14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Taupo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Whakapapa
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
4
Te Anau
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

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 20th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally stop by The Cabbage Tree Shop. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a memorable tour with Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, then steep yourself in history at Pompallier Mission and Printery, and finally explore the galleries of Masterpieces Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paihia online tour planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Brisbane to Paihia, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Masterpieces Art Gallery, Pompallier Mission and Printery
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): view the masterpieces at Lava Glass, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, then tee off at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, then browse the fresh offerings at Taupo Market, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Tours, then view the masterpieces at L'Arte, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

Plan my day in Taupo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Taupo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trip

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

1
night
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, then hike along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and finally admire the sheer force of Taranaki Falls.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Whakapapa driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Taupo to Whakapapa takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Te Anau.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles ©
Tongariro Crossing Shuttles

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.
Visiting Milford Sound and Te Anau Glowworm Caves will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound (about 1h 05 min away). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Doubtful Sound, trek along The Chasm Walk, identify plant and animal life at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, and stroll through Lake Gunn.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Te Anau trip itinerary planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Whakapapa to Te Anau. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mt. Cook Village.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Lake Gunn, Bowen Falls
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Kepler Track ©
Kepler Track

1
night
Mt. Cook Village

Mt. Cook Village ©
Siting under towering peaks of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, then stroll through Hooker Valley Track, then trek along Kea Point Track, and finally stroll through Red Tarns Track.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mt. Cook Village online road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
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Hooker Valley Track ©
Hooker Valley Track
Aoraki/Mt. Cook ©
Aoraki/Mt. Cook
Kea Point Track ©
Kea Point Track

2
nights
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 29th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Fox Glacier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gillespies Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery. On your second day here, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, trek along Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk, then trek along Moraine Walk, and finally trek along Mount Fox Route.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fox Glacier online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
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Fox Glacier ©
Fox Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Queenstown Arts Centre, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiwi Birdlife Park, then have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Amisfield Cellar Door, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then hunt for treasures at Remarkables Market, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Queenstown trip planning tool .

You can drive from Fox Glacier to Queenstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
Kiwi Birdlife Park ©
Kiwi Birdlife Park
Zipline

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