14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— Few hours
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
2
Te Anau
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
5
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
7
Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Auckland

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Auckland

Auckland ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at Auckland War Memorial Museum, then stop by Pauanesia, and then don't miss a visit to SkyTower.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Auckland road trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Auckland. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Shopping
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Pauanesia ©
Pauanesia

3
nights
Te Anau

Te Anau ©
Set among the picturesque peaks and glacially carved fiords of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau offers those wishing to explore the park a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small town in an enviable location.
Go for a jaunt from Te Anau to Milford to see Milford Foreshore Walk about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, take some stellar pictures from Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, and hike along The Chasm Walk.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Te Anau trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Auckland to Te Anau in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Queenstown.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Fiordland National Park, Milford Foreshore Walk
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Hollyford Track ©
Hollyford Track

3
nights
Queenstown

Queenstown ©
Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by bus from Te Anau to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Fun & Games
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

1
night
Wellington

Wellington
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Wellington trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Queenstown to Wellington takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In November in Wellington, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington Botanic Garden ©
Wellington Botanic Garden

3
nights
Rotorua

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 Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera) and Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, explore and take pictures at Te Puia, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Rotorua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway

1
night
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally hike along Ruakuri Walk.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Rotorua to Waitomo Caves by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Cave
Ruakuri Cave

2
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
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 28th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Paihia travel planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Waitomo Caves to Paihia in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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