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  • 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.
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