14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Taupo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  8​h 45​min
4
Fox Glacier
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h
7
Paihia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
End: Auckland

1
night
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and then view the masterpieces at Tukairangi Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): kick back and relax at Kinloch Beach, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then take in the natural beauty of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, and finally stroll through Huka Falls Walkway.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Taupo holiday planner .

Auckland to Taupo is an approximately 3-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, explore the landscape on two wheels at Ohakune Old Coach Road, and then stroll through Mead's Wall.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Whakapapa itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Whakapapa takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then hike along Ruakuri Walk, and finally get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Whakapapa to Waitomo Caves in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Waitomo Clay Birds

1
night
Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
On the 5th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Moraine Walk and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fox Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Minnehaha Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gillespies Beach, and finally hike along Terrace Walk.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fox Glacier trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Waitomo Caves to Fox Glacier in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Franz Josef
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Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Minnehaha Walk ©
Minnehaha Walk

2
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.
On the 7th (Sun), get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, do a tasting at Peregrine Wines, then learn about winemaking at Chard Farm Winery, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, do a tasting at Stoneridge Estate & Bald Hills Cellar Door, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronet Peak.

Find out how to plan Queenstown trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak
Peregrine Wines ©
Peregrine Wines

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Milford Sound and Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, hike along Lake Gunn, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Marian Track.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Te Anau driving holiday tool .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, and then steep yourself in history at KeriKeri New Zealand. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Paihia using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Te Anau to Paihia in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

KeriKeri New Zealand
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour

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