14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Auckland
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
5
Christchurch
— 1 night
6
Queenstown
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
7
Te Anau
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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 15th (Wed): look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, admire all the interesting features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get in on the family fun at Action World. Here are some ideas for day two: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paihia trip maker site .

Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sky Tower.

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

Getting from Paihia to Auckland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Nightlife Zoos & Aquariums
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): stroll through Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park, then get in on the family fun at Huka Prawn Park, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then get in on the family fun at Mind Junction, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo journey maker app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Auckland to Taupo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Theme Parks Parks Tours

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Mind Junction ©
Mind Junction
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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 20th (Mon), take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, admire the natural beauty at Wellington Botanic Garden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wellington Zoo, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa).

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip planner .

You can fly from Taupo to Wellington in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

1
night
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then have fun at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and finally see the interesting displays at International Antarctic Centre.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Christchurch trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Wellington to Christchurch in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Wellington in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Christchurch, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Christchurch

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
International Antarctic Centre ©
International Antarctic Centre

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Christchurch to Queenstown in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Speed Boats Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
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.
Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, pause for some photo ops at Quintin Mackinnon Monument, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Wildlife

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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