15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Townsville
Fly:  12​h
1
Paihia
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
5
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Townsville

2
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.
On the 6th (Mon), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paihia visit planner .

Townsville, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Townsville to Paihia is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

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

1
night
Waitomo Caves

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then hike along Ruakuri Walk, and finally head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves tour builder app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
On the 9th (Thu), trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, and then stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa planning website .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): push the limits with an extreme tour, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, then admire the natural beauty at Lava Glass, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at L'Arte and then tee off at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Taupo trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Taupo

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Take a break from the city and head to Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, trek along Moraine Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kea Point Track, and take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fox Glacier vacation maker site .

Do a combination of flight and car from Taupo to Fox Glacier in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Franz Josef Glacier
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track

4
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.
Silver Fern Gallery and Artbay Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Milford Sound and Hollyford Track. There's much more to do: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, stop by Outside Sports, and trek along Lake Gunn.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown holiday maker website .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

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