15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  8 h
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Auckland
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
5
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
6
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get great views at Opua Forest Lookout Track, admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church, and admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia day trip website.

Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Paihia is 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Kerikeri
Highlights from your plan
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): meet the residents at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

Discover how to plan a Auckland trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In June in Auckland, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Huka Prawn Park and Huka Honey Hive. Venture out of the city with trips to Ridge Track (in Whakapapa), Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Zipline, &more) and Tongariro Alpine Crossing (in Tongariro National Park). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Auckland to Taupo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Rotorua, Tongariro National Park
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Huka Honey Hive ©
Huka Honey Hive

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wellington Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Wellington trip itinerary site.

Getting from Taupo to Wellington by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 5th (Sun), see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre, get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Christchurch Gondola and then take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Christchurch vacation builder site.

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Christchurch when traveling from Wellington in July, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

4
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.
Explore Queenstown's surroundings by going to Milford Sound (in Te Anau), Kawarau Suspension Bridge (in Gibbston) and Milford Foreshore Walk (in Milford). There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, trek along Lake Alta Track, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Christchurch to Queenstown takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Milford Sound, Kawarau Suspension Bridge, Milford Foreshore Walk
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Queenstown Ice Arena ©
Queenstown Ice Arena
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound

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