14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Auckland
— 1 night
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 1 night
Drive
5
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Auckland

— 1 night

City of Sails

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.
On the 4th (Wed), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Auckland vacation maker app.

Singapore, Singapore to Auckland is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Singapore to Auckland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in August, expect Auckland to be cooler, temps between 14°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Wineries · Tours · Shopping

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.
When in Rotorua, make a side trip to see Hobbiton Movie Set in Hinuera, approximately Hinuera away. The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, look for all kinds of wild species at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip itinerary website.

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Auckland in August since evenings lows in Rotorua dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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.
On the 8th (Sun), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then don't miss a visit to Maori Rock Carvings, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stop by Huka Honey Hive.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Taupo day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 1 night
On the 10th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Glencoe Walk, hit the slopes at Ski The Tasman, and then hike along Kea Point Track.

To find out how to plan a trip to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Taupo to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Te Anau

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the activities along Milford Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, relax and rejuvenate at Fiordland Massage Clinic, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Te Anau, and finally identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau online tour itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Te Anau. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Queenstown

— 4 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.
On the 13th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip maker tool.

Getting from Te Anau to Queenstown by bus takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature · Parks

New Zealand travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
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.