15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Travel:  28​h
1
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Paihia
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  26​h
End: Edmonton

1
night
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 12th (Tue), see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, then look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Minnehaha Walk, then trek along Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fox Glacier.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fox Glacier trip site .

Edmonton, Canada to Fox Glacier is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 19 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails ©
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Hollyford Track and River Rafting & Tubing. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, stop by The Bead Shop, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip itinerary site .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Queenstown by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
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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 some historical perspective at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Pompallier Mission and Printery. Get outdoors at Paihia Harbour and Oneroa Bay. There's much more to do: stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, contemplate the long history of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paihia trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Queenstown to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kerikeri, Russell
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
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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 Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to Huka Falls tracks in Taupo, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and steep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Rotorua road trip website .

Getting from Paihia to Rotorua by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park

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