14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Start: Invercargill
Drive:  2 h 15 min
1
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Christchurch
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Taupo
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Invercargill

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.
Attractions like Skyline Queenstown and Boat Tours & Water Sports make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area, don't miss a visit to Fallen Soldiers Memorial, see Off-Road Tours, and tee off at Queenstown Golf Club.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Queenstown online driving holiday planner.

Invercargill to Queenstown is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Christchurch.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Spas

2
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
On the 8th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michaels and All Angels, thenlet the kids burn off some steam at Margaret Mahy Family Playground, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Southern Encounter. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable ride with Christchurch Gondola, thenhave fun at Velocity Karts, thenmeet the residents at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and finally examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Christchurch takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Christchurch, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve ©
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

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 10th (Fri), meet the residents at Wellington Zoo, thentake an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Wellington holiday planner.

You can fly from Christchurch to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Christchurch in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Wellington, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington Zoo ©
Wellington Zoo
The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Attractions like Zipline and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Taupo with an excursion to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland in Rotorua--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, get in on the family fun at Mind Junction, stop by Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire, and try out the rides at Huka Prawn Park.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Taupo day trip planning tool.

Getting from Wellington to Taupo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Auckland.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Prawn Park ©
Huka Prawn Park
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
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 14th (Tue): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, thenenjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, thenlook for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower. On the next day, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Auckland Zoo, learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, and then kick back and relax at Cheltenham Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Auckland trip maker tool.

Fly from Taupo to Auckland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Auckland are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wineries

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo

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 16th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, thenget in on the family fun at Action World, and finally contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by Paihia Bookshop, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

KeriKeri New Zealand
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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