14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Auckland
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Tongariro National Park
— 3 nights
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Taupo
— 1 night
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Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hastings
— 1 night
Drive
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Masterton
— 1 night
Drive
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Wellington
— 1 night
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Queenstown
— 4 nights
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Auckland

City of Sails

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.
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Sydney, Australia to Auckland is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Auckland. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect nights in Auckland to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 15°C. On the 26th (Mon), you'll travel to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Auckland

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

Tongariro National Park

— 3 nights
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Family-friendly places like Turoa Ski Area and Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu will thrill your kids.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Auckland to Tongariro National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
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Taupo

— 1 night

Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
You've now added Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): cool off at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Taupo online tour planner.

You can take a shuttle from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Spas · Nature · Theme Parks · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:

Rotorua

— 2 nights

Sulphur City

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.
You've now added Tamaki Maori Village to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set and then take a peaceful walk through Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Te Puia and then get a taste of local nightlife at Tamaki Maori Village.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Taupo to Rotorua in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sun) before leaving for Hastings.

Things to do in Rotorua

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Nightlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

Hastings

— 1 night
Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hastings trip planning website.

Getting from Rotorua to Hastings by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll set off for Masterton on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Hastings

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:

Masterton

— 1 night
Masterton is a large town in the Wellington Region of New Zealand and the seat of the Masterton District . On the 3rd (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Cobblestones Museum and then explore the activities along Henley Lake.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Masterton trip planner.

You can drive from Hastings to Masterton in 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Masterton can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Masterton

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:
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Wellington

— 1 night

Harbour Capital

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 4th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and then catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington online route planner.

Traveling by car from Masterton to Wellington takes 1.5 hours. In October in Wellington, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. You'll set off for Queenstown on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Wellington

Museums · Transportation · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:

Queenstown

— 4 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Kids will enjoy Skyline Queenstown and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Queenstown to go to Mount Creighton and see Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, which is approximately 36 minutes away. On the 8th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of The Remarkables Ski Area. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the activities along Lake Wakatipu, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Queenstown travel route planning tool.

You can fly from Wellington to Queenstown in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

Hawke's Bay Region travel guide

4.5
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Mountains
Hiking across the gentle hills, seeing vineyard after picturesque vineyard, before stopping in for an award-winning glass from New Zealand's self-professed "Wine Country": a holiday in Hawke's Bay Region is perhaps best enjoyed at a leisurely pace. The warm climate makes it a great place for a walking or cycling trip, while the rugged coast yields exciting opportunities to observe of one of the world's largest gannet colonies. Art Deco-decked Napier, and its popular museums and galleries, offers a charming counterpoint to the lush greenery.