15 days in New Zealand & Melbourne Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand & Melbourne Itinerary

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Fly
1
Auckland, New Zealand
— 1 day
Drive
2
Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Taupo, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly
5
Paihia, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
6
Te Anau, New Zealand
— 3 nights
Bus
7
Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly
8
Melbourne, Australia
— 2 nights

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Auckland, New Zealand

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.
On the 16th (Tue), learn about all things military at Auckland Museum and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Auckland online travel route builder.

Melbourne, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in March, you will find days in Auckland are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Highlights from your trip
SkyTower ©
Must see
SkyTower
4.4
Auckland Museum ©
Military Museum
Auckland Museum
4.6

2
nights
Rotorua, New Zealand

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 17th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, then take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, make a trip to Te Puia, then identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, and finally take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Auckland to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Auckland, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Rotorua, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip
©
Must see
Zipline
4.7
Te Puia ©
Hot Spring
Te Puia
4.4

2
nights
Taupo, New Zealand

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.
On the 19th (Fri), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Huka Honey Hive, get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Taupo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Highlights from your trip
Huka Falls Walkway
Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway
4.7

1
night

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tongariro National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your trip

2
nights
Paihia, New Zealand

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 22nd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, then take an unforgettable tour with Salt Air, and then paddle through the water with Bay of Islands Kayaking. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, steep yourself in history at KeriKeri New Zealand, and then learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paihia planner.

Fly from Tongariro National Park to Paihia in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Bay of Islands Kayaking ©
Kayaking / Canoeing
Bay of Islands Kayaking
4.8
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Historic Site
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
4.6
Salt Air ©
Helicopter Tour
Salt Air
5.0

3
nights
Te Anau, New Zealand

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound (about 1h 5 min away). Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring at Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and trek along The Chasm Walk.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Paihia to Te Anau in 8.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Doubtful Sound ©
Water Body
Doubtful Sound
4.7
Milford Sound ©
Water Body
Milford Sound
4.8

2
nights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Shallow Bay

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 27th (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours, take an exotic tour of Nomad Safaris, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, then identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Queenstown travel route planning website.

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Transportation
Highlights from your trip
©
Spa
Spas
4.5

2
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
On the 29th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Block Arcade, appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, and finally explore and take pictures at Fitzroy Gardens. On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at Melbourne Zoo, then examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, and then admire the striking features of Royal Exhibition Building.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Melbourne takes 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In March, daytime highs in Melbourne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Highlights from your trip
Melbourne Zoo ©
Zoo
Melbourne Zoo
4.2
Melbourne Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Melbourne Museum
4.5

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