15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Raglan
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Hamilton
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Auckland

3
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Waiheke Island (about 1h 40 min away). There's much more to do: make a trip to SkyTower, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, stop by Pauanesia, and brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

To find maps and more tourist information, use the Auckland trip itinerary maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Auckland. March in Auckland sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Raglan.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cheltenham Beach, Wine Tours & Tastings
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Raglan

Raglan ©
Raglan is a small beachside town located 48 km west of Hamilton, New Zealand on State Highway 23. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Ruapuke Beach, head outdoors with Raglan Rock, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, identify plant and animal life at Wainui Reserve, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Karioi summit tracks.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Raglan trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Auckland to Raglan takes 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in March: highs in Raglan hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Raglan

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Raglan Rock ©
Raglan Rock
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Spas & Wellness

5
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yarndley's Bush (in Te Awamutu), Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Waitomo Caves (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Hamilton Gardens, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, stroll through Hamilton Cycleways, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hamilton Zoo.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton online journey planner .

You can drive from Raglan to Hamilton in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set, Cambridge Museum, Yarndley's Bush
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Hamilton Gardens ©
Hamilton Gardens

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Maori Rock Carvings, Huka Falls Walkway, & more). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, have some family-friendly fun at OGO Rotorua, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and don't miss a visit to Te Puia.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Rotorua sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Taupo
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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