15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Rotorua
— 2 nights
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Taupo
— 1 night
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Tongariro National Park
— 4 nights
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Paihia
— 4 nights
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Auckland
— 2 nights
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Rotorua — 2 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and River Rafting & Tubing. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Te Puia, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua online route planner.

Doha, Qatar to Rotorua is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Doha to Rotorua. Traveling from Doha in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rotorua, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Taupo.
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Taupo — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the galleries of Tukairangi Gallery, witness a stunning natural landmark at Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and finally admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Taupo trip website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to Tongariro National Park.
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Tongariro National Park — 4 nights

Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Get some cultural insight at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit. Escape the urban bustle at Rotopounamu Track and Taranaki Falls. The adventure continues: trek along Silica Rapids Track, take in the dramatic scenery at Mangawhero Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ridge Track, and explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can fly to Paihia.
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Paihia — 4 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Byrne Northland Wines. Take a break from the city and head to Paihia Harbour and Swim with Dolphins. Spend a day of island exploring on the 20th (Mon) at Urupukapuka Island. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get great views at Opua Forest Lookout Track, hike along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, and admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia tour itinerary 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 20th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Auckland.
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Auckland — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Auckland driving holiday planner.

Fly from Paihia to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Auckland, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.
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New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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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