14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Drive
1
Taupo
— 1 day
Shuttle
2
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Paihia
— 1 night
Fly
7
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly
8
Rotorua
— 2 nights
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Taupo

— 1 day

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 18th (Thu): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Taupo trip builder website.

Napier to Taupo is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Trails
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Tongariro National Park

— 2 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Active Outdoor Adventures. Keep things going the next day: hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tongariro National Park tour planner.

Take a shuttle from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can fly to Dunedin.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Dunedin

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Royal Albatross Centre and then contemplate the long history of Larnach Castle & Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): examine the collection at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, learn more about the world around you at Otago Museum, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Otago Peninsula.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dunedin attractions tool.

Fly from Tongariro National Park to Dunedin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Dunedin

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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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.
On the 24th (Wed), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. It doesn't end there: explore the activities along Milford Sound and stroll through The Chasm Walk.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Te Anau online holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Dunedin to Te Anau with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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 26th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Queenstown tour planner.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Queenstown in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Spas
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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with She's a Lady Sailing Adventures and then admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

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Getting from Queenstown to Paihia by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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 29th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Auckland trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Auckland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Auckland are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Wineries · Tours · Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then take in the natural beauty of Te Puia, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Rotorua. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
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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.

Otago Region travel guide

4.6
Entertainment Centers · Landmarks · Water Sports
Place of Red Earth
New Zealand's second most southerly region, Otago has a diverse climate and varied landscapes, making for a wealth of impressive vistas and natural wonders. Thanks to the region's thick snow and gorgeous sun, an Otago vacation gives you the chance to try a range of extreme sports, relax in lush natural areas, or hike through changing topographies, spotting the wildlife in its plentiful land and marine reserves. With a rich history of tradition and industry, Otago prides itself on its farming heritage, maritime influence, and contemporary role in New Zealand's wine revolution.