15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip itinerary planner

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Christchurch
Drive
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Kaikoura
— 1 night
Drive
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Picton
— 1 night
Ferry
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Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
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Taupo
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive
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Matamata
— 1 night
Drive
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hot Water Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Hahei
Drive
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Coromandel
— 1 night
Drive
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Piha
Drive
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Hamilton
— 1 night
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
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Palmerston North
— 1 night
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Christchurch

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Ferrymead Heritage Park and then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch visit planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Christchurch. June in Christchurch sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 2°C at night. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Christchurch

Find places to stay Jun 27 — 28:

Kaikoura

— 1 night
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kaikoura itinerary planner.

You can drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Picton.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 28:

Picton

— 1 night

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): examine the collection at The National Whale Centre.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Picton day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Picton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Picton are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Wellington.

Things to do in Picton

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 28 — 29:
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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.
On the 29th (Tue), catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Wellington tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Picton to Wellington by ferry takes about 4 hours. June in Wellington sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation
Find places to stay Jun 29 — 30:

Taupo

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): stop by Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo online journey planner.

Fly from Wellington to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Nature · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 1:

Rotorua

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours and then contemplate the waterfront views at The Spa at Millennium Hotel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

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You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in July, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Matamata.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 2:

Matamata

— 1 night
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. On the 3rd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Hobbiton Movie Set.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Matamata route planning app.

Getting from Rotorua to Matamata by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in July, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 3:
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Taupo

— 2 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

Here are some ideas for day two: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Taupo journey planner.

Traveling by car from Matamata to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:

Hot Water Beach

— 1 night
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hot Water Beach vacation builder website.

Drive from Taupo to Hot Water Beach in 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Hot Water Beach can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hahei.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Nature · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:
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Hahei

On the 6th (Tue), trek along Cathedral Cove Walk and then stroll through Hahei Beach Walk.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Hahei day trip planning website.

Hahei is just a stone's throw from Hot Water Beach. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Coromandel.

Things to do in Hahei

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:

Coromandel

— 1 night
Coromandel is a town on the Coromandel Harbour, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. On the 7th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Kauri Block Track and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Matarangi Beach.

Start your trip to Coromandel by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Hahei to Coromandel in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Coromandel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:

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.
To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Coromandel to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Coromandel in July, expect nights in Auckland to be a bit warmer, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Piha.
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:
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Piha

On the 8th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Piha Beach and then admire the sheer force of Karekare Falls.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Piha online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Piha takes an hour. July in Piha sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Piha

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:

Hamilton

— 1 night

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 9th (Fri), examine the collection at Classics Museum, admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens, and then see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hamilton road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Piha to Hamilton takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then trek along Ruakuri Walk, and finally head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Palmerston North.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 10:

Palmerston North

— 1 night
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Tweeters and Friends Petshop and Parrot Park, examine the collection at Colyton Clocks, then see the interesting displays at New Zealand Rugby Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Palmerston North online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Palmerston North takes 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Palmerston North

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 11:

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.