15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
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Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly
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Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
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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.
On the 1st (Mon), examine the collection at New Zealand Maritime Museum and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to SkyTower, then explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and then kick back and relax at Piha Beach.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Auckland trip itinerary site.

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Auckland is 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in March, you will find days in Auckland are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rotorua

— 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Government Gardens and Te Puia. Get outdoors at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Blue Lake Track. Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Papamoa Beach (in Papamoa) and Mount Maunganui (Pilot Bay & Mount Maunganui Base Track). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, make a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and wander the streets of Eat Street.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rotorua route planner.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in March, expect nights in Rotorua to be a bit cooler, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Taupo

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): push the limits with an extreme tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, then look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, then don't miss a visit to Aratiatia Rapids, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Taupo road trip app.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, contemplate the long history of Old St Paul's, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oriental Bay, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Wellington journey maker.

Getting from Taupo to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Beaches · Nature · Parks

Christchurch

— 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 10th (Wed), learn about all things military at Air Force Museum of New Zealand, then let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, then see the interesting displays at Quake City, and finally don't miss a visit to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Christchurch online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in March, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Dunedin

— 2 nights

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
On the 11th (Thu), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Speight’s Brewery, then see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, then stroll through Tunnel Beach Track, and finally tour in style with a train tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Penguin Place, then get curious at Otago Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Dunedin road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Dunedin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Tours

Queenstown

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Arrowtown Village and Queenstown Hill. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Skydiving. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ben Lomond Track, take an exotic tour of Nomad Safaris, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Dunedin to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side 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.