14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Napier
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Wellington
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
6
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Sydney

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): get impressive views of Mount Eden, then learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then look for gifts at Pauanesia, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Auckland tour planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, you will find days in Auckland are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Craters of the Moon and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. On the 31st (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon, look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Great Lake Taupo and then hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Taupo travel planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Auckland to Taupo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Napier.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing

1
night
Napier

Napier ©
Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
On the 2nd (Thu), steep yourself in history at Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Aquarium of New Zealand, and then make a trip to Marine Parade.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Napier driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Taupo to Napier in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Napier

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Otatara Pa Historic Reserve Walk
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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National Aquarium of New Zealand ©
National Aquarium of New Zealand
Marine Parade ©
Marine Parade

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cuba Street as well as Weta Workshop. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get great views at Mount Victoria and then identify plant and animal life at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pick up some new knowledge with Weta Workshop, steep yourself in history at Wellington Cable Car, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a stroll through Cuba Street, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Wellington tour builder website .

You can fly from Napier to Wellington in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary ©
ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
Weta Workshop ©
Weta Workshop
Wellington Cable Car ©
Wellington Cable Car

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Queenstown Fishing. On your second day here, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Queenstown trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Fun & Games Outdoors Wildlife
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Queenstown Fishing ©
Queenstown Fishing

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): hike along The Chasm Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, then hike along Milford Foreshore Walk, and then explore the activities along Lake Gunn.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Te Anau road trip planning site .

You can take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Gunn, Milford Foreshore Walk
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
The Chasm Walk ©
The Chasm Walk
Lake Gunn ©
Lake Gunn

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