Itinerary For 2 Weeks In

New Zealand

Whether you´re traveling around New Zealand in a campervan with friends or doing a self-drive tour – it´s going to be an epic adventure! So take it easy, relax, and get ready to have the time of your life. Check my ultimate New Zealand 2 week itinerary.

New Zealand 2 Week Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland -> Matamata

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After arriving in Auckland airport head straight to Matamata. This is the best place to start your New Zealand 2 week itinerary. Here, you can either explore Waitomo caves (for the fans of glowworms) or simply visit small towns on the way to Matamata. Don’t rush and enjoy the ride. The views will be beautiful, but believe me, it’s just the beginning…

Thị trấn Matamata ở New Zealand - ngôi làng cổ tích của người Hobbit |

Day 2: Hobbiton -> Maori village -> Rotorua -> Treewalk


Start your day in Hobbiton. Head out there for the earliest tour possible, so that you can avoid the crowds and enjoy the Shire. Hobbiton was one of my favorite experiences in New Zealand. Even if you have never watched The Lord of The Rings trilogy, you will still equally enjoy it.

Comparing Rotorua's Māori villages – which experience is for me? - Whakarewarewa

Visit Maori village for an authentic experience. Why not to learn a little bit more about New Zealand’s native people?

Exploring Natural Icons on New Zealand Tours | Goway

In the evening check out the lights on the Treewalk. If you want to get the most out of it, then go there before 8 pm, since afterwards it’s packed and believe me, it’s not a lot of fun. To be completely honest with you, I enjoyed the Treewalk during the daytime much more rather than at night.

Day 3: Waiotapu -> Huka Falls -> Napier

Explore the wondrous Waiotapu and all of its hot springs, geysers, and mud pools. Be ready, it’s gonna get hot!

Huka Falls - Things to see and do - Lake Taupo | New Zealand

Huka falls maybe isn’t the biggest waterfall, but it sure is impressive.

Port of Napier by `anjules on deviantART - New Zealand | Napier new zealand, New zealand city, New zealand

Napier is a little cute town near the oceanfront. If you love seafood, then you don’t wanna miss Napier’s restaurant scene.

Day 4: Wellington

The only reason I would suggest stopping in Wellington is to visit Weta workshop.

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I was impressed by the talented and hard-working people at the Weta workshop. I couldn’t contain my excitement once I found out about all the movies they did special effects for. Some of those movies have won Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects: The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Avatar, and The Jungle Book. NO BIG DEAL.

Day 5 – 7: Queenstown -> Milford Sound -> Glenorchy -> Paradise

Queenstown - Thị trấn của nữ hoàng | Du lịch Hoàn Mỹ

Milford Sound Travel Guide | MoaTrek New Zealand Tours

And now let´s talk about New Zealand South Island Itinerary: take a flight from Wellington to Queenstown. To be honest, I wouldn’t be able to describe all the things you have to do in Queenstown in a few sentences, so I dedicated the whole post to it. Check all the details on how to spend your 3 days in Queenstown and its surroundings here.

Tour Tham Quan Thiên Đường Glenorchy Từ Queenstown

Day 8: Bungee jumping -> Wanaka tree -> Tekapo

AJ Hackett Bungy Taupo | Taupo Official Website

What is the best way to start your day? Bungee jump! Located just 30mins outside Queenstown it’s the perfect stop on your way to Wanaka and a must-have experience on every New Zealand 2 week itinerary.

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You might have heard about the “lone tree of Lake Wanaka”. Well, it looks more impressive in pictures (most probably the most photographed tree in New Zealand). If you don’t mind a little detour from the main road, then sure do visit it.

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Tekapo is one of my favorite lakes in New Zealand. The area near the lake is recognized as the dark sky reserve, and if you’re there during the new moon, you’ll have one of the best stargazing experiences in your life. Spend the most romantic night enjoying the stars in Lake Tekapo.

Day 9: Tekapo -> Pukaki -> Church of the Good Shepard

Don’t limit your time in Lake Tekapo to nighttime, experience the lake while horse trekking in the morning.

Mount Cook overlooking Lake Pukaki, New Zealand Photograph by Lyl Dil Creations

Visit Lake Pukaki which is equally charming and has vivid turquoise water.

Church of the Good Shepherd - Lake Tekapo - New Zealand | Flickr

If you want to take your own picture with the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd and the night sky (it’s almost on every other postcard from New Zealand), then you need to book a tour. However, you can also visit the church for free during the day and explore its grounds.

Day 10: Ashburton lakes -> Arthur´s pass

Go to Ashburton Lakes for gorgeous scenery, fewer crowds, and LOTR movie locations.

Exploring the Ashburton lakes in Canterbury, New Zealand |

When at Arthur’s pass you can go either for a 1hr or 8hrs hike. Anyway, the views are stunning and the trails are exciting.

Arthur's Pass | NZ - Aliesha Mandy Photography

Day 11: Hokitika Gorge -> Punakaiki

Besides the fact that it rains a lot on the West Coast (almost all the time), Hokitika Gorge is one of the most epic places to visit during your New Zealand 2 week itinerary. Try to go there when it’s not raining for even better scenery.

Hokitika Gorge Walk, West Coast: Sneak peek of NZ's new wilderness walk |

The rocks shaped like pancakes! You might think that I’m obsessed with food (which is true). But in this case, no one can argue the look of Punakaiki rocks. Just watch it for yourself. Oh, and scientists still can’t agree on the reasons why they are shaped like that.

Punakaiki Blowholes Sunset – Nimmo Photography, Gallery & Store

Day 12: Christchurch -> Auckland

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Take a flight from Christchurch back to Auckland and spend the rest of the day in Auckland War Memorial Museum that will take you through the history and culture of New Zealand and its neighbors.

Day 13: Waiheke Island

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Headut to Waiheke Island for a perfect day trip to the wine wonderland. Spend your day visiting different wineries and learning more about New Zealand’s culture of wine. If you don’t like wine, then you can enjoy beautiful beaches and hiking trails: there are so many awesome things to do on Waiheke Island.

Day 14: Waitakere Ranges Regional Park -> Tasman lookout

Auckland to Piha and Waitakere Full-Day Ecotour with Lunch 2021 Tasman Lookout - Scenic point in Waitakere, New Zealand | Top-Rated.Online

What is the best way to end your New Zealand 2 week itinerary? Hiking and taking in the most gorgeous views. Waitakere Ranges Regional Park is the place to be. Checkout Tasman lookout and realize how lucky you are to see what you’re seeing.

From my personal experience, I would advise spending as little time as possible in big cities like Wellington, Auckland, and Christchurch. Rather head out to the remote locations where you can fully enjoy the charm and wilderness of New Zealand. This New Zealand 2 week itinerary was one of the most epic adventures in my entire life…


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