14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 1 night
2
Queenstown
— 3 nights
3
Te Anau
— 2 nights
4
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 2 nights
5
Taupo
— 1 night
6
Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
7
Rotorua
— 2 nights
8
Auckland
— 1 night

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and then see the world from above with Salt Air. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Bay of Islands.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paihia trip planner.

Auckland to Paihia is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Salt Air ©
Salt Air

3
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Paihia to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Spas
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

2
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.
On the 24th (Thu), trek along The Chasm Walk, then explore the activities along Milford Sound, and then explore the activities along Lake Gunn. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Te Anau route planning tool.

Getting from Queenstown to Te Anau by bus takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Lake Te Anau ©
Lake Te Anau
Helicopter Tours

2
nights
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): trek along Kea Point Track, then head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, then fly down the slopes at Ski The Tasman, and finally hike along Glencoe Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): hike along Minnehaha Walk, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then push the limits with Skydive Fox Glacier.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) trip site.

You can take a bus from Te Anau to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Fox Glacier
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:
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Skydive Fox Glacier ©
Skydive Fox Glacier
Ski The Tasman ©
Ski The Tasman
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook

1
night
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 28th (Mon), look for gifts at Souvenir Outlet, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Taupo takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway
Boat Tours & Water Sports

1
night
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 29th (Tue), get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, explore the striking landscape of Te Porere Redoubt, then get a bird's-eye view with Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, and finally trek along Ridge Track.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tongariro National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Tongariro National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

2
nights
Rotorua

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On your second day here, take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk, then steep yourself in history at Te Puia, then identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Wikitoria Maori Healing.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

1
night
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 2nd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Auckland itinerary maker website.

Drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in October, plan for slightly colder days in Auckland, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Shopping
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki ©
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

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