14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus
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Wanaka
— 3 nights
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Dunedin
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly
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Paihia
— 3 nights
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glenorchy-Queenstown Road and Parasailing & Paragliding. Escape the urban bustle at Ben Lomond Track and Lake Wakatipu. And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, don't miss a visit to Arrowtown Village, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Queenstown travel route planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Queenstown is an approximately 6-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Queenstown due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Wanaka.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:

Wanaka

— 3 nights
Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka in the Otago region, Wanaka has become a popular ski and summer resort area, owing to its extensive views of the lake and its proximity to some of the best slopes in the country.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Wanaka and Mount Iron Track. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wanaka and Parasailing & Paragliding. There's much more to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Pools Track.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Wanaka online visit planner.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Wanaka takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Wanaka

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:

Dunedin

— 2 nights

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Otago Peninsula, get a new perspective on nature at Otago Museum, and then tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Penguin Place and then stroll through The Royal Albatross Centre.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dunedin route planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wanaka to Dunedin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Dunedin

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:

Rotorua

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Mount Maunganui Base Track. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave and Eat Street. Change things up with a short trip to Mt Maunganui Main Beach in Mount Maunganui (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, witness a stunning natural landmark at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Dunedin to Rotorua by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, daytime highs in Rotorua are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Paihia.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:

Paihia

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Swim with Dolphins and Paihia Harbour. Get some historical perspective at Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve and The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station. Go for a jaunt from Paihia to Russell to see Christ Church about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Parrot Place.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Paihia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Paihia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:

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.