15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Auckland
— 1 night
2
Papamoa
— 2 nights
3
Taupo
— 3 nights
4
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
5
Wellington
— 3 nights
6
Hamilton
— 2 nights

1
night
Auckland

Auckland
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.
To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary builder app.

Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Auckland is 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Auckland, with lows of °C. You will leave for Papamoa on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Parks

2
nights
Papamoa

Papamoa
Papamoa Beach is a suburb of Tauranga, located about 11 kilometres from the city centre. To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Papamoa road trip planning site.

Getting from Auckland to Papamoa by car takes about 3 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Papamoa when traveling from Auckland in August, with lows around °C. You'll set off for Taupo on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Papamoa

Parks Outdoors Tours

3
nights
Taupo

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 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, thenget in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Taupo trip planning app.

Getting from Papamoa to Taupo by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Tours Nature
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Craters of the Moon ©
Craters of the Moon
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, fly down the slopes at Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu, and then pause for some photo ops at Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, thentrek along Ridge Track, thentrek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and finally trek along Silica Rapids Track.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park road trip planner.

Drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Tangiwai Rail Disaster Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu ©
Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Silica Rapids Track ©
Silica Rapids Track

3
nights
Wellington

Wellington
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.
Wellington is known for museums, wildlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, and admire the striking features of Old St Paul's.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September in Wellington, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo

2
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 8th (Tue), get to know the resident critters at Hamilton Zoo, thenwalk around Hamilton Lake Domain, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, thentake an in-depth tour of Cambridge Museum, thenmake a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hamilton trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Hamilton takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cambridge Museum, Helicopter Tours, Hobbiton Movie Set
Highlights from your plan
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum

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