14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
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Paihia
— 1 night
Fly
2
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly
3
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Taupo
— 2 nights
Shuttle
5
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Fly
6
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
7
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus
8
Te Anau
— 3 nights
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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.
On the 1st (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with She's a Lady Sailing Adventures. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Paihia Harbour, admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then find something for the whole family at Action World.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland travel planner.

You can fly from Paihia to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Wineries · Museums · Tours
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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.
On the 4th (Fri), take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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Fly from Auckland to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Auckland in February since evenings lows in Rotorua dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

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Taupo

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): push the limits with an extreme tour, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Taupo trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums
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Tongariro National Park

— 1 night
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Taupo to Tongariro National Park by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Trails · Outdoors · Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, get great views at Wellington Cable Car, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tongariro National Park to Wellington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February in Wellington, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then stroll through Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Queenstown travel route planning site.

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games · Spas
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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.
Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring at Doubtful Sound. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Chasm Walk.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip tool.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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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.