15 days in New Zealand & Melbourne Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand & Melbourne Itinerary

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Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 3 nights
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 1 night
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Dunedin, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
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Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights

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Paihia, New Zealand

— 2 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Rainbow Falls and Paihia Harbour. The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station and Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Russell (Christ Church & Pompallier Mission and Printery). There's more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

Make your Paihia itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Melbourne, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Rotorua, New Zealand

— 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Eat Street and River Rafting & Tubing. Your inner history buff will appreciate Government Gardens and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. The adventure continues: stroll through Blue Lake Track, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Rotorua takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

— 1 night
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 22nd (Mon): take in the local highlights with Glowing Adventures, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and then trek along Ruakuri Walk.

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Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Dunedin, New Zealand

— 2 nights

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): engage your brain at Otago Museum, then tour in style with a train tour, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Speight’s Brewery. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Tunnel Beach Track, browse the exhibits of Dunedin Public Art Gallery, then make a trip to The World's Steepest Street, then admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Penguin Place.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Dunedin day trip planning site.

You can fly from Waitomo Caves to Dunedin in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours

Queenstown, New Zealand

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get outside with Arrowtown Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ben Lomond Track, then trek along Queenstown Hill, and finally tour the depths of the sea with Hydro Attack. Here are some ideas for day two: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, get engrossed in the history at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Melbourne, Australia

— 4 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Melbourne Town Hall and St. Patrick's Cathedral. For shopping fun, head to Collins St/Swanston St or Art Gallery of Ballarat. Change things up with these side-trips from Melbourne: Brighton Beach (in Brighton) and Ballarat (Lydiard Street & Ballarat Wildlife Park). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at ArtVo, make a trip to Southbank, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Paul's Cathedral, and admire all the interesting features of Royal Exhibition Building.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Melbourne day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Queenstown to Melbourne. In March, daytime highs in Melbourne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
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.