14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Fly
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus
2
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Bus to Queenstown, Fly to Paihia
3
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Taupo
— 2 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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip builder.

New Plymouth to Queenstown is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games
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Te Anau

— 4 nights
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
On the 31st (Fri), hike the day away at Hollyford Track. Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring at Doubtful Sound. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, hike along The Chasm Walk, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

Before you visit Te Anau, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.
On the 3rd (Mon), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paihia Harbour, then admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then play a few rounds at Waitangi Golf Club.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paihia day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
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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.
Rotorua is known for nature, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a stroll through Eat Street, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua vacation planner.

You can fly from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
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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 8th (Sat): push the limits with an extreme tour, take in the natural beauty of Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, and then hike along Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
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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.