15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Dunedin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lake Tekapo
— 7 nights
Drive to Christchurch International Airport, Fly to Brisbane International Airport

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Dunedin

— 3 nights

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.
Dunedin is known for wildlife, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: engage your brain at Otago Museum, admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden, identify plant and animal life at The Royal Albatross Centre, and view the masterpieces at Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dunedin holiday maker app.

Brisbane, Australia to Dunedin is an approximately 8-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Dunedin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

Queenstown

— 4 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.
On the 6th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. On the 8th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Queenstown road trip planning tool.

Getting from Dunedin to Queenstown by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 8:

Lake Tekapo

— 7 nights
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lake Tekapo: Geraldine (The Giant Jersey & Geraldine Observatory), New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm (in Pukaki) and Twizel (High Country Salmon, Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop, &more). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Tekapo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Good Shepherd, relax in the rural setting at Gem Alpaca Stud, and stroll through Caroline Bay Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 15:

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.