15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Auckland
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h
2
Paihia
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
7
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Perth

1
day
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Auckland road trip planning website.

Perth, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Perth to Auckland. While traveling from Perth, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Nightlife Zoos & Aquariums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then make a trip to KeriKeri New Zealand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, and finally identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia online trip maker.

Drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

KeriKeri New Zealand
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Sat), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and finally don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo journey planning app.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Wellington planner.

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Transportation Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, and get interesting insight from Tours.

Plan my day in Queenstown using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Boat Tours & Water Sports

4
nights
Te Anau

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.
Explore Te Anau's surroundings by going to Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Milford Sound). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, trek along Hollyford Track, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and stroll through Lake Gunn.

Plan trip to Te Anau with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk, Boat Tours & Water Sports
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

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