15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Paihia
— 1 night
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
4
Taupo
— 3 nights
5
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights

2
nights
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 4th (Tue): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, thenstop by Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden and then meet the residents at Auckland Zoo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Auckland travel route planner.

London, UK to Auckland is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from London to Auckland, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Auckland. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

1
night
Paihia

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 6th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then get a bird's-eye view with Skydive Bay of Islands.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paihia trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
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.
On the 7th (Fri), witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, thentake a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally make a trip to Amokura Glass. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, thendelve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rotorua trip planner.

Getting from Paihia to Rotorua by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Rotorua sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive 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
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

3
nights
Taupo

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Huka Falls Walkway, admire the natural beauty at Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Taupo

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

2
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): hike along Glencoe Walk, trek along Hooker Valley Track, and then head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, thentake an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, thentake a memorable tour with Skydive Fox Glacier, and finally go for a walk through Hapuka Estuary Walk.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) road trip planner.

Getting from Taupo to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

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

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier, Hapuka Estuary Walk
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Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

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 14th (Fri), do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, thentake a memorable tour with Tours, thenget interesting insight from Tours, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thenidentify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown trip maker app.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

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