15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand journey planner

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Wellington
— 1 night
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Christchurch
— 3 nights
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Queenstown
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dunedin
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Auckland
— 1 night
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Wellington

— 1 night

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, ponder the world of politics at New Zealand Parliament, then admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Wellington travel route planner.

New York City, USA to Wellington is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 17 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from New York City in February: high temperatures in Wellington hover around 70°F and lows are around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites · Transportation
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 5:

Christchurch

— 3 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Quake City and Banks Peninsula. Venture out of the city with trips to Akaroa (Saint Peter's Anglican Church, The Giants House, &more) and Little River Gallery (in Little River). There's still lots to do: walk around Hagley Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, make a trip to 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial, and let little ones run wild at Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

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Traveling by flight from Wellington to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Wellington in February, Christchurch is slightly colder at night with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 8:

Queenstown

— 3 nights

Shallow Bay

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 Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and Mount Iron Track. Change things up with a short trip to Wanaka in Wanaka (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Arrowtown Village, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and hike along Queenstown Hill.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown vacation maker tool.

Fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:

Dunedin

— 2 nights

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Penguin Place, appreciate the history behind Robert Scott Memorial, and then tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): sample the tasty concoctions at Speight’s Brewery, see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, then make a trip to The World's Steepest Street, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Dunedin Botanic Garden.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Dunedin vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Queenstown to Dunedin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Dunedin

Tours · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:

Taupo

— 1 night

Great Cloak of Tia

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 14th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, then look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, then make a trip to Aratiatia Rapids, and finally admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

Before you visit Taupo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Dunedin to Taupo by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 14:

Rotorua

— 2 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at Redwoods Treewalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Agrodome, then steep yourself in history at Te Puia, and then stop by Eat Street.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rotorua route tool.

Drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Rotorua sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16:

Auckland

— 1 night

City of Sails

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Auckland trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Auckland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Auckland, with lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 17:

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.