14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Queenstown
— 2 nights
2
Paihia
— 2 nights
3
Tongariro National Park
— 2 nights
4
Taupo
— 3 nights
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
6
Auckland
— 1 night

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Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kids will enjoy Hollyford Track and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Queenstown Gardens, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip maker website.

Melbourne, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Melbourne to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Hollyford Track
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Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track
Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, see the world from above with Salt Air, and then add some adventure to your tour with Bay of Islands Kayaking. On your second day here, take the plunge with Skydive Bay of Islands and then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

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

Fly from Queenstown to Paihia in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Skydive Bay of Islands ©
Skydive Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Bay of Islands Kayaking ©
Bay of Islands Kayaking

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes, then stroll through Taranaki Falls, then get interesting insight from Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Tongariro National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour ©
Mountain Air Scenic Flights Day Tour
Tama Lakes ©
Tama Lakes
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Huka Falls Walkway and Huka Prawn Park. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, test your team's savvy at The Locked Room, make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo online route planner.

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Huka Falls Walkway
Huka Falls Walkway

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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.
Attractions like Zipline and Te Puia make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and relax in the rural setting at Agrodome.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rotorua trip planner.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rotorua are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Hobbiton Movie Set
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Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set
Agrodome ©
Agrodome
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park ©
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park

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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 3rd (Sun): enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, then take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Auckland: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nightlife
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium ©
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

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