14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paihia
— 2 nights
2
Taupo
— 2 nights
3
Whakapapa
— 1 night
4
Te Anau
— 2 nights
5
Mt. Cook Village
— 1 night
6
Fox Glacier
— 2 nights
7
Queenstown
— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, thencontemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, thensee some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally look for gifts at The Cabbage Tree Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, thensteep yourself in history at Pompallier Mission and Printery, and finally view the masterpieces at Masterpieces Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Paihia trip planning tool.

Brisbane, Australia to Paihia is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Brisbane to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow 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

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Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
On the 22nd (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Lava Glass, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, thenplay a few rounds at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, thensavor the flavors at Taupo Market, and finally hike along Huka Falls Walkway. On your second day here, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, thentake in the exciting artwork at L'Arte, thenpaddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Taupo trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Paihia to Taupo in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. 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

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night
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
The country's largest ski resort brings winter sports enthusiasts from all over New Zealand, while a series of short volcano walks as well as numerous alpine crossings make it easy to hike on your Whakapapa trip throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): hike along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, get where you need to go with Tongariro Crossing Shuttles, thentrek along Whakapapa Nature Walk, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Whakapapa trip builder.

Drive from Taupo to Whakapapa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time 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
Whakapapa Nature Walk ©
Whakapapa Nature Walk

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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.
Get outdoors at Milford Sound and Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Step out of Te Anau with an excursion to Bowen Falls in Milford Sound--about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Doubtful Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Te Anau Bird Sanctuary, stroll through Kepler Track, and trek along Lake Gunn.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Te Anau online trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Whakapapa to Te Anau. Wrap up 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

Bowen Falls, Lake Gunn
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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.
On the 28th (Tue), head outdoors with Aoraki/Mt. Cook, thentrek along Hooker Valley Track, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Kea Point Track, and finally trek along Red Tarns Track.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mt. Cook Village online trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Te Anau to Mt. Cook Village. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fox Glacier.

Things to do in Mt. Cook Village

Outdoors Parks Trails

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

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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier ©
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Glacier Hiking Trails, kick back and relax at Gillespies Beach, and then view the masterpieces at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, hike along Franz Josef Glacier, hike along Fox Glacier South Side Walk, thentrek along Moraine Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fox Route.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Fox Glacier trip planner.

Drive from Mt. Cook Village to Fox Glacier in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Franz Josef Glacier
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Franz Josef Glacier ©
Franz Josef Glacier
Gillespies Beach ©
Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier South Side Walk ©
Fox Glacier South Side Walk

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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 31st (Fri), browse the exhibits of Queenstown Arts Centre, identify plant and animal life at Kiwi Birdlife Park, have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, thentake a memorable tour with Tours, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Amisfield Cellar Door, thenrace across the water with a speed boat tour, thenhunt for treasures at Remarkables Market, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Queenstown trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fox Glacier to Queenstown takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

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

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