15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 45 min
5
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Bengaluru

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheltenham Beach. Keep things going the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then make a trip to SkyTower.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Auckland trip maker.

Bengaluru, India to Auckland is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Auckland due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Bengaluru in October, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
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 5th (Mon): stop by Paihia Bookshop, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. Here are some ideas for day two: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Haruru Falls, and then tee off at Waitangi Golf Club.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Paihia road trip planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Golf
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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 7th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and finally make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Taupo day trip planning website.

Fly from Paihia to Taupo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
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 9th (Fri), admire the natural beauty 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary and then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Wellington planner.

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. October in Wellington sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Gunn, explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then trek along The Chasm Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, then contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, and then take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner.

Getting from Wellington to Te Anau by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

4
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip maker website.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 16:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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