Starts: Auckland, New Zealand
Ends: Auckland, New Zealand
AUCKLAND TO HOT WATER BEACH
?Spend the afternoon walking or kayaking to Cathedral Cove, and then soak in the natural springs at Hot Water Beach!
HOT WATER BEACH TO WAITOMO
Check out New Zealand’s gold mining history before travelling on to experience the glowworms, underwater caves and forest walks of Waitomo.
WAITOMO TO ROTORUA
Last chance to explore Waitomo on the Ruakuri bush walk before heading to Rotorua, the Maori culture capital of New Zealand.
ROTORUA TO TAUPO
A popular backpacker destination, with New Zealand’s biggest lake and plenty to keep you occupied!
TAUPO (EXTRA DAY)
We recommend staying an extra night in Taupo because there’s so much to do! If you’re short on time, you can always skip this extra day, timetable allowing, and get to the next stop sooner.
TAUPO TO RIVER VALLEY
Today we visit Tongariro National Park to enjoy some stunning free walks before arriving at River Valley Adventure Lodge later in the day
RIVER VALLEY TO WELLINGTON
New Zealand’s capital of cool is full of culture, cafes and cinema!
WELLINGTON TO TAUPO
The drive today has beautiful rivers and lakes as well as Lord of the Rings landscapes!
TAUPO TO AUCKLAND (VIA ROTORUA)
Hop-off in Rotorua, or head onwards to the ‘City of Sails’.