14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  10​h
1
Auckland
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
7
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Perth

1
day
Auckland

Auckland ©
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 23rd (Wed): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then see the interesting displays at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then make a trip to Sky Tower.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Auckland driving holiday planner .

Perth, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Perth to Auckland, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Perth in October, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Fun & Games
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
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 24th (Thu), look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Tapeka Point Track and then head off the coast to Urupukapuka Island.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia online trip builder .

Getting from Auckland to Paihia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Tapeka Point Track
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

1
night
Waitomo Caves

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 26th (Sat), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, hike along Ruakuri Walk, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Huka Falls Walkway) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, make a trip to Te Puia, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua tour planner.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October in Wellington, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

2
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
On the 31st (Thu), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Amisfield Cellar Door, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Coronet Peak, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then steep yourself in history at Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown road trip site .

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Nature Winter Sports
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
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.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, nightlife, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Milford Sound, hike along Gertrude Saddle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Gunn, and identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Te Anau planning tool .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau

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