14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip itinerary builder

Make it your trip
Fly to Kerikeri Airport, Drive to Paihia
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Paihia
— 1 night
Fly
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
Drive
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Waihi Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Whitianga
— 4 nights
Drive to Auckland International Airport, Fly to Newark

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Paihia

— 1 night
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, admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, then stroll through Paihia Harbour, and finally get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Newark, USA to Paihia is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to New Zealand Standard Time is 17 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Rotorua.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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Rotorua

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park. Get outdoors at Huka Falls Walkway and Blue Lake Track. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, whizz through the canopy at Redwoods Treewalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lukes Anglican Church, and take in the natural beauty of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rotorua trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paihia to Rotorua takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 62°F. 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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:

Waihi Beach

— 2 nights
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, then do a tasting at Leveret & Mills Reef Winery and Cellar Door, then trek 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 75°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Whitianga.

Things to do in Waihi Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 10:

Whitianga

— 4 nights
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hot Water Beach and Whangapoua Beach. Get in touch with nature at Hahei Beach Walk and New Chums Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Whitianga: Opito Bay Beach (in Kuaotunu), Mount Paku (in Tairua) and Pauanui Beach (in Pauanui). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, look for gifts at Bread & Butter Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Otama Beach, and test the waters at The Lost Spring.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Whitianga trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Waihi Beach to Whitianga in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in February, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 14:

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.