15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Idaho Falls
Fly:  29​h
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Te Anau
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
Paihia
— 3 nights
Fly:  28​h
Idaho Falls

3
days
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get some cultural insight at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Horsemtrails. Take a break from the city and head to Mt Ruapehu and Ridge Track. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip app .

Idaho Falls, USA to Tongariro National Park is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 19 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Wellington.

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#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Mt Ruapehu ©
Mt Ruapehu

1
day
Wellington

Wellington
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Lyall Bay, explore the activities along Oriental Bay, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington holiday maker website .

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Wellington are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

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Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay
Lyall Bay ©
Lyall Bay

2
days
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): fly down the slopes at The Remarkables Ski Area, try to win big at SKYCITY Queenstown Casino, and then learn about winemaking at Wet Jacket Winery. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, play a few rounds at Queenstown Golf Club, and then learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Queenstown online trip builder .

Getting from Wellington to Queenstown by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

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The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Spas & Wellness
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

2
days
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): hike along Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, explore the activities along Lake Matheson Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then stroll through Franz Josef Glacier, and then take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip app .

Getting from Queenstown to Fox Glacier by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Te Anau.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier

2
days
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Ivan Wilson Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Te Anau takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paihia.

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Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary ©
Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Opua Forest Lookout Track and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oneroa Bay.

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

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Te Anau to Paihia in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Oneroa Bay
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Oneroa Bay ©
Oneroa Bay
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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