15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Taupo
— 2 nights
2
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
3
Te Anau
— 2 nights
4
Queenstown
— 2 nights
5
Paihia
— 2 nights
6
Auckland
— 1 night

2
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rotorua (Redwoods Treewalk, Te Puia, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, stop by Huka Honey Hive, and get interesting insight from Tours.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Taupo fast, fun, and easy.

New York City, USA to Taupo is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Taupo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and then hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Here are some ideas for day two: get around town with Tongariro Crossing Shuttles and then trek along Horsemtrails.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Whakapapa trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Whakapapa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails

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.
Take a break from Te Anau with a short trip to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau road trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Whakapapa to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound

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 25th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, thenget your game on at Skyline Queenstown, thenpush the limits with an extreme tour, and finally do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery. Keep things going the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally view the masterpieces at Queenstown Arts Centre.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown travel route planning site.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, thensteep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paihia trip itinerary site.

Fly from Queenstown to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, thenget engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Auckland trip planner.

You can drive from Paihia to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December in Auckland, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

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

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