15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paihia
— 2 nights
2
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
3
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
5
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
6
Queenstown
— 4 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, thensteep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Paihia journey planning site.

Townsville, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Townsville to Paihia, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors Tours 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, trek along Ruakuri Walk, and then head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Waitomo Caves journey builder tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, get where you need to go with Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, and then trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, thenexplore the wealth of natural beauty at Te Porere Redoubt, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Ohakune Old Coach Road.

For traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Whakapapa tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Whakapapa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, thenbrowse the exhibits of Lava Glass, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at L'Arte and then tee off at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Taupo road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Whakapapa to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can 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.
Get in touch with nature at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery and Gillespies Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Moraine Walk and Hooker Valley Track. Explore Fox Glacier's surroundings by going to Franz Josef Glacier (in Franz Josef) and Kea Point Track (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)).

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Taupo to Fox Glacier takes 13 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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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ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery ©
ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Milford Sound and Zipline. Do some cultural sightseeing at Silver Fern Gallery and Artbay Gallery. There's still lots to do: trek along Hollyford Track, look for gifts at Outside Sports Queenstown, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Queenstown travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Another option is to 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
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown

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