15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
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Tauranga
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Rotorua
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Taupo
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Wellington
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Christchurch
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Dunedin
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Queenstown
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Milford
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Wanaka
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Fox Glacier
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Kaikoura
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Porirua
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Hamilton
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Auckland

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 14th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Orewa Beach, take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Helier's Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Piha Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Auckland trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Auckland. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Wine Tours & Tastings
Orewa Beach ©
Orewa Beach
Piha Beach ©
Piha Beach

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Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): kick back and relax at Pilot Bay, then kick back and relax at Mt Maunganui Main Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Papamoa Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Tauranga day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Tauranga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Tauranga, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Papamoa Beach ©
Papamoa Beach
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Pilot Bay ©
Pilot Bay

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Rotorua

Rotorua ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take a stroll through Eat Street, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Michael's Catholic Church.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rotorua tour planner.

You can drive from Tauranga to Rotorua in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Neighborhoods · Spas · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Eat Street ©
Eat Street
Spas
Volcanic Hills Winery ©
Volcanic Hills Winery

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Taupo

Taupo ©

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 18th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Taupo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Fishing Charters & Tours
Huka Falls ©
Huka Falls

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Wellington

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.
On the 19th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington attractions planner.

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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Christchurch

Christchurch ©

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): make a trip to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, stroll through Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), and then take a stroll through Port Hills.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Wellington in November since evenings lows in Christchurch dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Port Hills ©
Port Hills
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)
185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial ©

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Dunedin

Dunedin ©

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 21st (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Penguin Place, make a trip to Bellamys Gallery, then admire the natural beauty at Dunedin Botanic Garden, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

Plan a Dunedin trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Christchurch to Dunedin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dunedin Botanic Garden ©
Dunedin Botanic Garden
Walking tours
Penguin Place ©
Penguin Place

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Queenstown

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): tee off at Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Queenstown vacation maker app.

Drive from Dunedin to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Milford.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Golf
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown ©
Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown

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Milford

Milford
For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Milford road trip app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Queenstown to Milford. In November, daily temperatures in Milford can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you're off to Wanaka.

Things to do in Milford

Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games · Shopping

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Wanaka

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): hike along Mount Iron Track and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Wanaka online trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Milford to Wanaka with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Mount Iron Track ©
Mount Iron Track

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then stroll through Gillespies Beach.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Fox Glacier trip builder website.

Take a bus from Wanaka to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kaikoura.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Spas
Helicopter Tours

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Kaikoura

Kaikoura ©
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for gifts at Kaikoura Cheese, then trek along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally hike along Ohau Stream Walk.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kaikoura day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Kaikoura in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Porirua.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway ©
Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ohau Stream Walk ©
Ohau Stream Walk

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Porirua

Porirua ©
Porirua is a city in the Wellington Region of the North Island of New Zealand, and one of the four cities that constitute the Wellington metropolitan area. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Pataka Art + Museum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kereru Brewing Company, and then tee off at Royal Wellington Golf Club.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Porirua tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Porirua takes 6 hours. In November, daytime highs in Porirua are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Porirua

Outdoors · Golf · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Royal Wellington Golf Club ©
Royal Wellington Golf Club
Kereru Brewing Company ©
Kereru Brewing Company
Pataka Art + Museum ©
Pataka Art + Museum

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Hamilton

Hamilton ©

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): walk around Hamilton Gardens, then examine the collection at Classics Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Taitua Arboretum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Waterworks Walk.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamilton trip itinerary maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Porirua to Hamilton. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Taitua Arboretum ©
Taitua Arboretum
Classics Museum ©
Classics Museum
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens

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