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:  6​h 45​min
1
Auckland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Rotorua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Whakapapa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Wellington
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Queenstown
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Te Anau
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  10​h
End: Brisbane

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.
On the 12th (Mon), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then brush up on your military savvy at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyTower.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Auckland trip maker tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to New Zealand Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in July, you will find days in Auckland are slightly colder (13°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rotorua.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours Museums
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SkyTower ©
SkyTower
Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotorua: Taupo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Huka Falls Walkway, & more) and Hobbiton Movie Set (in Hinuera). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and learn about winemaking at Volcanic Hills Winery.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua online holiday planner .

Getting from Auckland to Rotorua by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Auckland in July since evenings lows in Rotorua dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Whakapapa.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taupo, Hobbiton Movie Set
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Zipline
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Hobbiton Movie Set

2
nights
Whakapapa

Whakapapa ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Tawhai Falls, and then hike along Horsemtrails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): hike along Silica Rapids Track and then trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Whakapapa online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Whakapapa takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Whakapapa

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tongariro National Park
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Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Silica Rapids Track ©
Silica Rapids Track

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at The Great War Exhibition, take an in-depth tour of Wellington Museum, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Wellington online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Whakapapa to Wellington by car takes about 4.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Wellington are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Historic Sites Transportation
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The Great War Exhibition ©
The Great War Exhibition
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.
Queenstown is known for fun & games, adventure, wildlife, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown, take in the exciting artwork at Queenstown Arts Centre, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the awesome beauty at The Remarkables Ski Area.

Plan my trip to Queenstown with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Skyline Queenstown ©
Skyline Queenstown
The Remarkables Ski Area ©
The Remarkables Ski Area
Coronet Peak ©
Coronet Peak

3
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.
Te Anau is known for nature, trails, nightlife, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, look for all kinds of wild species at Doubtful Sound, stroll through Gertrude Saddle, and trek along Lake Gunn.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Te Anau road trip tool .

Traveling by bus from Queenstown to Te Anau takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Fiordland National Park
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Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Marian Track ©
Lake Marian Track

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