14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  21​h
1
Queenstown
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Waihi Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Whitianga
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Waitomo Caves
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Rotorua
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Dubai

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): trek along Ben Lomond Track. Keep things going the next day: trek along Queenstown Hill, contemplate the long history of Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, and then get outside with Arrowtown Village.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Queenstown vacation planning website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Queenstown is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Waihi Beach.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Arrowtown
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Ben Lomond Track ©
Ben Lomond Track
Queenstown Hill ©
Queenstown Hill
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
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 20th (Wed): stroll through Whiritoa Beach and then stroll through Waihi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Whangamata Beach, stroll through Opoutere Surf Beach, and then trek along Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Waihi Beach driving holiday website .

Explore your travel options from Queenstown to Waihi Beach with the Route module. In February in Waihi Beach, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Whitianga.

Things to do in Waihi Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Whiritoa Beach, Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway, Whangamata Beach, Opoutere Surf Beach
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Whangamata Beach ©
Whangamata Beach
Whiritoa Beach ©
Whiritoa Beach

2
nights
Whitianga

Whitianga ©
Whitianga is a town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Otama Beach, take in the natural beauty of The Lost Spring, then make a trip to Stu's Wild Pig Farm, then identify plant and animal life at Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, and finally kick back and relax at Hahei Beach Walk. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Matarangi Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Whangapoua Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kauri Block Track.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Whitianga trip builder tool .

Getting from Waihi Beach to Whitianga by car takes about 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Whitianga are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Whitianga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Otama Beach, Whangapoua Beach, Kauri Block Track, Hahei Beach Walk, Matarangi Beach
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Otama Beach ©
Otama Beach
Matarangi Beach ©
Matarangi Beach
Hahei Beach Walk ©
Hahei Beach Walk

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Waitomo Caves trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Whitianga to Waitomo Caves takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Ruakuri Walk ©
Ruakuri Walk

5
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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Waimangu Volcanic Valley will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park and Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotorua: Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool (in Wai-O-Tapu) and Huka Falls tracks (in Taupo). There's much more to do: experience rural life at Agrodome, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, take in the natural beauty of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rotokakahi.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotorua trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, Huka Falls Walkway, Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
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Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park ©
Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
Waimangu Volcanic Valley ©
Waimangu Volcanic Valley
River Rafting & Tubing

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