14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  17​h
1
Auckland
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  3​h
2
Paihia
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h
5
Te Anau
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Beijing

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Eden as well as Auckland Zoo. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): meet the residents at Auckland Zoo, then get impressive views of Mount Eden, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

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

Beijing, China to Auckland is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Beijing to Auckland. While traveling from Beijing, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Auckland, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Zoo ©
Auckland Zoo
Mount Eden ©
Mount Eden

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 8th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, then admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paihia trip builder app .

You can drive from Auckland to Paihia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 10th (Sun), Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, and finally trek along Ruakuri Walk. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Waitomo Clay Birds, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors Tours Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rotorua side-trips: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, take a memorable tour with Tours, make a trip to Te Puia, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua day trip website .

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors Tours Parks

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

4
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.
Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Milford Foreshore Walk in Milford--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Milford Sound, identify plant and animal life at Doubtful Sound, trek along Lake Gunn, and explore the fascinating underground world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Te Anau trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Rotorua to Te Anau by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

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

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