15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Napier
— 2 nights
4
Wellington
— 2 nights
ferry:  5​h
5
Picton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Nelson
— 1 night
7
Hokitika
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Haast
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Invercargill
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
11
Dunedin
— 1 day
End: Dunedin

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.
On the 4th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Orewa Beach, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Orewa – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Manukau Heads Lighthouse and then head off the coast to Rotoroa Island.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary site .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In April, daytime highs in Auckland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Orewa, Rotoroa Island
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:
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Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Manukau Heads Lighthouse ©
Manukau Heads Lighthouse

1
night
Rotorua

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.
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Rotorua trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in April, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Rotorua. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Historic Sites
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St. Faith's Anglican Church ©
St. Faith's Anglican Church

2
nights
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ahuriri Estuary Walk and Gannet Colony. Take a break from the city and head to Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk and Shine Falls. Step out of Napier to go to Hastings and see Alpha Domus Ltd., which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Moana Park Winery, admire the striking features of Daily Telegraph Builing, see the interesting displays at Faraday Centre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Waiapu Anglican Cathedral, Napier, New Zealand.

For reviews and more tourist information, use the Napier travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Napier in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Wineries Trails

Side Trips

Askerne Vineyards, Alpha Domus Ltd., Gannet Colony, Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:
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Shine Falls ©
Shine Falls
Moana Park Winery ©
Moana Park Winery
Gannet Colony ©
Gannet Colony

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then learn about all things military at National War Memorial, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Mary of the Angels.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Wellington trip planner.

You can fly from Napier to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Wellington, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. You will leave for Picton on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Wellington

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial
Saint Mary of the Angels ©
Saint Mary of the Angels

1
night
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Edwin Fox Maritime Museum and then see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Picton holiday builder app .

Getting from Wellington to Picton by car takes about 3.5 hours. In April in Picton, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nelson.

Things to do in Picton

Outdoors Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Renwick
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:
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Sounds Air ©
Sounds Air
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum ©
Edwin Fox Maritime Museum
Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
Nelson

Nelson ©
Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, head outdoors with SUPSTAR, and then learn about winemaking at Rimu Grove Winery.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nelson online tour planner .

You can drive from Picton to Nelson in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hokitika.

Things to do in Nelson

Wineries Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Rimu Grove Winery
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Rimu Grove Winery ©
Rimu Grove Winery
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral

1
night
Hokitika

Hokitika ©
Hokitika is a township in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, 40km south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. On the 14th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Shantytown Heritage Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Hokitika Gorge Walk, and then identify plant and animal life at Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Hokitika online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Nelson to Hokitika takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Haast.

Things to do in Hokitika

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shantytown Heritage Park
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk
Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe ©
Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe
Shantytown Heritage Park ©
Shantytown Heritage Park

1
night
Haast

Haast ©
Haast is an area in the Westland District territorial authority on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Haast day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hokitika to Haast takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Haast

Beaches Parks Trails
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Ship Creek Walks ©
Ship Creek Walks
Knights Point Lookout ©
Knights Point Lookout

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.
To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Te Anau vacation planner .

Explore your travel options from Haast to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Invercargill.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Mirror Lakes Walk
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Mirror Lakes Walk ©
Mirror Lakes Walk
Te Anau Glowworm Caves ©
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum ©

1
night
Invercargill

Invercargill ©
Invercargill is the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, and one of the southernmost cities in the world. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, steep yourself in history at Demolition World, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Invercargill online trip maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Invercargill. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Invercargill

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Demolition World ©
Demolition World
St. Mary's Basilica ©
St. Mary's Basilica

1
day
Dunedin

Dunedin ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Church of Otago, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at St Clair Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dunedin trip maker .

Traveling by car from Invercargill to Dunedin takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral

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