15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Te Anau
— 2 nights
2
Queenstown
— 2 nights
3
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
4
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
6
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
7
Paihia
— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): trek along Kepler Track and then identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn.

For ratings and tourist information, read our Te Anau sightseeing planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Te Anau is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track
Lake Gunn ©
Lake Gunn

2
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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Queenstown Arts Centre, thensee Off-Road Tours, thenidentify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Queenstown tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Zipline
Boat Tours & Water Sports

2
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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier South Side Walk, thentake in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach. Keep things going the next day: hike along Franz Josef Glacier and then trek along Moraine Walk.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip maker app.

You can drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

1
night
Waitomo Caves

Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the 3rd (Sun), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Head underground at Caveworld, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves attractions planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fox Glacier to Waitomo Caves takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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.
Get outdoors at Huka Falls Walkway and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Kinloch Beach, Kayaking & Canoeing, &more). The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rotorua trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Taupo
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then hike along Taranaki Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, stroll through Rotopounamu Track, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mounds Walk.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tongariro National Park tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Rotopounamu Track ©
Rotopounamu Track

2
nights
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 9th (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Opua Forest Lookout Track, thenidentify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, thenlook for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): trek along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Paihia trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Paihia takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kororipo Pa Historic Walk
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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