15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Auckland
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Dunedin
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Kansas City

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.
For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Auckland tour itinerary planning app .

Kansas City, USA to Auckland is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 18 hours traveling from Kansas City to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Kansas City in February; daily highs in Auckland reach 72°F and lows reach 72°F. You will leave for Rotorua on the 17th (Mon).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 17:

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Redwoods Treewalk. Take a break from the city and head to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui) and Taupo (Fishing Charters & Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more). And it doesn't end there: hike along Blue Lake Track, identify plant and animal life at Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, take in the natural beauty of Lady Knox Geyser, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner .

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Auckland in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rotorua, with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Taupo, Tauranga, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Okere Falls Track
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 20:
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden and Bolton Street Cemetery. Let the collections at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and National War Memorial capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wellington: Cobblestones Museum (in Greytown), C'est Cheese (in Featherston) and Martinborough (Poppies Martinborough & Colombo Martinborough). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nga Manu Nature Reserve and stroll through Paraparaumu Beach.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Wellington route planner .

Fly from Rotorua to Wellington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Rotorua in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Wellington, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Martinborough, Cobblestones Museum, Paraparaumu Beach, C'est Cheese, Nga Manu Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
National War Memorial ©
National War Memorial

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Hayes Walkway and Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery and Mt Rosa Wines. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door (in Bannockburn) and Tobins Track (in Arrowtown). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Arrow River, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown route maker app .

Fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Mt Difficulty Wines Cellar Door
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Hayes Walkway ©
Lake Hayes Walkway
Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery ©
Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown ©
Jacks Point Golf Course Queenstown

3
nights
Dunedin

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, then get some fabulous bargains at Happy Hens, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Church of Otago. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Aramoana Beach, then examine the collection at Port Chalmers' Seafaring Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at St Clair Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dunedin trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Queenstown to Dunedin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Port Chalmers Maritime Museum
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Orokonui Ecosanctuary ©
Orokonui Ecosanctuary
St. Paul's Cathedral ©
St. Paul's Cathedral
First Church of Otago ©
First Church of Otago

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hours
Auckland

Auckland
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Traveling by flight from Dunedin to Auckland takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Feb 28 — 29:

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