New Zealand trips

New Zealand Highlights Itinerary

14 Days


Auckland Central to Central Queenstown


  • Glowworms in Waitomo
  • Sunny Nelson beaches
  • West Coast glaciers

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This itinerary takes you through some of New Zealand’s most scenic spots over 12 days. Enjoy glowworm caves and geothermal wonders in the central North Island, before driving through rolling green farmland to our country’s capital, Wellington.

Venture over Cook Strait by ferry to the South Island. You’ll experience the sunny beaches of Nelson before exploring the glaciers and forests of the wild West Coast. Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital Queenstown and visit the truly majestic Milford Sound. Driving in New Zealand can be very different to driving at home. Before you set out on this fantastic journey, make sure you are familiar with driving in New Zealand.


Auckland Central is an exciting hub of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars

Photo by Auckland Tourism

Day 1

Spend the day in Auckland


Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is situated between two enormous harbours and dotted with 48 extinct volcanic cones. It’s a place to enjoy marine adventures, wine trails, forest walks and urban sophistication.

Skyline view from Devonport

Auckland Central

This is the heart of Auckland, with a relaxed coastal living vibe by day and a night-time energy shared by the inner-city suburbs that surrounds it.

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