15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Adelaide
Fly + Bus:  11 h 45 min
1
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
4
Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Adelaide

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Milford Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, trek along Lake Gunn, and identify plant and animal life at Ivan Wilson Park.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau online holiday planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 12- hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Te Anau. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Bowen Falls
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Gertrude Saddle ©
Gertrude Saddle
Lake Gunn ©
Lake Gunn

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: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Wellington trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. July in Wellington sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Historic Sites Transportation
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 Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

3
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
When in Tongariro National Park, make a side trip to see Southern Lake Taupo Adventure Mini Golf in Turangi, approximately Turangi away. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, stroll through Rotopounamu Track, go for a walk through Mead's Wall, and hike along Ridge Track.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Wellington to Tongariro National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Southern Lake Taupo Adventure Mini Golf
Highlights from your plan
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Rotopounamu Track ©
Rotopounamu Track

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, Huka Falls Walkway, &more). Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, steep yourself in history at Te Puia, and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua itinerary planner.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Taupo
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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.
On the 19th (Sun), get impressive views of Mount Eden, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Auckland itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Rotorua in July, expect nights in Auckland to be a bit warmer, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

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