15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
3
Paihia
— 3 nights
4
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
6
Rotorua
— 2 nights

3
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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Visiting Gillespies Beach and Skydive Fox Glacier will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Monro Beach and Ship Creek Walks. Step out of Fox Glacier to go to Franz Josef and see Franz Josef Glacier, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk, have fun at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting, trek along Moraine Walk, and get outside with Bruce Bay.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier trip planner.

Auckland to Fox Glacier is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Franz Josef, Monro Beach, Bruce Bay, Ship Creek Walks
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Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Take a break from the city and head to The Remarkables Ski Area and Boat Tours & Water Sports. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronet Peak, push the limits with an extreme tour, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Queenstown planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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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.
Visiting Oneroa Bay and Paroa Bay Winery- Villa Accommodation. will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take an unforgettable tour with Salt Air, cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Bay of Islands, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paihia trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Queenstown to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Russell
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Salt Air ©
Salt Air
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands

1
night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 8th (Thu), contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt, then capture your vacation like a pro with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, and finally trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Tongariro National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Te Porere Redoubt ©
Te Porere Redoubt
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 9th (Fri), take a memorable tour with Tours, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, stop by Huka Honey Hive, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Taupo travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Nature
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Okareka Walkway, trot along with a tour on horseback, then look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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