15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h
Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Lake Moeraki
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Whangarei Heads
— Few hours
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area and then take in the exciting artwork at Ivan Clarke Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Coronet Peak.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown route planner.

San Francisco, USA to Queenstown is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Queenstown is 20 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fox Glacier.

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#Nature, #Parks, #Winter Sports
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The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Ivan Clarke Gallery ©
Ivan Clarke Gallery

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 19th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Fox Glacier, then stroll through Moraine Walk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): hike along Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, hike along Mount Fox Route, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Franz Josef Glacier.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fox Glacier planner .

Getting from Queenstown to Fox Glacier by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lake Moeraki.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trip

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

1
day
Lake Moeraki

Lake Moeraki ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): kick back and relax at Monro Beach, take some stellar pictures from Knights Point Lookout, and then get outside with Bruce Bay.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lake Moeraki trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Fox Glacier to Lake Moeraki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Lake Moeraki

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Bruce Bay, Knights Point Lookout
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Monro Beach ©
Monro Beach
Bruce Bay ©
Bruce Bay
Knights Point Lookout ©
Knights Point Lookout

2
days
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 22nd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, enjoy the sand and surf at Lyall Bay, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): get outside with Great Alpine Highway, contemplate the waterfront views at Oriental Bay, then admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, and finally take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington travel planner .

Explore your travel options from Lake Moeraki to Wellington with the Route module. In August, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Great Alpine Highway
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

1
day
Taupo

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 24th (Fri): push the limits with an extreme tour, then kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, then hike along Huka Falls tracks, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Taupo online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Wellington to Taupo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls tracks ©
Huka Falls tracks
Helicopter Tours

4
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 Horsemtrails and Tongariro Northern Circuit. Take a break from the city and head to Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Rotopounamu Track. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls, get impressive views of Mt Ruapehu, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Te Porere Redoubt.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tongariro National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Whangarei Heads.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors
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Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Tongariro Northern Circuit

few
hours
Whangarei Heads

Whangarei Heads ©
Whangarei Heads is a locality and promontory on the northern side of the Whangarei Harbour in Northland, New Zealand. On the 29th (Wed), kick back and relax at Smugglers Bay Loop Track and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Whangarei Heads route builder .

Getting from Tongariro National Park to Whangarei Heads by car takes about 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Whangarei Heads

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Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Smugglers Bay Loop Track ©
Smugglers Bay Loop Track

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