Day 1: Auckland to Raglan
Haere mai (welcome)! Your tour kicks off in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland. Head south to your first overnight destination, Raglan. This laid-back West Coast town is world famous for its perfect surf breaks and stunning black sand beaches. On the way to Raglan, you will visit Bridal Veil Falls, where a short walk through beautiful native bush leads to an impressive 55m cascading waterfall.
In the afternoon, you will have the option to take a beginner's surf lesson, or paddle around the harbour on a kayak or stand-up paddle board. In the evening, enjoy a beach/bush walk or witness a perfect sunset over the Tasman Sea - it's all up to you!
Accommodation included: Raglan Sunset Motel or equivalent (3-4 star)
Activities included: Walk to Bridal Veil Falls
Optional paid activities: Surfing, Kayaking & Stand-up paddle boarding (minimum number required)
Day 2: Raglan to Rotorua (via Waitomo Caves)
Departing early, your first stop of the day is Waitomo, a small rural town where the main attraction is in fact underground. Take a boat trip through Waitomo's magnificent cave network, where you will have the chance to see thousands of glow-worms up-close. From here, you will head straight to Rotorua. Before arriving in the town centre, you will take a short walk in Whakarewarewa Forest, where mighty Californian Redwoods (up to 72m high) mixed with native undergrowth give the park a sense of grandeur. There are several track options starting from the park area, as well as the starting point for the spectacular Redwoods Treewalk.
This evening, you will have the option to visit the Tamaki Maori Village or the Polynesian Spa. At the award-winning Tamaki Maori Village, you learn about Maori art, ancient rituals and traditions, and experience a delicious Hangi meal and interactive cultural performance. Alternatively, a relaxing soak in one of the many geothermal pools at the Polynesian Spa is a wonderful way to finish a busy day of adventure.
Accommodation included: Sudima Hotel or equivalent (3-4 star)
Activities included: Waitomo Spellbound glow-worm cave guided tour, Redwoods walk
Optional paid activities: Redwoods Treewalk, Tamaki Maori Village & Polynesian Spa
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3: Rotorua to Taupo
Most will choose to start the day discovering the place where the real Middle Earth story begain - the Hobbiton Movie Set. Explore the hills, gardens and houses that were home to Frodo and Bilbo in Peter Jackson's epic trilogies. Those not interested in Hobbiton can opt to visit Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland - home to huge volcanic craters and a range of extensive geothermal activity, sign up for a show and tour at Agrodome for a unique New Zealand farm experience, or enjoy a free morning to wander around Rotorua's gorgeous lakeside and public parks.
Departing for Taupo in the early afternoon, we will stop at the lookout of thundering Huka Falls, NZ's most photographed natural attraction, on the way into town. You can choose to take a 4km scenic walk alongside Waikato River from the Falls to Spa Thermal Park. Next, head to the town centre on the shores of Australasia's largest freshwater lake, the Great Lake Taupo. You have the rest of the afternoon free for activities. The most popular activity here is to jump out of a plane and skydive over the lake; you can also test your bravery with a bungy jump or relax with a serene sailing trip on the lake.
Accommodation included: Acapulco Motor Inn or equivalent (3-4 star)
Activities included: Overview Huka Falls at the lookout
Optional paid activities: Rotorua - Hobbiton tour, Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, Agrodome farm show & tour; Taupo - Skydiving, Barbary Sailing (recommended from November to March) & Bungy/Swing over the Waikato River
Optional free activities: 3-4km Huka Falls Walkway (ends at Spa Thermal Park)
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4: Taupo to Auckland
It's time to say goodbye to Taupo this morning as you being your journey north back to Auckland. You will stop at the award-winning Hamilton Gardens. After lunch, you will have an ice cream stop in Pokeno before the final drive into Auckland.
The tour officially comes to an end in Auckland city centre. There's still time to wander around the downtown, visit the waterfront, shop for some souvenirs and hang out in some of Auckland's lively cafés and bars.
Activities included: Hamilton Gardens
Meals included: Breakfast, ice cream in Pokeno
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