15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Napier
Drive:  1 h 45 min
1
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Hot Water Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Coromandel
— 1 night
Ferry:  2 h 15 min
5
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Whangarei
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Kerikeri
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
9
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Napier

2
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, &more). Next up on the itinerary: push the limits with an extreme tour, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, and take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo holiday planner.

Napier to Taupo is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and then trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ohakune Old Coach Road and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Whakapapa tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Whakapapa takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach ©
Named after the geothermal springs that supply the coast with pleasantly warm water ideal for swimming and soaking, Hot Water Beach attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
On the 6th (Fri), stop by Moko Artspace and then kick back and relax at Hot Water Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hot Water Beach, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Whakapapa to Hot Water Beach by car takes about 5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Hot Water Beach can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Coromandel.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Moko Artspace ©
Moko Artspace

1
night
Coromandel

Coromandel ©
Coromandel is a town on the Coromandel Harbour, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. On the 7th (Sat), kick back and relax at Matarangi Beach and then grab your bike and head to Coromandel Coastal Walkway.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Coromandel trip planner.

You can drive from Hot Water Beach to Coromandel in 1.5 hours. In March in Coromandel, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Coromandel

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Matarangi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Matarangi Beach ©
Matarangi Beach
Coromandel Coastal Walkway ©
Coromandel Coastal Walkway

2
nights
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 8th (Sun), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then see the interesting displays at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach, step off the mainland to explore Waiheke Island, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Sky Screamer Reverse Bungy.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary maker.

Ride a ferry from Coromandel to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Coromandel in March: highs in Auckland hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Whangarei.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Waiheke Island
Waiheke Island

1
night
Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, then stroll through Bream Head Coast Walks, and then don't miss a visit to Mount Parihaka War Memorial.

To see where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Whangarei trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Auckland to Whangarei in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mount Parihaka War Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve ©
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve
Mount Parihaka War Memorial ©
Mount Parihaka War Memorial

2
nights
Kerikeri

Kerikeri ©
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. On the 11th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, explore and take pictures at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kerikeri road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Whangarei to Kerikeri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Paihia
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 13th (Fri), stop by Giles Chocolatier, go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, then get curious at Puke Ariki, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Pukekura Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the New Plymouth online tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Kerikeri to New Plymouth in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Parks Childrens Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get great views at Mount Victoria, then admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary.

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Traveling by flight from New Plymouth to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Wellington are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

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