15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Wellington
— 1 night
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Te Anau
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Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive
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Blenheim
— 1 night
Fly
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 1 night
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Wellington — 1 night

Harbour Capital

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.
On the 4th (Sat), get a sense of history and politics at New Zealand Parliament, catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, then get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Wellington online tour itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Wellington is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 20 hours traveling from Vancouver to Wellington. Traveling from Vancouver in February, things will get much hotter in Wellington: highs are around 24°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Te Anau.
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Te Anau — 3 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford Sound to see Bowen Falls about 1 hour away. Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, examine the collection at Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum, explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Wellington to Te Anau in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Queenstown.
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Queenstown — 2 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 8th (Wed), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, learn about winemaking at Peregrine Wines, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, then view the masterpieces at Silver Fern Gallery, and finally race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip planning tool.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fox Glacier.
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Fox Glacier — 2 nights

A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 10th (Fri), stroll through Peters Pool Walk, then stroll through Franz Josef Glacier, then trek along Moraine Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery, then hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fox Glacier day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Queenstown to Fox Glacier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Blenheim.
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Blenheim — 1 night

Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough.
On the 12th (Sun), do a tasting at Hunter's Wines Cellar Door & Wine Shop, then do a tasting at Cloudy Bay, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Blenheim trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Blenheim in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Blenheim can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park — 3 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Taranaki Falls. There's still lots to do: trek along Tongariro Northern Circuit, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rotopounamu Track.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park day trip website.

You can fly from Blenheim to Tongariro National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Paihia.
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Paihia — 1 night

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 16th (Thu): look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Paihia driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Paihia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Hiking Trails
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.
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