14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Tongariro National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Tauranga
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Auckland

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Tiritiri Matangi Island and then meet the residents at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Auckland Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Auckland Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to Sky Tower.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Auckland trip maker website .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In May in Auckland, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Tiritiri Matangi Island ©
Tiritiri Matangi Island
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower

2
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at Classics Museum, stroll through Hamilton Zoo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hamilton New Zealand Temple, then see the interesting displays at Waikato Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ngarunui Beach, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sapper Horace Moore-Jones commemorative statue.

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Getting from Auckland to Hamilton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Raglan
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Ngarunui Beach ©
Ngarunui Beach
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the 28th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Ruakuri Cave, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, and finally head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds. On the next day, stroll through Ruakuri Walk, examine the collection at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition, take in the dramatic scenery at Marokopa Falls Walk, then explore the striking landscape at Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then explore the fascinating underground world of Caveworld, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Waitomo Caves travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get impressive views of Mount Ruapehu, then trek along Taranaki Falls, and then stroll through Ohakune Old Coach Road.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Tongariro National Park online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

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 31st (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Lava Glass, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and finally view the masterpieces at Tukairangi Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kinloch Beach, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally explore the galleries of L'Arte.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Taupo route planner .

Drive from Tongariro National Park to Taupo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:
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Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Real Rotorua. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): tour by night with Real Rotorua, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, steep yourself in history at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, then relax and rejuvenate at Hells Gate, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Redwoods Treewalk. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Buried Village of Te Wairoa, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then get impressive views of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and finally wander the streets of Eat Street.

Plan trip to Rotorua with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Rotorua

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Hells Gate, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
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River Rafting & Tubing
Real Rotorua ©
Real Rotorua
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park

3
nights
Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): work some fitness into your day at Rimu Walk, immerse yourself in nature at Mount Otanewainuku, hike along Mount Maunganui Base Track, then kick back and relax at Mt Maunganui Main Beach, and finally examine the collection at The Elms. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the geological forces at White Island Volcano, hike along Mount Maunganui Summit Track, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pilot Bay.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tauranga trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Tauranga takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 6th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mount Otanewainuku, White Island Volcano, Rimu Walk
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:
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White Island Volcano ©
White Island Volcano
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Pilot Bay ©
Pilot Bay

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