14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paihia
— 1 night
2
Rotorua
— 4 nights
3
Waihi Beach
— 2 nights
4
Whitianga
— 4 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church, thenadmire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paihia trip itinerary maker.

Newark, USA to Paihia is an approximately 25-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Newark to Paihia due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife Parks 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Redwoods Treewalk. Escape the urban bustle at Huka Falls Walkway and Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, experience rural life at Agrodome, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotorua.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Rotorua takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Waihi Beach.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Huka Falls Walkway, Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave ©
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave

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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. On the 9th (Sat), kick back and relax at Whiritoa Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Opoutere Surf Beach. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Anzac Bay, thendo a tasting at Leveret Estate Winery and Cellar Door, thentrek along Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway, and finally stroll through Whangamata Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Waihi Beach online road trip planner.

You can drive from Rotorua to Waihi Beach in 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Waihi Beach can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Waihi Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Visit Hahei Beach Walk and Whangapoua Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Mount Paku and Hot Water Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitianga: Opito Bay Beach (in Kuaotunu), New Chums Beach (in Whangapoua) and Pauanui Beach (in Pauanui). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, make a trip to The Lost Spring, tour the pleasant surroundings at Otama Beach, and stop by Bread & Butter Gallery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Whitianga journey maker site.

You can drive from Waihi Beach to Whitianga in 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuaotunu, Whangapoua, Mount Paku, Hahei Beach Walk, Hot Water Beach
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Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve ©
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk
Mount Paku ©
Mount Paku

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