
4.4

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Franz Josef

Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Franz Josef online holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Franz Josef. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Franz Josef

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Helicopter Tour
Helicopter Tours
4.4

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Wanaka

Wanaka ©
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stroll through Wanaka and then explore the activities along Lake Wanaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): trek along Roys Peak Track.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Wanaka online trip maker.

Getting from Franz Josef to Wanaka by bus takes about 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Water Body
Lake Wanaka
4.9
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Hiking Trail
Roys Peak Track
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Ski Area
Wanaka
4.7

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Queenstown

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 22nd (Mon), push the limits with an extreme tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown attractions site.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Spa
Spas
4.5
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
4.8

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature · Wildlife · Parks
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Must see
Doubtful Sound
4.7

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Dunedin

Dunedin ©

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Larnach Castle & Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and then tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula, then look and learn at Otago Museum, and then make a trip to The World's Steepest Street.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dunedin online holiday maker.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Dunedin in 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums · Nature · Wildlife · Parks
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Specialty Museum
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
4.8
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Science Museum
Otago Museum
4.8

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