14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand vacation builder

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Queenstown
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly
3
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly

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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 21st (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Silver Fern Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Coronet Peak, and have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip builder tool.

Hamburg, Germany to Queenstown is an approximately 33-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Hamburg to Queenstown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Wellington

— 1 night

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, then wander the streets of Cuba Street, and then get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Wellington trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Taupo.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Taupo

— 3 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.
Taupo is known for nature, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, stop by Huka Honey Hive, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Taupo road trip planner.

You can fly from Wellington to Taupo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Rotorua

— 2 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.
On the 28th (Wed), take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Helium Gallery. On your second day here, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Rotorua online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Taupo to Rotorua takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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 30th (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower, take an in-depth tour of Auckland Museum, then enjoy the thrill of live dance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheltenham Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Auckland journey site.

You can fly from Rotorua to Auckland in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Rotorua in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 13°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nightlife

Side Trip

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
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.