14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  26​h
1
Paihia
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Waihi Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Whitianga
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Newark

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church, then steep yourself in history at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, then identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and finally fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, then take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia holiday planning tool .

Newark, USA to Paihia is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is 17 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trip

Kerikeri
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

4
nights
Rotorua

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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park and Agrodome. Take a break from Rotorua with a short trip to Huka Falls tracks in Taupo, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, explore the activities along Lake Rotorua, have some family-friendly fun at OGO Rotorua, and identify plant and animal life at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rotorua trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in February, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Waihi Beach.

Things to do in Rotorua

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Huka Falls tracks, Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park ©
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Waihi Beach

Waihi Beach ©
Waihi Beach is a coastal town at the western end of the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Whiritoa Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Opoutere Surf Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Anzac Bay, learn about winemaking at Leveret Estate Winery and Cellar Door, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway, and finally stroll through Whangamata Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Waihi Beach trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotorua to Waihi Beach takes 2 hours. February in Waihi Beach sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Whitianga.

Things to do in Waihi Beach

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Opoutere Surf Beach, Whangamata Beach, Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway, Leveret Estate Winery and Cellar Door, Whiritoa Beach
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Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach
Anzac Bay ©
Anzac Bay
Leveret Estate Winery and Cellar Door ©

4
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Escape the urban bustle at Opito Bay Beach and Pauanui Beach. Relax by the water at Whangapoua Beach and Hot Water Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitianga: New Chums Beach (in Whangapoua), Mount Paku (in Tairua) and Hahei Beach Walk (in Hahei). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Otama Beach, stop by Bread & Butter Gallery, take in the natural beauty of The Lost Spring, and explore and take pictures at Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Whitianga visit planning tool .

Traveling by car from Waihi Beach to Whitianga takes 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Whitianga are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitianga

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Kuaotunu, Whangapoua, Stu's Wild Pig Farm, Hot Water Beach, Hahei Beach Walk
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Whangapoua Beach ©
Whangapoua Beach
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Otama Beach ©
Otama Beach

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