15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand vacation maker

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Fly to Hokitika, Bus to Fox Glacier
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 1 night
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night

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Fox Glacier

— 3 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Step out of Fox Glacier to go to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) and see Hooker Valley Track, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach, trek along Mount Fox Route, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier itinerary planning website.

Auckland to Fox Glacier is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:

Queenstown

— 3 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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Wellington holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October in Wellington, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Transportation
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:

Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the 1st (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves itinerary planner.

Getting from Wellington to Waitomo Caves by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 1:

Taupo

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Taupo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

Rotorua

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip maker.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:

Paihia

— 1 night
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.
On the 6th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then tee off at Waitangi Golf Club.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia attractions planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Paihia by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Golf

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:

Auckland

— 1 night

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 7th (Sun), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, examine the collection at Auckland Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Wineries · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:

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.