15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h
3
Whitianga
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Los Angeles

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ben Lomond Track and Arrowtown Village. Get some cultural insight at Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and Silver Fern Gallery. Step out of Queenstown to go to Wanaka and see Wanaka, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Queenstown Hill, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, have some family-friendly fun at Dark Ride, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown tour itinerary builder .

Los Angeles, USA to Queenstown is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 20 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Arrowtown, Wanaka
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Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Safaris

3
nights
Paihia

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Paihia Harbour. Get some cultural insight at Pompallier Mission and Printery and Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The adventure continues: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, trek along Tapeka Point Track, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and contemplate the long history of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paihia journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Queenstown to Paihia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Whitianga.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell
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Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Opoutere Surf Beach and Otama Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Moko Artspace and The Little Gallery. Explore Whitianga's surroundings by going to Hahei Beach Walk (in Hahei), Whangamata Beach (in Whangamata) and Hot Water Beach (in Hot Water Beach). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of The Lost Spring, tour the pleasant surroundings at Opito Bay Beach, and examine the collection at Mercury Bay Museum Whitianga.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Whitianga road trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Paihia to Whitianga in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. January in Whitianga sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Whitianga

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hot Water Beach, Kuaotunu, Hahei Beach Walk, The Little Gallery, Whangamata Beach
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Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Government Gardens and St. Lukes Anglican Church. Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to Huka Falls tracks in Taupo, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip planner .

Getting from Whitianga to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in February, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Huka Falls Walkway, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk

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