15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Whakapapa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h
7
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Indianapolis

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Auckland trip itinerary website .

Indianapolis, USA to Auckland is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Auckland is 17 hours. When traveling from Indianapolis in June, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
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.
Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael's Catholic Church, get interesting insight from Tours, and do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Auckland to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Auckland in June since evenings lows in Rotorua dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

1
night
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): trek along Silica Rapids Track and then hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Whakapapa trip planner.

Getting from Rotorua to Whakapapa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro Alpine Crossing
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Silica Rapids Track ©
Silica Rapids Track

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 19th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Plan my day in Wellington using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Whakapapa to Wellington in 4.5 hours. In June in Wellington, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Historic Sites Transportation
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fallen Soldiers Memorial, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): have fun at Break One and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown travel route planning tool .

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Fun & Games Parks
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Spas

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), trek along Gertrude Saddle and then contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Te Anau, then identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, and then get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau online trip maker .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

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

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.
Paihia is known for wildlife, historic sites, nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stop by Paihia Bookshop.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paihia holiday planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Parks Golf
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Waitangi Golf Club ©
Waitangi Golf Club
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Spas

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