16 days in Taiwan Itinerary

16 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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16 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  17​h
1
Nantou
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Alishan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Hengchun
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Taitung
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Hualien
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
6
New Taipei
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Auckland

3
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Nantou is known for nature, parks, theme parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Sun Moon Lake, get in on the family fun at Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, make a trip to Mona Rudao Memorial Stele, and take in the awesome beauty at Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan).

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nantou online holiday planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Nantou is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Nantou is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Auckland in September, expect nights in Nantou to be a bit warmer, around 28°C, while days are much hotter, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Alishan.

Things to do in Nantou

Parks Nature Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)

1
night
Alishan

Alishan ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shun Bao Fu De Temple, take a peaceful walk through Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tanayiku.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Alishan day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Nantou to Alishan in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hengchun.

Things to do in Alishan

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Shun Bao Fu De Temple ©
Shun Bao Fu De Temple

2
nights
Hengchun

Hengchun ©
Located on the southern tip of the eponymous peninsula, Hengchun serves as the entry point to Kenting National Park, often attracting more travelers than locals with its tropical beach resorts and bustling night markets.
On the 2nd (Wed), walk around Longpan Park and then explore the striking landscape of Kenting National Park. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Hengchun online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Alishan to Hengchun takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, daytime highs in Hengchun are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Taitung.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium
Highlights from your plan
Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Taitung

Taitung ©
Sitting between the mountains and the sea, Taitung offers pleasing scenery no matter what direction you face.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): look for gifts at Natural Tasty Healthy Confections and then head off the coast to Orchid Island(Lanyu). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Guanshan Bicycle Path and then head off the coast to Sanxiantai.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Taitung trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hengchun to Taitung takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hualien.

Things to do in Taitung

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Orchid Island(Lanyu) ©
Orchid Island(Lanyu)
Sanxiantai ©
Sanxiantai
Guanshan Bicycle Path ©
Guanshan Bicycle Path

2
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll around Chishingtan Scenic Area and then trek along Taroko Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): trek along Yanzihkou Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Ch'ing-shui Cliff.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hualien driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from Taitung to Hualien in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the train to New Taipei.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area
Ch'ing-shui Cliff ©
Ch'ing-shui Cliff

5
nights
New Taipei

New Taipei
Xinbei, also known as New Taipei City, stands as a newly founded part of the wider Taipei metropolitan area, stretching up from the capital to the island's northern coast.
Venture out of the city with trips to Qingan Temple (in Ren'ai District), Yangmingshan National Park (in Beitou) and National Palace Museum (in Shilin). There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101, don't miss a visit to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hsing Tian Kong.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read New Taipei online travel planner .

Getting from Hualien to New Taipei by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. October in New Taipei sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Taipei

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Taipei, Qingan Temple
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Yeh Liu Geo Park ©
Yeh Liu Geo Park
Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park

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