15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + Fly:  30 h
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
4
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  30 h
End: London

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Arrowtown Village and Off-Road Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Queenstown Hill and Wanaka. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Queenstown: Wanaka (Puzzling World & Helicopter Tours) and Little Paradise Dream Garden (in Mount Creighton). The adventure continues: stroll through Coronet Peak, hike along Ben Lomond Track, cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience, and get your game on at Fear Factory Queenstown.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip builder site.

London, UK to Queenstown is an approximately 30- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Queenstown is 12 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown Village, Little Paradise Dream Garden
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Arrowtown Village ©
Arrowtown Village
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track

4
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.
Visit Mt Maunganui Main Beach and Papamoa Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotorua: Great Lake Taupo (in Taupo), Monmouth Redoubt (in Tauranga) and Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kuirau Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and make a trip to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe.

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You can fly from Queenstown to Rotorua in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Rotorua are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tauranga, Great Lake Taupo, Papamoa Beach, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

1
night
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): Head underground at Ruakuri Cave and then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Waitomo Caves online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature Parks
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Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave
Caveworld ©
Caveworld

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paihia Harbour and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tane Mahuta Walk will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Paihia side-trips: Whangarei (Te Kakano & Whangarei Falls). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, get engrossed in the history at Kawakawa Memorial Library Centre, and steep yourself in history at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paihia journey planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Whangarei, Tane Mahuta Walk, Kawakawa Memorial Library Centre
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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