15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 1 night
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
3
Queenstown
— 4 nights
4
Auckland
— 1 night
5
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
6
Rotorua
— 2 nights
7
Taupo
— 2 nights

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
On the 10th (Mon), see Tasman Valley 4WD Tours, stroll through Ski The Tasman, and then stroll through Kea Point Track. Keep things going the next day: push the limits with Skydive Fox Glacier and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip planner.

Wellington to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
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Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track
Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier

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Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
When in Te Anau, make a side trip to see Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, approximately Milford away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, trek along The Chasm Walk, and take a pleasant ride with Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip planner.

You can take a bus from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau in 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Mitre Peak, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Westray Adventures - Horse Treks & Quad Tours ©
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Queenstown: Snow Farm NZ (in Wanaka) and UnderDog Sled Dog Tours (in Cardrona). On the 15th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Coronet Peak. There's much more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, hit the slopes at PowderPak Parks, see Off-Road Tours, and test your team's savvy at Escape Quest Queenstown.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Snow Farm NZ, UnderDog Sled Dog Tours
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

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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.
On the 19th (Wed), contemplate the geological forces at Mount Eden, then get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally make a trip to SkyTower.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland trip planner.

You can fly from Queenstown to Auckland in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Nature · Parks
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then look for all kinds of wild species at Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip maker tool.

Getting from Auckland to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, then take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, then identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Rotorua sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 23rd (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, get in on the family fun at Mind Junction, then find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and finally make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Taupo tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park

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