15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Drive
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Paihia
— 1 night
Fly
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus
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Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Hamilton
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Rotorua
— 4 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): steep yourself in history at KeriKeri New Zealand, then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, look for all kinds of wild species at The Parrot Place, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Paihia visit website.

Auckland to Paihia is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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3
nights
Queenstown

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arrowtown Village and Skydiving. Get outdoors at Queenstown Hill and Mount Iron Track. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Wanaka (Rippon Vineyard & Parasailing & Paragliding). There's still lots to do: trek along Ben Lomond Track, identify plant and animal life at Nomad Safaris, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip planner.

You can fly from Paihia to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

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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.
On the 14th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Milford sound Hwy and then hike along The Chasm Walk.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, then Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Ruakuri Walk, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Marakopa Falls, and finally snap pictures at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Waitomo Caves takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
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2
nights
Taupo

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.
On the 18th (Mon), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore the activities along Lake Taupo, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Taupo driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Taupo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Rotorua

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Horseback Riding Tours. Relax by the water at Pilot Bay and Papamoa Beach. Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to Mount Maunganui Base Track in Mount Maunganui, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, hike along Blue Lake Track, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Rotorua online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.