14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Milford Sound
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Milford Sound

— 2 nights

Eighth Wonder of the World

Carved by glaciers into a land of sheer cliffs, impressive waterfalls, and lush, meandering fjords, Milford Sound remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in New Zealand.
You've now added Mirror Lakes Walk to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Bowen Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Gunn, then hike along Lake Marian Track, and finally trek along Mirror Lakes Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Milford sound Hwy and then hike along Routeburn Track.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Milford Sound trip itinerary builder tool.

Mumbai, India to Milford Sound is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Milford Sound. You will leave for Queenstown on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Milford Sound

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips


— 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.
You've now added Milford Track to your itinerary. There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronet Peak, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Queenstown trip website.

Getting from Milford Sound to Queenstown by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip


— 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 23rd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wellington Zoo, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Wellington vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums


— 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Taupo (Huka Falls Walkway & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, kick your exploration up a notch at Redwoods Treewalk, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Michael's Catholic Church.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner.

Getting from Wellington to Rotorua by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Auckland.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip


— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, shop like a local with Devonport, then stop by Pauanesia, and finally make a trip to SkyTower.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Auckland in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Rotorua in May, Auckland is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

New Zealand travel guide

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.