15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

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Wellington
— 1 night
Drive
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Hawera
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 day
Drive
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Auckland
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 7 nights
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Wellington Cable Car as well as Cuba Street. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Wellington day trip planning app.

Melbourne, Australia to Wellington is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Hawera.

Things to do in Wellington

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Transportation · Historic Sites

Hawera

— 2 nights
Hawera is the second-largest town in the Taranaki region of New Zealand's North Island, with a population of. Turuturu Mokai has been added to your itinerary.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hawera route planner.

You can drive from Wellington to Hawera in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Taupo

— 1 night

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

You can plan Taupo trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Drive from Hawera to Taupo in 4.5 hours. You will leave for Rotorua on the 24th (Wed).

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Rotorua

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hell's Gate, Rotorua Canopy Tours and Tamaki Maori Village. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): whizz through the canopy at Rotorua Canopy Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Hell's Gate and then get a taste of local nightlife at Tamaki Maori Village.

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

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Wildlife · Nightlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Waitomo Caves

— 1 day
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.
Headfirst Travel - Waitomo Wanderer has been added to your itinerary. On the 26th (Fri), see the top attractions with Headfirst Travel - Waitomo Wanderer.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Tours

Auckland

— 1 night

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.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Auckland driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Queenstown

— 7 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Speed Boats Tours. Explore hidden gems such as The Remarkables Ski Area and Coronet Peak.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Queenstown vacation site.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. You'll set off for home on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

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.