19 April 2016

2 Week New Zealand Itinerary

by Kate Baxter

2 weeks in New Zealand

So, you’ve booked your tickets, your bags are packed and you’re ready to begin your epic New Zealand adventure, but where do you start?

This magical land of Hobbits, bungee jumps and jet boats is full to the brim with fun-filled activities and incredible things to see and do, now all you need is a helpful travel itinerary for your 2 weeks in New Zealand. That’s where we come in! This article will help you navigate the stunning landscape, through some of our best bits, from one unique experience to another, to get the most of your holiday.

Planning a trip to New Zealand? Then you’re probably going to want to start at the top and work your way down; from the North Island to the South Island. Over your two weeks in New Zealand, you’ll have ample time to drive, fly and explore this beautiful country of ours.

Map of New Zealand

Day 1. Land In Auckland

Take the day to settle into your new surroundings and shake off the jetlag. Eat, sleep and enjoy New Zealand’s largest city a little. We suggest taking a gentle stroll from Sky Tower, offering spectacular panoramic views of the whole city, down to Viaduct Harbour and its fleet of luxury yachts and sporting sailboats.

Day 2. Big Day Out In Auckland

There are plenty of great ways to explore the city and its surrounding areas, but we recommend an Explorer Bus, that will let you hop on and off until your heart's content and you’ve discovered the Auckland’s main attractions.

With so much to see and do, we suggest wearing a comfortable pair of walking shoes to help you get around and some sort of raincoat, for the typical New Zealand weather.

Day 3. The Road To Rotorua

In less than three hours, you can drive from Auckland to the idyllic rural town of Rotorua. Here you’ll begin the nature gazing part of your trip, starting with Agrodome, an authentic New Zealand farm experience with an interactive tour and show featuring a host of amazing animals. Agrodome is a fun activity for all animal lovers.

Agrodome Farm Show, Rotorua

Agrodome Farm Show

Day 4. Go Wild At Rainbow Springs

Can’t get enough of the animals? Then check out Rainbow Springs, New Zealand’s best wildlife park. A great day out for both kids and parents, you’ll love the iconic Big Splash boat ride, the low flying Exotic Bird Show and up-close animal encounters.

Rainbow Springs Big Splash, Rotorua

Rainbow Springs Big Splash

Day 5. Adventure Awaits You In Taupo

If you’re looking for heart­pounding adventures and jaw-dropping views, you’ll discover some amazing things to see and do in Taupo. Enjoy a slow drive to scenic Lake Taupo and enjoy the tranquil surroundings before the excitement begins. One of New Zealand's top natural attractions and most visited tourist sites, the best way to explore the area and its amazing Huka Falls, is with a guided jet boat tour. Hukafalls Jet is the only guided boat operator allowed to deliver you to the base of the impressive Huka Falls. So, buckle up and get ready for a wet and wild adventure.

Day 6 & 7. Wellington

A slow, half day drive from Lake Taupo, winding through the forests, and you’re in Wellington. A must for your travel Itinerary, New Zealand's capital city is not to be missed. Just like in Auckland, we recommend a Hop On Hop Off Bus tour to help get you situated. With a day in the capital, you can easily visit all the main attractions; the Botanical Gardens, Te Papa (the national museum), and ride the cable car with uninterrupted city views.

Once you’ve got your bearings, take some time to explore the city at your own pace. There’s a great selection of hidden bars and restaurants just waiting to be discovered.

Day 8. North Island To South Island

Day 8 is another travel day, but as far as journeys go, the drive and ferry between North and South Islands will be one of the highlights of your trip.

The 31/2 hour ferry ride over the Cook Strait, book­ended by Wellington and Picton, delivers stunning scenery and a better understanding of the remoteness and beauty of this part of the world.

Day 9. Christchurch

Use Christchurch as a launch­pad, and you’ll find hundreds of great tourist attractions and activities in the wider area. There’s whale watching, winery tours and a number of cycling and walking options to choose from. However, if you want to take it easy, the garden city offers great shopping, dining and drinking options too.

Day 10. Go West To Franz Josef

Franz Josef Township is the small town with a very big glacier. Here, you’ll find a friendly welcome and the impressive Franz Josef Glacier. The best way to explore one of New Zealand’s top tourist attractions is with Franz Josef Glacier Guides. This local tour operator offers a number of different guided tours, from a Glacier Valley Walk to the more action-packed Heli­Hike or Ice Explorer activities.

Come in from the ice and relax in the Glacier Hot Pools, a luxurious pool oasis in the heart of glacier country. Let the warming waters wash over you and rejuvenate ready for the next leg of your journey.

Day 11. Fiordland National Park

Your journey to the Fiordland National Park begins in the quaint, lakeside town of Te Anau. From there you can explore the park’s incredible scenery, natural attraction and action-­packed activities.

If you find yourself with a little extra time in the area we highly recommend following the dramatic Hollyford Track. There is a range of walking options available, and with a local guide leading the way, you can get the most out of the adventure.

Hollyford Track, Fiordland National Park

Hollyford Track

Day 12. Glenorchy & Mt Aspiring National Park

Sitting on the shores of the beautiful Lake Wakatipu, you will find Glenorchy a gorgeous little town and home to some of the best outdoor activities in New Zealand. 2 weeks into your trip, you might want to explore the expansive surroundings with a Dart River guided tour.

This local operator offers two great sightseeing options; the adrenaline pumping Wilderness Jet boat and Funyak inflatable kayaks. Both options offer unique ways to explore the Mt Aspiring National Park along the Dart River, with its hidden rock pools and dramatic chasms.

On foot, you can join Guided Walks New Zealand on a hike through the beautiful Queenstown backcountry, Mt Aspiring National Park and Routeburn Valley, to discover the natural beauty and incredible scenery that makes this land so special.

Dart River Funyaks, Queenstown

Dart River Funyaks

Day 13 & 14. Queenstown ­Year ­Round Playground

Famous for its alpine setting, dry climate and perfect powder, Queenstown is a skiers paradise. Visit any time of year, and there’s plenty to keep you busy.

We love the Shotover Jet, a fast-paced, heart-pounding jet boat ride through the dramatic Shotover River and its narrow canyons.

In the winter months, if skiing isn’t your thing, you should definitely try Snowshoeing. Guided snowshoeing tours are available, whenever there’s snow on the ground. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s our favourite way to enjoy the snow.

Want to fit more into your trip?

Check out the articles below for advice on how to pack more into your trip to New Zealand.

New Zealand Places To Visit

Top Things To Do In New Zealand 

Must see attractions in New Zealand

Things To Do And See In South Island, New Zealand

Queenstown adventure activities