15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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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
Drive:  4 h
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.
On the 4th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Auckland travel planning tool.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In February, daytime highs in Auckland are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You'll set off for Coromandel on the 7th (Tue).
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower

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 Walk as well as Hot Water Beach. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): trek along Cathedral Cove Walk and then kick back and relax at Hot Water Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Matarangi Beach and then play a few rounds at The Dunes Golf Resort.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Coromandel route planner.

Getting from Auckland to Coromandel by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Auckland in February, Coromandel is little chillier at night with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Coromandel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

few
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): trek along Ruakuri Walk and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Coromandel to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive 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 where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Taupo travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Napier.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Nature 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), do a tasting at Moana Park Winery, learn about winemaking at Elephant Hill, and then kick back and relax at Ocean Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Napier trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Napier in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Wineries Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Harbourside Market Wellington, take a stroll through Cuba Street, then stop by Arty Bees Books, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Scorching Bay.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Wellington online travel planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Napier to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Picton.

Things to do in Wellington

Shopping Beaches Parks
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Cuba Street ©
Cuba Street
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): see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre, stop by Seaside Gems, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Marlborough Sounds.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Picton trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Wellington to Picton in 3.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Picton are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Blenheim.

Things to do in Picton

Nature Parks Shopping
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Marlborough Sounds ©
Marlborough Sounds

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. On the next day, savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Blenheim trip planner.

Blenheim is very close to Picton. In February, daytime highs in Blenheim are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Akaroa.

Things to do in Blenheim

Tours Wineries Shopping

Side Trip

Yealands Estate Winery
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen ©
Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen
Wither Hills Cellar Door ©
Wither Hills Cellar Door

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at The Giants House, then stop by Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hinewai Reserve.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Akaroa road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Blenheim to Akaroa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Blenheim in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Akaroa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Akaroa

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Swim with Dolphins
The Giants House ©
The Giants House
Hinewai Reserve ©
Hinewai Reserve

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Sumner Beach (Cave Rock) and then contemplate the long history of Taylors Mistake - Awaroa / Godley Head Walk.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Christchurch online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Akaroa to Christchurch by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Christchurch are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 18th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Christchurch

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

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