15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly + Drive:  23 h
1
Hamilton
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
2
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
4
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h 15 min
7
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  23 h 45 min
End: Durham

1
day
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): examine the collection at Waikato Museum and then walk around Hamilton Gardens.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hamilton driving holiday planner.

Durham, USA to Hamilton is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Durham to Hamilton. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Museums
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Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum

2
nights
Taupo

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 8th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, stroll around Huka Prawn Park, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, trek along Huka Falls Walkway, then don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Taupo trip planner.

Drive from Hamilton to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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 10th (Thu), get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Wellington route builder tool.

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. March in Wellington sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 11th (Fri), go from sight to sight with Christchurch Gondola and then catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

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Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3 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 slightly colder in Christchurch, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

2
nights
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 13th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Vesta Design Boutique, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, then whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Queenstown online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Te Anau: Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Bowen Falls (in Milford Sound). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, stroll through The Chasm Walk, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, and get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Te Anau online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Milford Foreshore Walk, Hollyford Track, Bowen Falls
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. On the next day, do a tasting at Foxes Island, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland road trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Auckland in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In March, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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