15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
3
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 45​min
6
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument, trek along The Chasm Walk, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip itinerary builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Te Anau is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

3
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 19th (Sun), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable tour with Tours, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Queenstown holiday planning site .

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
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 21st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and finally see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Christchurch attractions planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

1
night
Wellington

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get great views at Wellington Cable Car, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then get to know the resident critters at Wellington Zoo, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Wellington, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
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 23rd (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park, then walk around Huka Prawn Park, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On your second day here, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, get in on the family fun at Mind Junction, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Taupo

Theme Parks Parks Tours

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Mind Junction ©
Mind Junction
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): examine the collection at Auckland Museum, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's, and then make a trip to Sky Tower.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland day trip site .

Getting from Taupo to Auckland by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Nightlife
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

3
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Action World and Adventure Forest. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, trek along Nancy Fladgate Track, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paihia day trip planning site .

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Adventure Forest, Nancy Fladgate Track
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Adventure Forest ©
Adventure Forest
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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