Two Weeks Around New Zealand
Road Trip Travel
New Zealand happens to be the last destination prior to flying to Antarctica. And Christchurch is the city for arrivals from Antarctica!
The Fora Difference
Book with our team of advisors to unlock exclusive perks and discover hidden gems.
Free upgrades, spa credits and more—we got you
Customized travel planning for your style
Expert advice from people who’ve actually been there
Where to stay in New Zealand
Set in pastoral surroundings against the fluted cone of an ancient volcano, Otahuna Lodge is a Victorian mansion that offers its guests a unique sense of wonder and discovery.
Minaret Station Alpine Lodge - Wanaka
Luxurious and private lodge located in a remote location accessible by a jet.
Bay Of Many Coves
Bay of Many Coves is a secluded and enchanting coastal paradise, providing luxury accommodation, pristine nature, and captivating views in a serene and idyllic setting.
$50-$100 (USD) credit per room, per stay to be spent only on extras such as F&B or Spa only on property and during the stay.
Daily Continental breakfast for two people.
Room upgrade to next room category and early check-in/late check-out subject to availability.
Unlock perks by contacting our team of advisors to book your trip.
Things to do in New Zealand
Christchurch - International Antarctic Centre - There is something for everyone! From learning about Penguins to riding around the outside in a Hägglund! There is a storm dome to recreate the weather in Antarctica.
Omaru - Steampunk HQ - This is another interactive museum! Exhibits include the world of Steampunk throughout the years. They love people to take photos and it's inexpensive!
Queenstown - Milford Sound - This is a perfect spot for a river cruise and experience the peacefulness of the fjord! Dolphins are often seen swimming along side the boat and jumping out of the water.
Greymouth - Franz Josef Glacier - If hiking and waterfalls are your favorite then this is a must see! There is a bit of hike to get close to the glacier. Along the way some of the most breathtaking views can be taken in.
From Greymouth to Picton driving along the 6 will be plenty of ocean views along with forests. Also be aware that the road is very winding the closer to Picton you get!
Picton - Aquariums - Ship museums - There is so much to be seen in Picton! There is a ship museum that has the actual ship used to transport settlers to NZ from Europe! This is where the Ferry to Wellington is boarded.
Picton/Wellington - There is a ferry to connect these two cities. The ferry is about 3 hours long and we highly recommend upgrading to first class as there is a meal and super comfy seating!
Napier - Prison Museum - There is an old prison that has become a museum that is super cool! The tour is self guided and has so much information about the past prisoners.
Matamata - HOBBITON!! - The tour of Hobbiton if you are a Lord of the Rings fan is a must! We opted for the upgraded tickets and had lunch with another group of tourists.
Auckland - Sky Tower - They have their own "Space Needle". Level 60 is the observation deck and is 722 feet above the ground.
We visited all of these places and then some within 2 weeks of driving ourselves around both islands. Be sure to stop and take in all of the beauty this country has to offer.
Places to eat & drink in New Zealand
Food in NZ that you have to try
Lamb - Lamb is served almost everywhere!
Mince Pies - Meat and pie shell what could go wrong?!
Fish and Chips - Fresh-caught fish with chips have never tasted better.
Manuka Honey - either as regular honey or as a hard candy.
Wine all over the country! Wineries are all over the South Island!
Lemon & Paeroa (L&P) Soda - Our favorite drink!
Marmite - A spread for your toast! Don't worry it's an acquired taste!
Reach out to a Fora Advisor.
Did you like this guide? Reach out to customize and book your own experience with a Fora Advisor. Or, to chat about travel in general.
You can normally expect a response from Fora within a business day or so. You'll also be subscribed to our travel newsletter (you can unsubscribe at any time).
This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to New Zealand.