15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Bus:  27​h
1
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Napier
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
4
Akaroa
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Dunedin
— 1 night
Bus:  5​h 30​min
6
Wanaka
— 1 day
Bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Cape Town

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get your game on at OGO Rotorua, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally admire the natural beauty at Government Gardens. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua online vacation planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Rotorua is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. Traveling from Cape Town to Rotorua, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cape Town, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rotorua, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Government Gardens ©
Government Gardens
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools ©
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools

1
night
Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): look for gifts at The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things, then take some stellar pictures from Bluff Hill Lookout, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally don't miss a visit to Marine Parade.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Napier trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Napier takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to New Plymouth.

Things to do in Napier

Tours Shopping
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Bluff Hill Lookout ©
Bluff Hill Lookout
Marine Parade ©
Marine Parade

1
night
New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): go for a walk through New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Brooklands Zoo, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Pukekura Park, and finally make a trip to Port Taranaki Walkway.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our New Plymouth trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Napier to New Plymouth takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Akaroa.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway ©
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway
Brooklands Zoo ©
Brooklands Zoo

1
night
Akaroa

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at The Garden at French Farm, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of Tane. On your second day here, make a trip to Orion Powerhouse Gallery, don't miss a visit to The Giant's House, then take in the exciting artwork at Lava gallery, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Akaroa trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from New Plymouth to Akaroa in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in February, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Akaroa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
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 20th (Thu), hike along Tunnel Beach Track, sample the tasty concoctions at Speight’s Brewery, then steep yourself in history at Olveston Historic Home, then get great views at Signal Hill, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour and then see the sky in a new way at Otago Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Dunedin trip planner .

Getting from Akaroa to Dunedin by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours Childrens Museums Museums
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Rail Tours
Dunedin Botanic Garden ©
Dunedin Botanic Garden
Otago Museum ©
Otago Museum

1
day
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.
On the 22nd (Sat), get your game on at Puzzling World, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then stroll through Wanaka.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wanaka tour planner .

Traveling by bus from Dunedin to Wanaka takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Helicopter Tours
Puzzling World ©
Puzzling World

3
nights
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Explore hidden gems such as Queenstown Hill and Fear Factory Queenstown. There's lots more to do: get outside with Arrowtown Village, view the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and admire all the interesting features of Glenorchy-Queenstown Road.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Wanaka to Queenstown by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Arrowtown Village
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River Rafting & Tubing
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Helicopter Tours

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