52 days in Taiwan Itinerary

52 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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52 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  19​h
1
Taipei
— 14 nights
train:  3​h
2
Tainan
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Taichung
— 10 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Hengchun
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
5
Xiulin
— 3 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
6
Magong
— 6 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Zhushan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Shimen
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Auckland

14
nights
Taipei

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The Botanical Garden, Fine Arts Museum, Taipei Story House, and other attractions. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lanyang Museum and Dihua Street. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Shilin Nightmarket, wander the streets of Ximending, ponder the world of politics at Presidential Office Building, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Taipei Zoo.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Taipei online driving holiday planner .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Taipei is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and subway. Traveling from Auckland Central to Taipei, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland Central in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Taipei: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 22°C at night. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel to Taitung City.

Things to do in Taipei

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

New Taipei, Lanyang Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lanyang Museum ©
Lanyang Museum
Miniatures Museum of Taipei ©
Miniatures Museum of Taipei
Dihua Street ©
Dihua Street

8
nights
Tainan

Tainan ©
The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Head to Dream Mall and Taroko Parkfor some retail therapy. Shennong Street and National Museum of Taiwan Literature are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Chimei Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tainan trip planning website .

Take a train from Taipei to Tainan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, flight, and taxi. On the 29th (Thu), you're off toTaichung.

Things to do in Tainan

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kaohsiung
Highlights from your plan
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
National Museum of Taiwan Literature ©
Shennong Street ©
Shennong Street

10
nights
Taichung

Taichung ©
Known its good weather, Taichung boasts an interesting set of cultural attractions, including many temples showing the development of religious architectural styles in the area and forming focal points for most tours of Taichung.
Lukang Folk Arts Museum has been added to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like National Museum of Natural Science and Yichung Shopping Street. Step out of the city life by going to Sun Moon Lake and Wuling Farm. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of XinShe Castle, stop by Carton King Creative Park - Dakeng, and admire the masterpieces at Asia University Museum of Modern Art.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Taichung road trip website .

You can drive from Tainan to Taichung in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 9th (Sun), you're off toHengchun.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Lukang Folk Arts Museum, Sun Moon Lake
Highlights from your plan
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
National Museum of Natural Science ©
Yichung Shopping Street ©
Yichung Shopping Street

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium and Paradise of Deer.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hengchun travel planning site .

You can drive from Taichung to Hengchun in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, Hengchun is somewhat warmer than Taichung - with highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Xiulin.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Xiulin

Xiulin ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Mukumugi Valley and Cave of Water Curtain. Get in touch with nature at Taroko Gorge and Shakadang Trail. Go for a jaunt from Xiulin to Nan'ao to see Emerld Peak Lake about 1h 30 min away.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Xiulin visit planner.

Getting from Hengchun to Xiulin by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Magong.

Things to do in Xiulin

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Emerld Peak Lake
Highlights from your plan
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Shakadang Trail ©
Shakadang Trail
Mukumugi Valley ©
Mukumugi Valley

6
nights
Magong

Magong
Most visitors take a trip to Magong to see Penghu's iconic landmark, the famed Tianhou Gong Mazu temple, honoring the Chinese sea goddess and dating back to the 16th century.
Magong is known for beaches, historic sites, museums, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Serpent Head Mountain.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Magong trip maker site .

You can fly from Xiulin to Magong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Zhushan.

Things to do in Magong

Parks Nature

4
nights
Zhushan

Zhushan ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shuiyang Forest.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Zhushan trip tool .

Traveling by car from Magong to Zhushan takes 8.5 hours. December in Zhushan sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. You'll set off for Shimen on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Zhushan

Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shuiyang Forest ©
Shuiyang Forest

3
nights
Shimen

Shimen ©
You've now added Laomei Green Reef to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Shimen to Jinshan to see Jinshan Jinbaoli Old Street about 34 minutes away.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Shimen road trip site .

Getting from Zhushan to Shimen by car takes about 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Shimen are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 28th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Shimen

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

New Taipei
Highlights from your plan
Laomei Green Reef ©
Laomei Green Reef
Juming Museum ©
Juming Museum

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