15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Coromandel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Waitomo Caves
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Napier
— 1 day
6
Wellington
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Picton
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
8
Blenheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
9
Akaroa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Christchurch
— 1 night
End: Christchurch

3
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
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 4th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Auckland vacation planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In February in Auckland, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 26°C at night. You will leave for Coromandel on the 7th (Tue).
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower

2
nights
Coromandel

Coromandel ©
Coromandel is a town on the Coromandel Harbour, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cathedral Cove as well as Hot Water Beach. On the 7th (Tue), explore the activities along Cathedral Cove and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Water Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Matarangi Beach and then tee off at The Dunes Golf Resort.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Coromandel trip planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Coromandel takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Coromandel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Matarangi, Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove Walk
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Matarangi Beach ©
Matarangi Beach
Hot Water Beach ©
Hot Water Beach
Cathedral Cove Walk ©
Cathedral Cove Walk

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hours
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.
On the 9th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Ruakuri Caves & Bush Scenic Reserve and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Coromandel to Waitomo Caves in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Trails
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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.
To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Taupo trip planner.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Taupo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Spas Beaches
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Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort ©
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Huka Honey Hive ©
Huka Honey Hive

1
day
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 11th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Moana Park Winery, do a tasting at Elephant Hill Estate Winery, and then kick back and relax at Ocean Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Napier vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Napier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ocean Beach, Elephant Hill Estate Winery
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Moana Park Winery ©
Moana Park Winery
Elephant Hill Estate Winery ©
Elephant Hill Estate Winery

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Harbourside Market Wellington, then wander the streets of Cuba Street District, then stop by Arty Bees Books, and finally stroll through Scorching Bay.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington online itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Napier to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Shopping Beaches Outdoors
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Cuba Street District ©
Cuba Street District
Scorching Bay ©
Scorching Bay
Harbourside Market Wellington ©
Harbourside Market Wellington

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hours
Picton

Picton ©
Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): examine the collection at The National Whale Centre, then look for gifts at Seaside Gems, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Marlborough Sounds.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Picton vacation trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Picton in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Picton can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Picton

Nature Parks Shopping
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Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds
Seaside Gems ©
Seaside Gems

3
nights
Blenheim

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
On the 13th (Mon), stop by Makana Confections. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Blenheim trip generator.

Blenheim is just a stone's throw from Picton. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in February, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Akaroa.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours Wineries Shopping

Side Trip

Yealands Estate Winery
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Wither Hills Cellar Door ©
Wither Hills Cellar Door

1
night
Akaroa

Akaroa ©
The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the long history of The Giants House, then look for gifts at Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists, then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hinewai Reserve.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Akaroa itinerary maker.

Getting from Blenheim to Akaroa by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Akaroa when traveling from Blenheim in February, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Akaroa

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Hinewai Reserve ©
Hinewai Reserve
The Giant's House ©
The Giant's House
Swim with Dolphins

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, take in the dramatic natural features at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock), and then enjoy the sand and surf at Taylors Mistake.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Christchurch custom trip planner.

Drive from Akaroa to Christchurch in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) ©
Sumner Beach (Cave Rock)

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