14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Paihia
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Rotorua
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Queenstown
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Adelaide

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Paihia Harbour and Tapeka Point Track. Your inner history buff will appreciate Christ Church and St Paul's Anglican Church. Explore Paihia's surroundings by going to Tane Mahuta Walk (in Opononi) and Russell (Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, Pompallier Mission and Printery, & more). There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paihia day trip planning website .

Adelaide, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Adelaide to Paihia, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Russell, Tane Mahuta Walk, KeriKeri New Zealand
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Rotorua

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Mt Maunganui Main Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Horseback Riding Tours and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. Explore Rotorua's surroundings by going to Mount Maunganui Base Track (in Mount Maunganui), Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool (in Wai-O-Tapu) and Huka Falls Walkway (in Taupo). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael's Catholic Church, learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery, and take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotorua sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tauranga, River Rafting & Tubing, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Huka Falls Walkway, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 28:
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Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
River Rafting & Tubing
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Chard Farm Winery and Stoneridge Estate & Bald Hills Cellar Door. Get outdoors at Arrowtown Village and Queenstown Hill. Change things up with these side-trips from Queenstown: Wanaka (Rippon Vineyard & Wanaka). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Remarkables Ski Area, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get your game on at Dark Ride.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Queenstown trip builder app .

You can fly from Rotorua to Queenstown in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Wanaka, Arrowtown Village
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 3:
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The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Wanaka ©
Wanaka
Safaris

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