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DAY 3-4: New Zealand itinerary 2 weeks, 14 days top sights

Taupo 2 nights

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Lake Taupo Sunset Lake Taupo Sunset
  • Day 3 arrive in Taupo (drive / fly from Auckland)
  • Day 4 all day Taupo
Maori cave art, Taupo

Taupo is your introduction to glorious New Zealand scenery. Check out Central North Island road trip for tips about where to go and what to see.

Unmissable sights between Auckland and Taupo are

  • Tirau corrugated sculptures adorning the main street; great instagram moment and definitely humorous
  • Putaruru wetlands where billions of litres of crystal clear spring water create a memorising sight


Vehicle pickup is going to be a one way rental from Auckland to Rotorua. You will be hiring a rental vehicle for 3 days (24 hour periods). Ensure you are aware of the flight schedules from Rotorua airport before arranging your rental vehicle.

Route map

Auckland to Tirau to Taupo 460 km (5 ½ hours) for diehard fans of Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit Village Matamata is temptingly close to Cambridge  …

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