14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand journey planner

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Fly to Auckland International Airport, Drive to Waitomo Caves
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 1 night
Fly
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Wellington
— 2 nights
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Waitomo Caves

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, hike along Ruakuri Walk, then surround yourself with nature on Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, and finally get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Waitomo Caves trip planning app.

Washington, USA to Waitomo Caves is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:

Tongariro National Park

— 3 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ohakune Old Coach Road and Taranaki Falls. Kids will appreciate attractions like Active Outdoor Adventures and Silica Rapids Track. And it doesn't end there: hike along Rotopounamu Track, stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk, and admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls.

Discover how to plan a Tongariro National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:

Taupo

— 3 nights

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Kids will appreciate attractions like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Craters of the Moon, cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and take in nature's colorful creations at Lava Glass.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip builder site.

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Rotorua

— 2 nights

Sulphur City

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Te Puia, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rotorua trip planning site.

You can drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Rotorua are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

Paihia

— 1 night
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 16th (Sat): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for gifts at Paihia Bookshop, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paihia online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Paihia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:

Wellington

— 2 nights

Harbour Capital

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's and then identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Wellington trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Paihia to Wellington in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Wellington sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 54°F at night. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wellington

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:

New Zealand travel guide

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Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.