14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 1 night
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Taxi to Whangarei Airport, Fly to Hamilton Airport, Taxi to Waitomo Caves
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Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive
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Tongariro National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
— 3 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
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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.
On the 15th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with She's a Lady Sailing Adventures. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then admire the striking features of St Paul's Anglican Church.

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Sydney, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Paihia is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Tongariro National Park

— 1 night
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Mangawhero Falls, get to know the fascinating history of Ohakune Old Coach Road, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and finally trek along Taranaki Falls.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tongariro National Park trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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 19th (Wed), push the limits with an extreme tour, take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Taupo, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, and finally gear up at Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Taupo trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Te Puia and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Buried Village of Te Wairoa and Rotorua Museum. Next up on the itinerary: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua journey builder app.

Drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Rotorua sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu).

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)

— 3 nights
Get in touch with nature at Hooker Valley Track and Fox Glacier South Side Walk. Venture out of the city with trips to Fox Glacier (River Walk, Moraine Walk, &more).

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Rotorua to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Queenstown.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, and finally get your game on at Skyline Queenstown. On your second day here, push the limits with an extreme tour, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, do a tasting at Chard Farm Winery, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally stroll through Queenstown Hill.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip itinerary website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) to Queenstown. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Fun & Games

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.