15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  30 h
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
4
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  30 h
End: London

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Queenstown Hill and Ben Lomond Track. Step out of the city life by going to Coronet Peak and Arrowtown Village. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Wanaka (Puzzling World, Wanaka, &more) and Little Paradise Dream Garden (in Mount Creighton). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, take the plunge with a skydiving experience, and have some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory Queenstown.

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

London, UK to Queenstown is an approximately 30- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Queenstown is 12 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown Village, Little Paradise Dream Garden
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:
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Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

4
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Redwoods Treewalk. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Maunganui Base Track and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Monmouth Redoubt (in Tauranga), Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa) and Great Lake Taupo (in Taupo). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, have some family-friendly fun at OGO Rotorua, don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Rotorua online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Rotorua takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tauranga, Great Lake Taupo, Papamoa Beach, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

1
night
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves
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.
On the 11th (Fri), Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then Head underground at Caveworld.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature Parks
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Paihia Harbour and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get outdoors at Whangarei Falls and Rainbow Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paihia: Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi) and Te Kakano (in Whangarei). And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and learn about all things military at Kawakawa Memorial Library Centre.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paihia road trip tool.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Paihia by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Whangarei, Kawakawa Memorial Library Centre, Tane Mahuta Walk
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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