5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:  5 days (approx.)
Do and see it all on a five-day adventure from Auckland that takes you to Waitangi, Rotorua, Waitomo and Middle-earth! Your journey reveals the history and natural beauty of New Zealand’s North Island on a dolphin-spotting cruise across the Bay of Islands and a drive along Ninety Mile Beach at Cape Reinga. Enjoy a magical boat ride through the glowworm grotto at Waitomo Caves, and dine at a Maori village in Rotorua. With sheep dogs, kiwi birds and Hobbit holes included, this five-day North Island tour highlights all the must-see sights, and provides a choice of standard or superior accommodation in Paihia and Rotorua.

Highlights

  • Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton movie set 5-day tour from Auckland
  • Take a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in Paihia and see dolphins on a Bay of Islands cruise
  • Drive along Ninety Mile Beach on a day trip to Cape Reinga
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Waitomo Caves and a boat ride through the glowworm grotto
  • Watch a Maori cultural show and eat a hangi dinner at Tamaki Maori Village
  • Visit the geothermal wonderland of geysers and boiling mud pools at Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Take a journey through Middle-earth on The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Choice of either standard or superior accomodation

What You Can Expect

5-Day Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

Tamaki Maori Village Warrior

Choose from standard or superior accommodation in Paihia and Rotorua on this five-day tour that takes you to all the North Island highlights: the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the bubbling mud and hot springs of Rotorua, the Waitomo glowworm caves, a drive along Ninety Mile Beach at Cape Reinga and a traditional hangi dinner at a Maori village.

Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland -- Paihia
After being picked up from your Auckland hotel, cross over the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge and journey into ‘the winterless North’ to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Along the way, your driver guide will keep you informed and entertained, pointing out sites of interest as you drive through rolling farmland and lush native forest. After stopping for a brief morning tea break in Kaiwaka (own expense), continue past Whangarei to the seaside town of Paihia. Take a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where New Zealand's founding document was signed between Maori chiefs and the British. Enjoy join a cruise into the Bay of Islands, keeping a lookout for dolphins swimming in the bay, and admire the region’s famous Hole in the Rock landmark. Returning to Paihia, spend the remainder of the afternoon and evening at your choice of accommodation.

Overnight: Your choice of standard (Kingsgate) or superior (Scenic) accommodation in Paihia

Day 2: Paihia -- Cape Reinga (L)
Today you’ll travel to the northernmost point of New Zealand at Cape Reinga, where the Pacific and Tasman oceans meet. On the way, stop to explore the Puketi kauri forest with its 1000-year-old native trees. Take a short walk along an elevated walkway and learn about conservation efforts to preserve the forest today. Your tour continues through the rolling hills of Northland's rural countryside, with breathtaking coastal and forest views. Enjoy a drive along Ninety Mile Beach, and try boogie boarding down the sand dunes. Travel to Cape Reinga, a significant site where, according to Māori legend, spirits depart on their journey home to Hawaiki. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views and visit the iconic lighthouse before relaxing on the journey back to Paihia.

Overnight: Your choice of standard (Kingsgate) or superior (Scenic) accommodation in Paihia

Day 3: Paihia -- Rotorua
Travel from Paihia back through Auckland and on to Rotorua, traveling through the North Island’s scenic countryside of forests and rolling farmland. In the evening, you might like to visit the Polynesian Spa or Hells Gate thermal area for a soak in a natural spring or mud pool; both are open late.

Overnight: Your choice of standard (Ibis or Sudima) or superior (Millennium) accommodation in Rotorua

Day 4: Rotorua -- Waitomo Caves (D)
Today, experience stunning scenery above and below ground on a guided tour of the fascinating Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Travel through lush farmland to the King Country region to Waitomo, then wander through subterranean caverns and learn how the stalagmites, stalactites and other spectacular limestone rock formations were formed over millions of years. To end your tour, travel through the Glowworm Grotto on a magical boat ride, surrounded by the twinkling lights of thousands of glowworms. Your afternoon is free to explore Rotorua before you are welcomed into an authentic Maori village. Discover Maori art forms, ancient rituals and traditional song and dance, then share a three-course meal with your Maori hosts.

Overnight: Your choice of standard (Ibis or Sudima) or superior (Millennium) accommodation in Rotorua

Day 5: Rotorua -- Hobbiton -- Auckland
This morning see roaring geysers and boiling mud at Te Puia, followed by kiwi birds at Rainbow Springs and working sheep dogs rounding up sheep at the Agrodome. Then take the Hobbiton movie set tour to Matamata, home to the beautiful farmland that was transformed into the Shire from Middle-earth in The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. Your guide will show you Hobbit holes and other movie structures. Have a drink in the Green Dragon Inn before boarding your coach back to your Auckland hotel.

Accommodation Options:
STANDARD:
Paihia - Kingsgate Hotel: The Kingsgate Hotel is located in a prime position with waterfront views across the bay. With great comfort and service, the Kingsgate is a great option for your stay in Paihia. Standard room with own bathroom facilities.

Rotorua - Ibis Hotel: The Ibis hotel offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views. The central location is easily accessible to cafes and restaurants. Standard room with own bathroom facilities.
OR
Rotorua - Sudima Hotel: Sudima Lake Rotorua is the largest hotel in Rotorua, and is set right on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua. The hotel is also adjacent to the world-famous Polynesian Spa complex, Rotorua Museum and Government Garden, and just a short stroll from Rotorua's vibrant city centre. Standard room with own bathroom facilities.

SUPERIOR:
Paihia - Scenic Hotel: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands has island-influenced architecture with beautifully landscaped grounds and light, airy rooms. Situated at the entrance to the seaside town of Paihia, it’s a pleasant stroll into town to the main wharf, visitor activities, fine dining and shopping. Superior room with own bathroom facilities.

Rotorua - Millennium Hotel: Centrally located in the city beside mystical Lake Rotorua, the Millennium Hotel Rotorua is one of the most conveniently located and best appointed hotels. This child-friendly hotel has many services and facilities for younger guests, including a heated pool for toddlers and a family pool. Superior room with own bathroom facilities.

Please note: Due to operational requirements, hotel lists are subject to change by the tour operator without notice.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

V. Good if u dont have much time. We had a week in total for all NZ - flew to Auckland on Sun, had the evening, then next day, with this 5 day tour starting on Tues-Sat. It basically takes you around the northern half of the north isl. and covers it all pretty well. Day1- Leave city in a coach, drive over the bridge and begin journey to beautiful Paihia - see nice countryside on way with a cpl stops here and there. It is narrated and I enjoyed this trip. The cruise was very fun. We didn't get to see all sights due to weather, but we did see alot more that normally isn't included. We also didn't see dolphins, so they gave us a another trip for free with no expiry date. The choppy water made the cruise really fun - for me anyways. After the cruise, you get taken to your hotel room. We chose Superior accom, and the rooms were nice, although the hotels were a little away from main areas, then again not really that far though - we walked. I had nothing to complain of. Day2- Long bus drive to the northernmost tip of NZ, and when you get there not really too much to see/do. There's a little lighthouse, and U can see where 2 oceans meet. it was good, but then worth the drive?? The trip back was where it paid off - instead of the same route back, the bus actually takes you onto the 90 mile beach and drives through the water. On the way you get to stop at giant skysrcaper sized sand dunes and boogie board down them. Really fun and weird driving in a bus through water. Buffet lunch provided was not buffet - fish and chips. Day3- Really long drive back to Auckland, Really long drive to Rotorua. Full day. Enough said. Day4- Rotorua is awesome and my favorite place on this journey. So many things to do. Caves were incredible. Glowworms were cool. Afternoon off to wander the town was welcome. We skipped Maori dance. Day5 - Geysers fantastic, all shows fantastic, Hobbiton cool and lame - way too many people to enjoy it properly. Will be back to PaiHia and Rotorua for sure. Very fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Everything went very smoothly and according to schedule. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and fun. It was a dream come true to see Hobbiton and the tours were incredible. I definitely recommend going on this trip!

From USD $ 1,321.37

View price calendar

Low Price Guarantee

Select Travel Date


Flexible Date Guarantee

Enter Total Number of Travelers

(Age 14+)

What's this, and can I change it?

Please note: After your purchase is confirmed we will email you a link to your voucher.
What's this?

Tour code: 2105_208

Advertisement
Advertisement

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message