14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand journey planner

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Wellington
— 1 day
Fly
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Nelson
— 1 night
Drive
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Westport
— 1 night
Drive
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Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive
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Makarora
— 1 night
Drive
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Wanaka
— 2 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 1 night
Drive
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Dunedin
— 1 night
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Milford
— 1 night
Drive
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive
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Waiouru
— 1 night
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Wellington

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Lady Norwood Rose Garden.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Wellington itinerary site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Wellington. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Nelson.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

Nelson

— 1 night

Top of the South

Put on your shades to enjoy the sights of Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Nelson Classic Car Museum, walk around Founders Park, then make a trip to Centre of New Zealand, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Queen's Gardens.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nelson vacation planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Nelson in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Westport.

Things to do in Nelson

Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

Westport

— 1 night
Westport is a town in the West Coast region of the South Island of New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at The Old Ghost Road, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at West Coast Brewery, and then hike along Cape Foulwind Walkway.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Westport trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Nelson to Westport by car takes about 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Westport

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:

Fox Glacier

— 1 night
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 4th (Sat), go for a walk through Lake Matheson Walk, trek along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, then go for a walk through River Walk, then stroll through Minnehaha Walk, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Fox Glacier trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Westport to Fox Glacier takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Makarora.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

Makarora

— 1 night
Makarora is a small community within the Queenstown-Lakes District of the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand.It is situated on State Highway 6 on the eastern side of the Haast Pass and adjacent to the Makarora River.Local tourism operators offer scenic plane flights and jetboating tours on the Makarora River, which is the border of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Haast Pass and then trek along Gillespie Pass Circuit.

To plan Makarora vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Makarora in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Wanaka.

Things to do in Makarora

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:
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Wanaka

— 2 nights
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.
On the 6th (Mon), explore the activities along Lake Wanaka and then hit the slopes at Wanaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then hike along Mount Iron Track, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Wanaka trip builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Makarora to Wanaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

Queenstown

— 1 night

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), trek along with Hiking & Camping Tours, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then trek along Ben Lomond Track.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Queenstown trip builder site.

You can take a bus from Wanaka to Queenstown in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dunedin.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

Dunedin

— 1 night

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Otago Peninsula, examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and then don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dunedin tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Queenstown to Dunedin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:

Auckland

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Lighthouse, then contemplate the geological forces at One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie), then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland tour itinerary maker website.

Fly from Dunedin to Auckland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Milford.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wineries
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:

Milford

— 1 night
To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Milford online road trip planner.

Milford is just a short distance from Auckland. In December, daytime highs in Milford are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You'll set off for Waitomo Caves on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Milford

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:

Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
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 12th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then hike along Ruakuri Walk, and finally get a dose of the wild on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Milford to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

Rotorua

— 1 night

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.
On the 13th (Mon), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rotorua road trip app.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Waiouru.

Things to do in Rotorua

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:

Waiouru

— 1 night
Waiouru is a small town in the Ruapehu District, in New Zealand's Manawatu-Wanganui region. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): learn about all things military at National Army Museum.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Waiouru online day trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waiouru in 2.5 hours. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Waiouru

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:
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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.