15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip itinerary maker

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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Taupo
— 1 night
Fly
4
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly
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Christchurch
— 1 night
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Dunedin
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Auckland

— 2 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sculptureum and Tiritiri Matangi Visitor Centre. There's more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland road trip planning website.

Hobart, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hobart to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hobart in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

Rotorua

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Government Gardens and Te Puia. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Mount Maunganui (Mount Maunganui Base Track & Mt Maunganui Main Beach). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in November, Rotorua is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, then stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Before you visit Taupo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:

Wellington

— 2 nights

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 8th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and then get a dose of the wild on Kapiti Island Nature Tours. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Wellington trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Wellington are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to fly to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:

Christchurch

— 1 night

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 10th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, then examine the collection at Quake City, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Christchurch road trip planner.

Fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in November, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to fly to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 10:

Dunedin

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula, examine the collection at The Dunedin Museum of Natural Mystery, and then examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.

Before you visit Dunedin, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Dunedin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:

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.
Visiting Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Queenstown Hill and Wanaka. Step out of Queenstown to go to Wanaka and see Lake Wanaka, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, get to know the fascinating history of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Queenstown day trip website.

You can drive from Dunedin to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 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.