15 days in Japan & New Zealand Itinerary

15 days in Japan & New Zealand Itinerary

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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Queenstown, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Bus
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Wanaka, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Fly
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Wellington, New Zealand
— 1 night
Fly
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Rotorua, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turangi, New Zealand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
— 1 night
Drive to Auckland International Airport, Fly to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

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Kyoto, Japan

The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): make a trip to Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker website.

Phoenix, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Phoenix to Kyoto, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Phoenix in July, things will get a bit cooler in Kyoto: highs are around 89°F and lows about 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

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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 15th (Wed): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, have some family-friendly fun at Fear Factory Queenstown, and then take in the awesome beauty at Coronet Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown vacation planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Queenstown by flight takes about 18 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kyoto to Queenstown is 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports · Parks
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Wanaka, New Zealand

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): ski along the peaceful trails at Snow Farm NZ. On the next day, explore the activities along Lake Wanaka, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wanaka, and then see the world from above with Air Tours.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wanaka day trip site.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Wanaka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
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Wellington, New Zealand

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then admire the striking features of Old St Paul's, then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Wellington vacation planner.

Getting from Wanaka to Wellington by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. July in Wellington sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, then get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then admire all the interesting features of Government Gardens.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Wellington to Rotorua by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Turangi.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Turangi, New Zealand

Turangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, then hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and then stroll through Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rotopounamu Track, and then explore and take pictures at Te Porere Redoubt.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Turangi travel planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Turangi takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Turangi

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:

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Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the 24th (Fri), Head underground at Ruakuri Cave and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Turangi to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 24:

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
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.