15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 3 nights
Drive to Timaru, Fly to Rotorua
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 3 nights
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Queenstown

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, see Off-Road Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Queenstown is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Adventure

Fox Glacier

— 3 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 4th (Wed), kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Across Country Quad Bikes, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, then hike along Moraine Walk, and finally hike along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

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 7th (Sat), take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at Redwoods Treewalk.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Fox Glacier to Rotorua in 11 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours

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 9th (Mon): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, make a splash at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, and then trek along Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, shop like a local with Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Taupo online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Taupo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Theme Parks

Tongariro National Park

— 2 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 11th (Wed), trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, then capture your vacation like a pro with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Taranaki Falls.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park trip itinerary app.

Drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Paihia

— 3 nights
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.
On the 13th (Fri), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Paihia trip maker app.

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Paihia by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.