15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  10​h
1
Auckland
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Wanaka
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Queenstown
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Te Anau
— 2 nights
6
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
8
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Christchurch
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Perth

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): examine the collection at Auckland Museum and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Auckland Central online tour planner .

Perth, Australia to Auckland Central is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Perth to Auckland Central, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Perth in January, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Auckland Central: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum

2
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, then admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Auckland Central to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kerikeri
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

1
night
Wanaka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and then fly down the slopes at Wanaka.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Wanaka day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Wanaka in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Nature Outdoors Parks
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Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Helicopter Tours

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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.
On the 6th (Sun), take the plunge with a skydiving experience, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Queenstown Hill, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride.

You can plan Queenstown trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by bus from Wanaka to Queenstown takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Helicopter Tours

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Te Anau and then explore the activities along Milford Sound. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Kowhai Gifts & Souvenirs and then explore the activities along Doubtful Sound.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Te Anau

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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nights
Dunedin

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 10th (Thu), don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street, then take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally tour in style with a train tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Tunnel Beach Track, contemplate the long history of Olveston Historic Home, and then get a new perspective on nature at Otago Museum.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dunedin vacation maker app .

Traveling by car from Te Anau to Dunedin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Rail Tours
Dunedin Botanic Garden ©
Dunedin Botanic Garden
The World's Steepest Street ©
The World's Steepest Street

1
night
Wellington

Wellington
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Parliament Buildings, explore the activities along Oriental Bay, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Wellington trip builder .

Fly from Dunedin to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January in Wellington, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Beaches Nature Outdoors
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Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
New Zealand Parliament ©
New Zealand Parliament

2
nights
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.
On the 13th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, explore the striking landscape at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, have some family-friendly fun at OGO Rotorua, then take in nature's colorful creations at Government Gardens, and finally admire the masterpieces at Rotorua Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To plan Rotorua vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Rotorua

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 15th (Tue), make a trip to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, see the interesting displays at Quake City, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hagley Park.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Christchurch holiday maker app .

Fly from Rotorua to Christchurch in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Rotorua in January, Christchurch is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Hagley Park ©
Hagley Park

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