15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Queenstown
— 5 nights
Fly
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Blenheim
— 2 nights
Fly
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Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly to Auckland, Ferry to Waiheke Island
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Waiheke Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Downtown Ferry Terminal Pier 2, Fly to Brisbane

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Queenstown

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Beer Tastings & Tours and Queenstown Hill. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Chard Farm Winery. On the 6th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. There's much more to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Barn, and have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown holiday site.

Brisbane, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can fly to Blenheim.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Blenheim

— 2 nights
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
On the 11th (Sun), learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and then do a tasting at Villa Maria Estate Marlborough Winery.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Blenheim itinerary site.

You can fly from Queenstown to Blenheim in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Blenheim can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Blenheim

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums

Wellington

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Old St Paul's, then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Wellington online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Blenheim to Wellington takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in July, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to fly to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Tongariro National Park

— 2 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 15th (Thu), hit the slopes at Turoa Ski Area. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park online day trip planner.

Getting from Wellington to Tongariro National Park by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

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.
On the 17th (Sat), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Eat Street and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Rotorua trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. July in Rotorua sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Neighborhoods

Waiheke Island

— 1 night

Island of Wine

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
On the 19th (Mon), savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For reviews and other tourist information, read Waiheke Island trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Rotorua to Waiheke Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July in Waiheke Island, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries · Tours
Highlights from your trip

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.