14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Paihia

— 2 nights
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.
Visiting Swim with Dolphins and Paihia Harbour will get you outdoors. Waitangi Treaty Grounds and St Paul's Anglican Church will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, grab your bike and head to Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Opua Forest Lookout Track, and find something for the whole family at Action World.

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Auckland to Paihia is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Queenstown.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Queenstown

— 2 nights

Shallow Bay

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 5th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and then get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown trip app.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Queenstown takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Queenstown

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Tongariro National Park

— 3 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will enjoy Taranaki Falls and Mounds Walk. There's lots more to do: trek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Silica Rapids Track, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tama Lakes.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park planning site.

Fly from Queenstown to Tongariro National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to take a shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Taupo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, enjoy some diversion at Huka Prawn Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Taupo Museum, then make a trip to Maori Rock Carvings, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

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Traveling by shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Rotorua

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Te Puia and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and Horseback Riding Tours. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, get outside with Outdoor Activities, delve into the lush surroundings at Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, and make a trip to Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua journey maker site.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Rotorua sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.