15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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15 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Berlin
Fly:  31​h
Queenstown
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Wellington
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
Rotorua
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  32​h
Berlin

5
days
Queenstown

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Skydiving and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get out of town with these interesting Queenstown side-trips: Wanaka (Puzzling World, Lake Wanaka, & more). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and trek along Queenstown Hill.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Queenstown driving holiday tool .

Berlin, Germany to Queenstown is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Berlin to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Lake Wanaka ©
Lake Wanaka
Puzzling World ©
Puzzling World

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Queen Charlotte Sound and Edwin Fox Museum. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scorching Bay and Safaris. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kaukau, and get lost in a book at Wellington City Libraries.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Wellington sightseeing planning tool .

You can fly from Queenstown to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Picton
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Queen Charlotte Sound ©
Queen Charlotte Sound
Scorching Bay ©
Scorching Bay

4
days
Rotorua

Rotorua ©
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.
Kids will enjoy Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park and Agrodome. Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Horseback Riding Tours. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Government Gardens, and get your game on at Fancy Meow Cat Cafe.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rotorua travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Rotorua in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Wellington in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rotorua: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park ©
Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
Agrodome ©
Agrodome

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