15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
— 1 day
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
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Taupo
— 4 nights
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Christchurch
— 1 night
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Auckland — 1 day

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.
On the 15th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland tour planner.

Bengaluru, India to Auckland is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bengaluru to Auckland is 6.5 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Bengaluru in October: highs in Auckland hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Rotorua.
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, hike along Okere Falls Track, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and take in the dramatic natural features at Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in October: highs in Rotorua hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.
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Taupo — 4 nights

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.
Explore Taupo's surroundings by going to Waitomo Caves (Ruakuri Cave, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Taupo online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Wellington.
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Wellington — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Wellington travel route tool.

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Wellington sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly to Queenstown.
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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.
Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Te Anau (The Chasm Walk & Milford Sound). There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, admire the natural beauty at Queenstown Gardens, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Park.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to fly to Christchurch.
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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.
On the 28th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Christchurch tour builder website.

Fly from Queenstown to Christchurch in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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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.
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