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
bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Taupo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Tongariro National Park
— 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 4th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Auckland War Memorial Museum, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then make a trip to Sky Tower.

Start your trip to Auckland by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

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. When traveling from Brisbane in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Taupo.

Things to do in Auckland

Museums Fun & Games
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Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower
Auckland War Memorial Museum ©
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Taupo

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taupo: Rotorua (Lady Knox Geyser, Te Puia, & more). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the sheer force of Huka Falls Walkway, find something for the whole family at Huka Prawn Park, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Taupo trip builder tool .

Getting from Auckland to Taupo by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Rotorua
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Zipline

2
nights
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 8th (Thu), hike along Ridge Track, then trek along Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and then take in the pleasant sights at Mead's Wall. On your second day here, stroll through Whakapapa Nature Walk, then admire the sheer force of Tawhai Falls, and then trek along Horsemtrails.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Tongariro National Park day trip planning site .

You can drive from Taupo to Tongariro National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wellington.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Horsemtrails ©
Horsemtrails
Tawhai Falls ©
Tawhai Falls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, take in nature's colorful creations at Wellington Botanic Garden, then take a memorable ride with Wellington Cable Car, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Wellington trip builder .

You can drive from Tongariro National Park to Wellington in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. August in Wellington sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Queenstown.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Parks Transportation

Side Trip

Wellington Botanic Garden
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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, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get your game on at Skyline Queenstown, look for gifts at The Barn, hit the slopes at The Remarkables Ski Area, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Queenstown day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Wellington to Queenstown takes 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 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Te Anau.

Things to do in Queenstown

Parks Outdoors 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, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Milford Sound, get great views at Te Anau Lion Lookout Point, head outdoors with Bushbash - Day Wilderness Expeditions, and hike along Lake Gunn.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Te Anau trip maker .

Take a bus from Queenstown to Te Anau in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Te Anau

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Gunn
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Milford Sound ©
Milford Sound
Doubtful Sound ©
Doubtful Sound
Lake Gunn ©
Lake Gunn

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