15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Auckland
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Russell
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Whakatiwai
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Coromandel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Hot Water Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Taupo
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
8
Piha
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Brisbane

1
day
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.
For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Auckland route maker.

Brisbane, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Auckland due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Brisbane in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sat) before leaving for Russell.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Outdoors Parks

2
nights
Russell

Russell ©
Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. You've now added The Duke of Marlborough Tavern to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): have a few drinks at The Duke of Marlborough Tavern. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Russell, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Auckland to Russell by car takes about 4 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Whakatiwai.

Things to do in Russell

Nightlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Parasailing & Paragliding
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The Duke of Marlborough Tavern ©
The Duke of Marlborough Tavern
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
Whakatiwai

Whakatiwai
To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Whakatiwai online attractions planner.

Drive from Russell to Whakatiwai in 5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 7th (Tue), you're off to Coromandel.

Things to do in Whakatiwai

Parks Outdoors Trails

2
nights
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. Get outdoors at New Chums Beach and Kauri Block Track. When in Coromandel, make a side trip to see The Dunes Golf Resort in Matarangi, approximately Matarangi away. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Rotoroa Island, don't miss a visit to The 309 Road, and get your game on at The Waterworks.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Coromandel road trip app.

Drive from Whakatiwai to Coromandel in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Coromandel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hot Water Beach.

Things to do in Coromandel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rotoroa Island, The Dunes Golf Resort, New Chums Beach
Highlights from your plan
New Chums Beach ©
New Chums Beach
Rotoroa Island ©
Rotoroa Island
Kauri Block Track ©
Kauri Block Track

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.
To find where to stay and more tourist information, read our Hot Water Beach trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Coromandel to Hot Water Beach in 1.5 hours. April in Hot Water Beach sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hot Water Beach

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

2
nights
Rotorua

Rotorua ©
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.
OGO Rotorua has been added to your itinerary. On the 11th (Sat), have some family-friendly fun at OGO Rotorua, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, then kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and finally don't miss a visit to Amokura Glass. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read Rotorua tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Hot Water Beach to Rotorua takes 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls Walkway and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from Taupo: Tongariro National Park (Te Porere Redoubt & Tongariro Alpine Crossing). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, and look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo day trip planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Rotorua to Taupo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Piha.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tongariro National Park, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
Piha

Piha ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Piha Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Piha online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Piha in 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Piha are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Piha

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Karekare Falls
Highlights from your plan
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach
Kitekite Falls ©
Kitekite Falls
Karekare Falls ©
Karekare Falls

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